variants: less commonly


Definition of center–fire

  1. 1 of a cartridge :  fired by the striking of a hammer or firing pin upon a cap or primer at the center of the base —distinguished from rimfire

  2. 2 :  designed for or adapted to the use of center-fire cartridges a center-fire rifle

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