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- n. Alternative form of snaphance.
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It was like reintroducing the matchlock or the snaphaunce, but Ruger doted on the single-shot, and that was that.
This is a genuine snaphaunce, not to be confused with the Spanish or Moorish
There were also matchlocks, snaphaunce pieces, pistols, swords and hangers (cutlasses).
By 1625, however, the picture had changed, for the wheel-lock, snaphaunce, and "doglock," were being used in large numbers, and the matchlock had become obsolete.
Down he gets from the saddle and me by the collar, and claps a great snaphaunce under my nose.
Reaching the firelock from the corner I found it to be furnished with a snaphaunce or flintlock, and though very rusty, methought cleaned and oiled it might make me a very good weapon had I but powder and shot for it.