matchlock definition

  • noun:
    • A gunlock which dust is ignited by a match.
    • A musket having such a gunlock.
    • early-type of firearm, using a smoldering bit of cable to fire the powder when you look at the firing cooking pan.
    • The gunlock used in these types of a weapon, having a slow smouldering match, see: slow match.
    • An old kind of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; thus, a musket fired by way of a match.
    • the first as a type of musket-lock, constructed in order to be fired through a match by means of a cord.
    • A musket furnished with a match-lock; a gun fired through a lighted match.
    • an early on design of musket; a slow-burning wick could be lowered into a hole in breech to ignite the fee

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