[Ads-l] pop a cap: big antedating

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 1 22:08:14 UTC 2015

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM, GUY LETOURNEAU Owner <
guy1656 at centurylink.net> wrote:

> Interesting that the linguistics seemed only slightly affected despite the
> technological change in the later 19th century from percussion caps / loose
> powder to fixed ammunition, especially center-fire rounds, with the cap
> (now called a 'primer') integrated into the cartridge.

And then, there were the cap-pistols of my lost youth, surely one of the
most popular toys for boys of that now mostly-forgotten era of the

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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