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breechblock

[breech-blok] /ˈbritʃˌblɒk/
noun, Ordnance
1.
a movable piece of metal for closing the breech in certain firearms.
Also, breech-block.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; breech + block
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Examples from the web for breechblock
  • Early breechloaders incorporated a sharpened cutter blade atop the breechblock.
  • The breechblock is then held to the rear while the barrel is driven forward by its own spring.
British Dictionary definitions for breechblock

breechblock

/ˈbriːtʃˌblɒk/
noun
1.
a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert the cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
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