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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of the bolt or breech of a firearm that strikes the primer and detonates the charge of a projectile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the part of the firing mechanism which strikes the cartridge's primer to ignite the gunpowder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the breech mechanism of a firearm, the pin which strikes the head of the cartridge and explodes it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of the breech-mechanism of a small arm or cannon which explodes the primer of the cartridge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. striker that ignites the charge by striking the primer

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