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  • n. That part of a matchlock or flintlock gun or rifle that holds the burning fuse or flint and applies it to the gunpowder.


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  • That's the last I can remember of Thunder — the dogneck gave no support and the doghead lolled over my arm.

    Bitter Love Story

  • Sarah was behind the big man and she cocked the musket, grimacing with the force needed to drag back the doghead.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • He fired, and the golden tiger-mask doghead snapped forward onto the frizzen.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • He brought up the musket, folded the leather over the flint and seated it in the doghead, men looked up to see that the mass of the enemy was now just a hundred paces away.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • The Sergeant had unscrewed the musket's doghead, extracted the flint in its folded leather pad and now offered the scrap of stone to Captain Morris.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • Some of them had no flints, others had no leather flint-seatings, while one gun did not even have the doghead screw to hold the flint in place.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • The flint had skewed in the doghead and he released the screw, adjusted the leather patch that gripped the flint, then tightened it down.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • They looked a beaten, ragtag unit, but they were still Riflemen and every Baker rifle had an oiled lock and, gripped in its doghead, a sharp-edged flint.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • On reaching a ledge of rock that overhung the lake a few feet, he paused and wheeled about; click went the doghead, just as the bear rose to grapple with him; another moment, and a bullet passed through the brute's heart, while the bold hunter sprang lightly on one side, to avoid the dash of the falling animal.

    The Young Fur Traders

  • Even uncocked the weapon could fire if the flint’s doghead snagged on a twig, was dragged back, then released.

    Sharpe's Rifles


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