flintlock

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flint +‎ lock

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flintlock (plural flintlocks)

  1. 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.

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