Flintlock - (Weapon)

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Flintlock - (Weapon) A type of gunlock which dates from the early seventeenth century. The pan holds priming powder and has a hinged cover from which rises a piece of steel; a flint is held in the jaws of a cock; when discharged the flint strikes the steel and at the same time throws the cover back thus allowing the sparks to shower into the priming. See Snaphaunce.

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