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Lock and Load : Phrases


Get ready.


Lock and load, we need to go.


This phrase refers to the actions required to prepare a gun for firing.

Lock is an archaic term for what is now called the action or the receiver. It was originally called the lock because the mechanism locked the hammer back in the cocked position. The trigger releases the lock to fire the weapon.

Load is to load the cartridge into the firearm, or the charge and ball in a muzzle loaded musket.

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