Lock (firearm)

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The lock of a firearm is the system used to ignite the propellant. Types of lock include snaplock, matchlock, wheellock, flintlock, modern percussion, rotating bolt, and experimental electronic types. A complete firearm often consists of lock, stock, and barrel. The general mechanism for handling ammunition is known as the firearm action.

The term firelock was originally applied, as the name suggests, to the matchlock, but was later successively applied to the wheellock and then the flintlock as each was invented.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Pennsylvania archaeologist, Pennsylvania archaeologist, Vol.36-40, p.13, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, 1966.
  2. ^ Penny cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Penny cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Vol.1, p.375, C. Knight, 1833.