from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mining, a piece of timber used in supporting the workings.
- n. In gunnery, a lug for the attachment of a gunlock, formed on the rear part of the barrel, near the vent, in guns of the older varieties.
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All the new guns are marked on the top of the lock-piece, base-ring, the reinforce sight-mass, and the swell of the muzzle, by notches which indicate a vertical plane passing through the axis of the bore, at right angles to the axis of the trunnions.
For other guns the position of the lock-piece is marked on the profile-board, and their measures taken as above.
Half the difference between the diameters of the gun at the base-ring and swell of the muzzle, or at any intermediate point on the line of metal, will give the proper height of the dispart-sight at the point where the least diameter was taken, to which must be added the height of the lock-piece above the base-ring, in order to get a line of sight over it, parallel to the axis of the bore.
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