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The Matchlock Gun

The Matchlock Gun




      

The Matchlock Gun


The Matchlock Gun

The first gun that had a trigger was called a matchlock gun, or just matchlock for short, in virtue of the fact that the powder was lighted with a match—that is, a fuse—which was held in a lock, or lever, and which was in turn worked by a trigger as shown in Fig. 11.

When the trigger was pulled it brought the lock down to the touch-hole and coming in contact with the powder ignited it, and this was a good deal safer than for the musketeer to light the powder by applying the match with his hand. The word musket, by the way, comes from the French mousquet, which in their language means gun, but any kind of a smooth-bore gun was known as a musket.

This early type of gun, which was invented in 1476, was fitted with sights and a fairly well shaped stock, so that it could be easily and firmly rested against the shoulder.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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