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ri·fle 1

a. A firearm with a spirally grooved bore, designed to be fired from the shoulder.
b. An artillery piece or naval gun with a spirally grooved bore.
2. rifles Troops armed with rifles.
tr.v. ri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
To cut spiral grooves within (a gun barrel, for example).

[Short for rifle gun, rifled gun, from rifle, to cut spiral grooves in, from French rifler, to scratch, from Middle French, from Old French; see rifle2.]

ri·fle 2

v. ri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
v. tr.
1. To search (an area or container, for example) thoroughly, especially using the hands with the intent to steal or remove something: rifled the desk, looking for the keys.
2. To rob or search with the intent to rob: rifled the travelers of their belongings.
3. To steal (goods).
v. intr.
To search vigorously: rifling through my drawers to find matching socks.

[Middle English riflen, to plunder, from Middle French rifler, from Old French rifler, to scratch, brush up against, from Old High German riffilōn, to scrape, scratch; akin to Old Norse rīfa, to rive.]

ri′fler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rifled - of a firearm; having rifling or internal spiral grooves inside the barrel
smoothbore, unrifled - of a firearm; not having rifling or internal spiral grooves inside the barrel


[ˈraɪfld] ADJ (Tech) → estriado, rayado
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Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket, the Spencer Repeating Rifle--a lever-action rifle with a seven-round tube magazine chambered for the rimfire .
7-inch rifled barrel is made of German steel, fully shrouded and choked for accuracy.
Navy adopted the Remington Rolling Block Model 1867 carbine to replace the bewildering assortment of various rifled muskets, Spencer, Jenks and Sharps & Hankins breech loading rifles and carbines.
WW Greener wrote in his book, The Gun and its Development, a smooth bore arm was as accurate as a rifled arm out to 60 yards as well as the advantages of higher velocity, less recoil, and easier to clean--all due to the absence of rifling grooves that would cut into the projectile upon ignition.
At the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie, New York, not only is there displayed a percussion-converted double rifle attributed to Murphy but also a page dated February 19, 1776, from the ledger of gunsmith Isaac Worly of Easton, Pennsylvania, reading, "A rifle made for Timothy Murphy, a two-barrel rifle--with both barrels rifled, only one made.
In most recent years there has been a decided growing interest among the big-game hunting fraternity toward the rifled slug-loaded shotgun and for a number of reasons.