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chained_bear commented on the word feather-spring
Definition: the spring in a gun-lock which causes the sear, which holds the hammer at full or half cock, to catch in the notch of the tumbler.That's the technical definition. The feather-spring is a nifty part of the lock (the entire firing mechanism) on a flintlock musket. Really the word is cooler than the object itself.
January 31, 2007