from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Designed to be loaded at the breech. Used of a gun or other firearm.

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  • adjective Describing a breechloader gun - a gun that has ammunition loaded from the rear of the barrel rather than where it will exit.


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  • The guns known as breechloading rifles are from three inches to fourteen inches in calibre, that is, across the bore, and in length from twelve to over sixty feet.

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  • The arrival of a given technology—whether breechloading rifles, tanks or computers—does not itself miraculously produce progressive change or induce soldiers to behave differently.

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  • The Union Army fought the Civil War with single-shot muzzle-loaders, despite the fact that practical breechloading repeaters were available for almost all of that period.

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  • In - lines are set up with scope sights, flater trajectories, and other features that make them much closer to hunting with a modern bolt gun or breechloading single shot than a traditonal muzzleloader.

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  • For his timely and needful present I gave him two doti, and amused him with an exhibition of the wonderful mechanism of the Winchester rifle, and my breechloading revolvers.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Muzzle-loading black-powder firearms were more common far longer than metallic-cartridge, breechloading guns.

    Time Scout

  • He armed them with the Sharps breechloading rifle that owed its design to the Ferguson rifle of 1776.


  • The offensive power of the ship consists of seven breechloading rifled guns of 27 centimeters (10.63 in.), and weighing 24 tons each, six breechloading rifled guns of 14 centimeters (5.51 in.), and quick-firing and machine guns of the Hotchkiss systems.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • Reserves, and her armament was composed of six-inch breechloading rifles, not of the rapid-fire class.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

  • I picked up an Evans rifle -- we had two on board -- filled the magazine, handed it to Niâbon, told her to lay it down in the little cabin, out of sight, with the other arms -- three Snider carbines, my breechloading shotgun, and three of those rotten pin-fire French service revolvers -- the Lefaucheux.

    The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton 1902


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