Matchlock vs Jezail - What's the difference?

matchlock | jezail |


As nouns the difference between matchlock and jezail

is that matchlock is early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan while jezail is an afghan matchlock or flintlock musket fired from a forked rest.

matchlock

English

(wikipedia)

Noun

(en noun)
  • Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan.
  • * 1888 , Rudyard Kipling, ‘Dray Wara Yow Dee’, Black and White , Folio Society 2004, vol. 1, p. 372:
  • I crept silently up the hill-road, but the fuse of my matchlock was wetted with the rain, and I could not slay Daoud Shah from afar.
  • The gunlock used in such a weapon, having a slow smouldering match, see: slow match.
  • jezail

    English

    (wikipedia jezail)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An Afghan matchlock or flintlock musket fired from a forked rest.
  • *1887 , (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), A Study in Scarlet , I:
  • *:There I was struck on the shoulder by a Jezail bullet, which shattered the bone and grazed the subclavian artery.
  • *1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 9:
  • *:Those deadly, long-barrelled jezails , which once wrought such slaughter among the British redcoats, had as their modern counterparts the heat-seeking Stinger, which proved so lethal against Russian helicopter-gunships.