breech loading


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breech loading

[′brēch ‚lōd·iŋ]
(ordnance)
A method of loading a weapon in which the ammunition is inserted at the rear of the bore.
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The ninth edition provides us with a fascinating historical overview of the progress from muzzle loader to breech loading cartridge rifles, pistols and shotguns.
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