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center-fire

[sen-ter-fahyuh r] /ˈsɛn tərˌfaɪər/
adjective
1.
(of a cartridge) having the primer in the center of the base.
Compare rimfire (def 1).
2.
(of firearms) designed for the use of such cartridges.
Also, central-fire.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism
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