flint·​lock | \ ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio) \

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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But a journalist who parachutes into the Sixth District, expecting to write about tax policy or health care, soon ends up pondering stranger questions: Is civility simply outmoded in 2018, the equivalent of bringing a flintlock musket to a gunfight? Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "A House Majority by ‘Any Means Necessary’," 19 Oct. 2018 August 28th Brian McClellan has made a name for himself with his The Power Mage and Gods of Blood and Powder flintlock fantasy trilogies. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books that you should check out this month," 1 Aug. 2018 In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 Guns have always been part of our story, since the beginning, when flintlock muskets were the instruments of our American Revolution. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Can Americans ditch guns the way we ditched cigarettes?," 21 May 2018 Elsewhere, there are flintlock rifles and camel saddlebags; kilims and suzanis; chain mail shirts and Tartar helmets. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 Testing revealed the pistol dates back to 1500 to 1600, before flintlock pistols and muskets were introduced. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Pistol Part Could Shed Light on Colorado’s Spanish Colonial Past," 9 Mar. 2018 Based on the British Model 1760, the Model 1775 was a muzzle-loading, .62-caliber smoothbore flintlock. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The 240-Year Evolution of the Army Sidearm," 25 May 2017 The last U.S. flintlock pistol came in 1836, the same year Samuel Colt patented his revolutionary new revolving pistol. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The 240-Year Evolution of the Army Sidearm," 25 May 2017

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1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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flint·​lock | \ ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of flintlock

: an old-fashioned firearm using a piece of flint for striking a spark to fire the charge

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