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(ˈsnæpˌhɑːns; ˈsnæpˌhæns) ,




(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a type of mechanism similar to a flintlock used to discharge a gun
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When the flint-and-steel snaphaunce emerged, another liberating step was taken and then finally, when the true flintlock appeared around the first quarter of the 17th century, the rifle's accuracy was abetted by lower cost and greater simplicity and reliability.
Thus it was that the early hand-held gonne was superseded by the matchlock harquebus, which was replaced with the snaphaunce and dog lock muskets.
One such example is the pair of snaphaunce pistols made by Matteo Acquafresca in about 1690 and recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Around 1622, they began to be replaced by the snaphaunce, an early form of flintlock, also made in Europe.
The snaphaunce came next, named for the snaaphans, who were poultry thieves.