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Paladin1
June 20, 2000, 08:51 AM
An very inconsequential question, but I'm a curious guy. What is the origin of the name for the sear in the handgun?

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Slowpoke_Rodrigo
June 20, 2000, 09:01 AM
From www.m-w.com (http://www.m-w.com) :

Main Entry: 4 sear
Function: noun
Etymology: probably from Middle French serre grasp, from serrer to press, grasp, from Late Latin serare to bolt, latch, from Latin sera bar for fastening a door
Date: 1596
: the catch that holds the hammer of a gun's lock at cock or half cock

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Paladin1
June 20, 2000, 09:14 AM
Thank you for the response. I am now better educated than when I woke up this morning....

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"I love to do things that scare me, for without fear there is no courage..."

James K
June 20, 2000, 03:19 PM
In old books, it is sometimes spelled "Scear".

Jim