breech-loading

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breech-loading

(ˈbriːtʃˌləʊdɪŋ)
adj
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (of a firearm) loaded at the breech
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Adj.1.breech-loading - (of guns) designed to be loaded at the breech
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Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon employing a falling-block action.
Until the advent of cartridge ammunition and breech-loading weapons in the 1840s and 1850s, muskets were still being widely used as late as the American Civil War in the 1860s.