Designed to be loaded at the breech. Used of a gun or other firearm.
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The Federal Treasury is nearly broke from a four-year apocalyptic conflict, but the military needs a battle-tough, breechloading rifle and they need it now.
The other was Harry's practice of loading the breechloading rifles from the muzzle.
His experience extends to one end of the barrel having won the National Championship for Long Range Shooting five times, the second place in the Queens Prize for Commonwealth states in 1964 and is the lifetime president of the Historical Breechloading Small Arms Association of Great Britain.
To me, I would call it a brass breechloading shotgun, but I'm sure you would have a much more accurate name/description for it.
From steam locomotion to Lucozade, from the electric light bulb to Turbinia, from the breechloading gun to MacGregor's hatch covers, from the hydraulic crane to Gladstone Adams's windscreen wipers, and not forgetting Dorman Long bridges, famous across the world - all these are innovations originally emanating from the North East.
Ned Robert's and Ken Water's book, The Breechloading Singleshot Rifle has information on this.
These included percussion smoothbore and rifled muskets and the second breechloading long arm to see service with the U.S.
They were hunted out of fear and the need to protect life and property, for sport, for power, and for target practice." The historical significance of new weapons in the relentless slaughter is also well documented: "As adaptable as grizzlies are, their defenses did not increase as new weapons were developed for use against them--strychnine, whaling guns, pendulum traps, liquor-laced bait (and finally) when the powerful breechloading 'bone-smasher' rifles were invented, the contest was over."
I have also taken pheasants and other birds as far away from the muzzle with my 12-gauge double as with most breechloading guns I've used.
While numbers and training were important, breechloading rifles and rifled cannon were considered valuable force multipliers, with a potential to bring about prompt decisions in Prussia's favor.
1775, that Pattie embarked upon designing the Ferguson Rifle, a modification of Chaumette and Bidet's breechloading system for military use.
With the advent of breechloading firearms, self-contained cartridges, and the Civil War, the demand for Deringer pistols and other percussion weapons declined sharply.