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Old June 20, 2000, 08:51 AM   #1
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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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Old June 20, 2000, 09:01 AM   #2
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From 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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Old June 20, 2000, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thank you for the response. I am now better educated than when I woke up this morning....

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Old June 20, 2000, 03:19 PM   #4
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In old books, it is sometimes spelled "Scear".

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