pin fire

pinfire

[pin-fahyuhr]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a cartridge fitted with a pin that, when struck by the hammer of the firearm, causes the cartridge to explode.
2.
of or pertaining to a firearm that uses such a cartridge.

Origin:
1850–55; pin + fire

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