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Ignition Systems

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The cannon lock established the firearm as a tool for the individual soldier. The next firearm component to evolve was the lock or propellant ignition system. The logical step beyond the cannon lock was to place the match on the firearm instead of requiring the soldier to hold it with the other hand. The dangers of holding a lighted match while trying to pour gunpowder down the barrel are readily apparent.

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