percussion lock

noun
a gunlock on a firearm that fires by striking a percussion cap.
Compare flintlock.


Origin:
1820–30

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percussion lock
 
n
a gunlock in which the hammer strikes a percussion cap

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Example sentences
The percussion lock was the next improvement in the ignition system after the flintlock.
There is no derange- ment of aim, in consequence of hanging fire, with a percussion lock.
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