from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old forms of firearms, the piece that covers the priming-pan.


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  • Of course it was already loaded, but, lest the night-dew might have damped the priming, he threw up the pan-cover, with his thumb-nail scraped out the powder, and then poured in a fresh supply from his horn.

    The White Chief A Legend of Northern Mexico


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