Definition of flintlock
1 : a lock for a gun or pistol having a flint in the hammer for striking a spark to ignite the charge
2 : a firearm fitted with a flintlock
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The last U.S. flintlock pistol came in 1836, the same year Samuel Colt patented his revolutionary new revolving pistol.
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Definition of flintlock for Students
: an old-fashioned firearm using a piece of flint for striking a spark to fire the charge
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