Snaphance

Snap'hance` noun [ Dutch snaphaan a gun, originally, the snapping cock of a gun. See Snap , and Hen .] 1. A spring lock for discharging a firearm; also, the firearm to which it is attached. [ Obsolete] 2. A trifling or second-rate thing or person. [ Obsolete]
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Snaphance

• (n.) A trifling or second-rate thing or person. • (n.) A spring lock for discharging a firearm; also, the firearm to which it is attached.
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Snaphance

A Snaphance or Snaphaunce is a particular type of mechanism for firing a gun or a gun using that mechanism. The name is Dutch in origin but the mechanism can not be attributed to the Netherlands with certainty. It is the mechanical progression of the wheel-lock firing mechanism and the predecessor of the flintlock firing mechanism. It fires from a...
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Snaphance

An early type of ignition system for muzzle-loading firearms; a spring-loaded lock whereby upon pulling a trigger, a hammer holding a flint falls, striking a steel frizzen and while pushing it forward scrapes particles from its surface, which as sparks, fall into a flashpan containing a priming charge of fine gunpowder, igniting first it and then, ...
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