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A device for igniting the charge of a firearm.
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the mechanism in some firearms that causes the charge to be exploded
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the mechanism of a firearm by which the charge is exploded.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gunlock - the action that ignites the charge in a firearmgunlock - the action that ignites the charge in a firearm
action mechanism, action - the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
flintlock - an obsolete gunlock that has flint embedded in the hammer; the flint makes a spark that ignites the charge
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
hammer - the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
wheel lock - an obsolete gunlock using flint and a revolving wheel
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References in classic literature ?
crouch again into the grass, down with ye both; as I'm a miserable piece of clay, I heard the ticking of a gunlock!"
Other sales areas where retailers can zero in on profits include gunlocks and safes, magazine blockers, empty chamber and chamber indicators, and more.
Corey is bringing to a close several years of research on a variety of projects: European gunlocks, the Roy G.
DAC Technologies makes security safes, gunlocks, gun-cleaning kits, sporting goods, household cleaning products and other hardware items.
Life Jacket gunlocks provide excellent security, speedy lockup and access, and they can be either completely portable or bolted to almost any surface.
225 Forg'd Britches ..." (3) John Henry was making gunlocks, and complete guns--and not on a small scale.
A small sample of the trade list entries includes: '3 bone combes ix Jewes harps', priced at Is., from Thomas Manseck, chapman, of Andover, Hampshire, in 1618; It 5 dozen of Jews harpes 7 dozen of pack needles & Compasses', at a price of 5s., from Clement Austen, ironmonger, of London, in 1667; 'It a parcel of Sifters hogg rings vice tongs Capphookes gunlocks harps & Tobacco tongs', at a total of [pounds sterling]2 19s.
* Gunlocks fit over the trigger housing of guns to prevent firing of the weapon.
Furthermore, Weil and Hemenway (1992) found that those individuals who did not use safety devices such as gunlocks were more likely to keep firearms loaded.
At twelve, about one third, perhaps one half, of the men had collected, and an inspector's return of the number present, and of their arms would have stood nearly thus: I captain, 1 lieutenant; ensign, none; fifers, none; privates, present, 24; ditto, absent, 40; guns, 14; gunlocks, 12; ramrods, 10; rifle pouches, 3; bayonets, none; belts, none; spare flints, none; cartridges, none; horsewhips, walking canes, and umbrellas, 10.
This practice of buying guns and, more importantly, gunlocks from Great Britain continued until the War of 1812 interrupted the flow.