flint + lock
flintlock (plural flintlocks)
- An early type of firearm, using a spring-loaded flint to strike sparks into the firing pan.
1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
- But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder.