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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. small-arms

    The muskets, pistols, cutlasses, tomahawks, and boarding-pikes, in charge of the gunner, on board ship.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. small-arms

    Are portable fire-arms known as muskets, rifles, carbines, pistols, etc., and were first invented about the middle of the 14th century. At first they consisted simply of a tube of iron or copper, fired from a stand or support. They were loaded with leaden balls, and were touched off by a lighted match held in the hand. They weighed from 25 to 75 pounds, and consequently two men were required to serve them. The difficulty of loading these weapons, and the uncertainty of their effects, as regards range and accuracy, prevented them from coming rapidly into use, and the cross-bow was for a long time retained as the principal projectile weapon for infantry. The difficulty of aiming hand-cannon, arising from their great weight, was in a measure overcome by making them shorter, and supporting them on a tripod, by means of trunnions which rested on forks. This arm was called an arquebuse (which see). The next improvement in the arquebuse was to make it lighter, and inclose it in a piece of wood called the stock, the butt of which was pressed against the left shoulder, while the right hand applied the match to the vent. It was still very heavy, and in aiming, the muzzle rested in the crotch of a fork placed in the ground. To give steadiness to the aim while applying the match to the priming, a species of lock was next devised, which consisted of a lever holding at its extremity a lighted match. In firing, the lever was pressed down with the finger until the lighted end of the match touched the priming. This apparatus, known as the serpentine, continued in use until it was replaced by the wheel-lock, which was invented in Nuremburg, in 1517. (See Wheel-lock.) The petronel was a wheel-lock arquebuse of larger caliber and lighter weight than its predecessors. See Petronel.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of small-arms in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of small-arms in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of small-arms in a Sentence

  1. Scott Stewart:

    It’s possible that they were trained in Yemen or anywhere on the Arabian Peninsula, this was a highly trained team. They were trained in small arms and small unit tactics. What they were displaying is guerrilla warfare 101.

  2. Trey Yingst:

    There's a lot of chaos around us depending on the war zone. Sometimes it's rocket fire, sometimes it's a ballistic missile, sometimes it's small arms fire, and you got to breathe, you've got to relax, understand that if you're panicking, or you're running around, you can't get the story out. And you also have to remember that people are relying on you to give them a clear picture of what's happening on the ground. They understand there's chaos, they understand that Russia has invaded a sovereign country, so how do we distill this down in a way that people can grasp but then ultimately care about?

  3. Raymond Schrump:

    I went across an open field to determine if a couple of my soldiers were killed or wounded and then there was small arms fire.

  4. Robert Citino:

    The FG-42 was influential on post-war small arms development including the American M60 machine gun.

  5. Frank Pope:

    Any time you get people who are hungry and without other options you've got a security situation. ( In) Northern Kenya we're bordered by South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia, all of which are still in the grip of conflict that spews small arms into this ecosystem, so you've got a lot of weapons up here and increasing hunger so, yeah, I'd say that's an increasing security concern.


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