from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of lock for a gun, in which a hammer strikes upon a percussion-cap placed over the nipple, and ignites the charge — or the cap may be attached to the cartridge, and exploded by a striker without the aid of a nipple.
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It was more than a century after muskets were first used in war before they were introduced in the English army to the exclusion of bows and arrows; more than fifty years passed after the invention of flint-locks before they were substituted for match-locks; and many years elapsed after the invention of the percussion-lock before it came into general use.
The last improvement which we shall notice was the percussion-lock.
Drawings of these specimens were exhibited, comprising the match-lock, the pyrites wheel-lock, the flint-lock, down to the percussion-lock, as adapted by the author.
The old flint-lock musket had theretofore been superseded by the percussion-lock musket, but some of the guns supplied to the troops were old, and altered from the flint-lock.
Slavery and Four Years of War, Vol. 1-2 A Political History of Slavery in the United States Together With a Narrative of the Campaigns and Battles of the Civil War In Which the Author Took Part: 1861-1865
At the encampments near the winter station we found a couple of percussion-lock guns, with caps, powder and lead.