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Location of the frizzen in a flintlock mechanism.


From earlier frizzle (noun), of unknown origin. Compare fleerish, furison


frizzen (plural frizzens)

  1. An L-shaped piece of steel hinged at the rear used in flintlock firearms, positioned over the flash pan so to enclose a small priming charge of black powder next to the flash hole that is drilled through the barrel, such that when fired the flint scraps it so as to create a spark.

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