Definition of centrefire in English:

centrefire

adjective

  • [attributive] Relating to or denoting guns whose cartridges have the primer in the centre of the base.

    • ‘Also in 1876, the Marlin / Ballard rifles began to be chambered for the heavy, centerfire cartridges needed on the frontier.’
    • ‘Now, for the first time, handgun manufacturers began offering hot, small-bore centerfire cartridges for small game and varmints.’
    • ‘With all the new cartridges appearing in recent years, it's curious that the selection of .22 centerfire cartridges seems to be declining.’
    • ‘In 1866, the first centerfire cartridge-firing American rifle appeared with the 1866 Springfield, chambered in .50-70.’
    • ‘It was the first centerfire cartridge adopted by the U.S. military.’
    • ‘The round is designed by Tom Burczynski, who brought us the famous Hydra-Shok and Starfire centerfire self-defense rounds.’
    • ‘That's more than twice that of an average high-intensity centerfire cartridge and more than enough to cause the damage seen here.’
    • ‘They allow the shooter to become more familiar with the feel, operating controls and trigger pull of the ‘real’ gun without the recoil and expense of centerfire ammunition.’
    • ‘It was their first firearm to take centerfire, reloadable cartridges, and it was their first firearm to use ferrous metal for the receiver.’
    • ‘In ammunition, Remington is introducing Managed-Recoil centerfire cartridges and shotgun loads.’
    • ‘In 1866 the first centerfire American cartridge rifle appeared in the form of the 1866 Springfield Trap Door chambered in .50-70.’
    • ‘Today's Open-Top from Cimarron uses modern centerfire ammunition and is offered with both the 1860 and 1851 Navy grip frame.’
    • ‘Smith & Wesson sent their new Model No.3 to the U.S. Army for testing and they almost immediately sent it back to them saying to be considered, the cartridge had to be centerfire.’
    • ‘Barrel heating, which can be a problem with centerfire varmint cartridges, is hardly an issue with the .17 HMR.’
    • ‘There are many different kinds of .22 LR ammunition on the market, and all of them are fairly inexpensive compared to centerfire ammo.’
    • ‘The cost of 1,000 rounds of the new centerfire .44 cartridges was $20.’
    • ‘Originally designed for centerfire cartridges, the rifle was first chambered for .22 rimfires in 1886.’
    • ‘The practice of lead lapping certainly dates to the early days of centerfire cartridges and perhaps even further back into the days of muzzleloaders.’
    • ‘Schroeder sells pre-formed 5mm centerfire cases and three different bullets for the 5mm - a 40 gr. spitzer, round nose, and FMJ.’
    • ‘I can reload centerfire ammunition almost as cheaply, but some days I just want to shoot without fretting about lost cases or going through the reloading process.’

Pronunciation:

centrefire

/ˈsentəfʌɪə/