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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of breech-loading rifle in which the cartridge is exploded by the rapid impact at its base of a needle or small spike.

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  • "What struck him most was a recent Prussian invention, the needle-gun, which he saw would be the arm of the future."

    --"John Nicholson, The Lion of the Punjaub" Author: R. E. Cholmeley, 1908.
    "My Lord, you may rely upon this, that if ever
    there is a desperate deed to be done in India,
    John Nicholson is the man to do it."
    Sir Herbert Edwardes to Lord Canning,
    March 1857.

    July 28, 2015