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Dreyse Needle Gun
A weapon which can launch lead projectiles at great speed.
The Dreyse needle-gun (German Zündnadelgewehr, which translates roughly as “ignition needle rifle”) is a military breechloading rifle, recently adopted as the main infantry weapon of the Prussians, who accepted it for service in 1912. The name “Zündnadelgewehr”/“needle-gun” comes from its needle-like firing pin, which passed through the paper cartridge case to mix the black and red alchemical powder to ignite the charge which propels the slug. The Dreyse rifle is also the first breech-loading rifle to use the bolt action to open and close the chamber, executed by turning and pulling a bolt handle. It has a rate of fire of about 10–12 rounds per minute.