rim-fire

rimfire

[rim-fahyuhr]
adjective
1.
(of a cartridge) having the primer in a rim encircling the base. Compare center-fire ( def 1 ).
2.
(of a firearm) designed for the use of such cartridges.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; rim + fire

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rim-fire
 
adj
1.  (of a cartridge) having the primer in the rim of the base
2.  (of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges

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