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The lock of a firearm is the firing mechanism used to ignite the propellant. Types of lock include matchlock, wheellock, snaplock, snaphance, miquelet lock, doglock, flintlock, modern caplock/percussion, and experimental electronic types. Parts of the lock can include the serpentine (for matchlocks), wheel (for wheellocks), cock and frizzen (for flintlocks) or the hammer (for caplocks). A complete muzzleloader consists of lock, stock, and barrel.
Locks are typically spoken of when it comes to firearms which use loose ball and powder, and not to metallic Cartridge breech-loading firearms, which are all percussion-based. In breech-loading weapons, the general mechanism for handling ammunition is known as the firearm action.
- Bolt (firearms)
- Flintlock mechanism
- Bolt action
- Falling-block action
- Rolling block
- Semi-automatic rifle
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