from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument used for clearing the vent of a gun when it has been obstructed with caked powder, or with a fragment of metal from a primer.


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  • If at any time he should find the vent obstructed, and be unable to clear it with the priming-wire or boring-bit, he will at once report to the officer of division, who will order the vent-punch used; or, if this should fail, have recourse to the vent-drill and brace in charge of the Quarter Gunner.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

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