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.

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

percus′sion cap`


n.
a small metallic cap containing an explosive powder, detonated by percussion to fire the charge of small arms.
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.
Basically they were single-shots which fired low-power rounds evolved from Flobert1s original idea of introducing a small-caliber bullet into a percussion cap.
Back in the days of the percussion cap Colt, it was common to raise the pistol until the muzzle was straight up in the air before cocking, because that let any loose fired percussion caps fall clear of the gun, instead of falling down between the hammer and the frame, where they would block the hammer from firing.
His cartridge consisted of 6mm percussion cap with a small lead ball inserted in its throat.
454" round balls and Wonder Wads over 30 grains of Pyrodex P and ignited by a #10 percussion cap gives 750 fps and a 5-shot, 20-yard group of 1 1/8".
Furthermore, the only muzzleloaders that can be used during Muzzleloading Gun Season are those that are fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers).
The man told investigating officers that while preparing to go deer hunting, he failed to check whether his muzzleloader contained a powder charge and had a bullet in it before putting a live percussion cap in the rifle.
He lifted the lid completely off and to his astonishment he saw a small hammer attached by its handle to the lid, the head of the hammer was attached to a nipple which itself was attached to a percussion cap.
The difference is there is a hole in the case where a pin is inserted, and it rests against the percussion cap.
These guns have been in existence since almost the invention of the percussion cap, yet they fly below the radar and are unknown to most folks.
The winding-down of the plant will sever a historic industrial link dating back to 1862, when entrepreneur George Kynoch opened a percussion cap factory at Witton.