Definitions for "Matchlock"
Keywords:  firearm, musket, ignite, pan, gunlock
An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.
A firearm action of the type used by the first European explorers and Conquistadors that relies on an S-shaped (serpentine) piece of metal to hold the smoldering match. Once activated the burning end of the match, held by the upper end of the serpentine, drops to the priming powder in the pan and ignites the powder charge in the barrel though the touch hole.
An early form of firearm where the change was ignited by a cord or "match" of slow burning material.
a little less complex than a flintlock, but is far more dangerous