from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as vent-peg, 1.
- n. Anything used to stop the vent of a gun while it is being sponged, the object being to insure the complete extinction of any sparks that remain from the last cartridge fired.
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No. 1 puts in the vent-plug, wipes and lays the hammer in place and the lock-string around it, then puts on the lock-cover; sees his gun properly secured, and the implements and spare articles returned to their places.
The screw-thread is then to be cleaned out, and the new vent-plug screwed in.
One lock with string and vent-plug | complete | In place on the gun.
The Gun Captain puts in the vent-plug, lays the hammer of the lock in its place, and the lock-string in a coil around it.
From that moment, however, the vent-plug was withdrawn, and he talked and talked and talked again.