Visual Dictionary Online


Powered by

cross section of a muzzle loadingclick to hear

cross section of a muzzle loading bore wad powder chamber vent shot

bore click to hear

Hollow part of the muzzle loading that guided the projectile.

wad click to hear

Double pad that kept the projectile in place and transmitted the thrust explosion.

powder chamber click to hear

Part containing the gunpowder charge; it was positioned behind the projectile.

vent click to hear

Opening in the barrel for igniting the powder charge.

shot click to hear

Solid spherical projectile that was loaded into cannons; they were first made of stone, then of cast iron from the 16th century.