percussion cap


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percussion cap

n.
A thin metal cap containing an explosive substance, such as fulminate of mercury, that explodes on being struck.
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percussion cap

n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a detonator consisting of a paper or thin metal cap containing material that explodes when struck and formerly used in certain firearms
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percus′sion cap`


n.
a small metallic cap containing an explosive powder, detonated by percussion to fire the charge of small arms.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percussion cap - a detonator that explodes when struck
detonating device, detonator, cap - a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive
fulminate of mercury, fulminating mercury, mercury fulminate - a fulminate that when dry explodes violently if struck or heated; used in detonators and blasting caps and percussion caps
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I open it, and there are the green-baize compartments, one with a box of percussion caps, still apparently full, another that could not contain many more wadded-bullets, and a third with a powder-horn which can never have been much lighter.
Using the provided powder measure, Hodgdon's Pyrodex P, and a Remington #10 percussion cap, the muzzle velocity of the standard NAA .22 was 287 fps while the longer barrel and cylinder of the Super .22 was 429 fps--neither were powerful enough to penetrate the first pine board completely.
They live among us, you know--hunters who wouldn't think of heading afield with anything other than a blackpowder rifle powered by percussion caps and a sidelock hammer striking a percussion cap or, gasp, flint striking a steel frizzen.
Loading conventionally with loose powder and ball (or a combustible cartridge) and a percussion cap, it was totally unlike anything we are familiar with today, even though it could be fixed in a SA/DA (sort of) mode.
Louis Flobert was a French gunsmith who took the percussion cap, reformed it a bit with a slight rim, added a 5.5 to 6mm round, lead ball to the mouth of the cap and filed a series of patents from 1845 to 1849 that clearly documented the progressive development of his metallic, self-contained cartridges.
Ignition was supplied by a separate percussion cap. At worst, the shooter had to load his revolvers with loose powder dispensed from a flask and top the chamber off with balls he had cast himself.
Always remove the percussion cap from the loaded barrel before beginning your reloading procedure on the barrel you have just fired.
Perhaps Pennsylvania's lawmakers believe that the delayed ignition of the flintlock makes it more sporting than the speedier percussion cap. And maybe it is if you're a whitetail deer.
11 percussion cap. Hunters have the choice of a blued or nickel 26-inch barrel that will accurately group out to 200 yards, and the option of a black or camo nylon synthetic stock.
Though flintlocks had served the British military for close to two centuries, with the invention of the percussion system and subsequent development of the percussion cap, the Board of Ordnance began looking around for a suitable musket to take advantage of this more efficient ignition setup.
Match guns were designed to fire miniature lead balls powered by a percussion cap. By the 1890s, the 4mm rimfire cartridge propelling a lead ball weighing approximately 7.4 grains by the primer force alone had become a standard.