breech-loading breech-loading

Definition(s):

  • (adj) (of guns) designed to be loaded at the breech

Usage(s):

  1. It was only as a brilliant sideline that he designed the first cast-steel, breech-loading cannon, which gave France, in the War of 1870, its first taste of Krupp-built firepower.
  2. He patented his breech-loading rifle in 1879, a repeating rifle in 1884, and a box magazine in 1895.
  3. They had ranges up to two miles, better than the artillery of that day, were discarded only with the advent of breech-loading guns with longer ranges and rifled barrels.

News

  • Historic rifle now on display at Fort Sill museum

    LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - In the years he served as curator of artillery for the Fort Sill Museum, Lynden Couvillion always knew the 3.18-inch Breech-Loading Chambered Rifle was special. Now, thanks to him, visitors who tour the Field Artillery Museum can see exactly how it was loaded. ...
    on January 27, 2014     Source: The Washington Times

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