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- adj. Describing a gun in which the ammunition is loaded at the front of the barrel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Receiving its charge through the muzzle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made to be loaded at the muzzle: said of a gun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of firearms) taking the projectile or cartridge through the muzzle
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For example, the founding fathers clearly intended for Americans to be free to carry muzzle-loading powder-and-ball muskets and personal swords to militia meetings.
A rabbit-skin sleeping-robe, a muzzle-loading rifle, and a few pounds of sun-dried salmon constituted his outfit.
References to seventeenth-century muzzle-loading musketry â¨technology become in Suskind's retelling references to twenty-first century â¨pornography.
If we are getting into those types of specifics (without applying reasonable judgement in a modern context), couldn't it be argued that the founding fathers were referring to the right to bear single-shot, muzzle-loading long rifles?
When the founding fathers wrote that, as the states must maintain a militia, the right of the people to bear arms must not be abridged, the obviously meant that any American had the right to own and carry a muzzle-loading, ball-and-powder flintlock rifle or pistol.
When the Second Amendment was drafted the firearms were pretty much limited to single-shot, muzzle-loading pistols, rifles and muskets.
I guess following Justice Scalia's interpretetation that means that every American has the right to keep and bear any single-shot, muzzle-loading firearm of their choice.
So, in December, we'll be muzzle-loading early and late, and bird hunting in mid-day.
Like training and proficiency, the state of repair and maintenance is difficult to quantify, and the subject is often simply ignored: the complex mechanisms of modern warfare are treated like the muzzle-loading cast iron guns of the eighteenth century.
Bowhunting is ruined by that damned compound bow crap and metal broadheads. .and muzzle-loading ain't muzzle-loading if'n the powder is in a pellet and a Win 209 sets it off ... and don't even get me started on sabot projectiles (damn French words and all) ....