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Different types of linstocks

A linstock (or lintstock) is a rod or stick that supports a slow match, which was used to light cannons in the early days of artillery. [1]The linstock allowed the gunner to stand farther from the cannon as it was dangerous applying the lighted match to the touch hole at the breech of the gun: not only could the charge flash back, but the recoil of the cannon might send the carriage toward the gunner. Linstocks also had a sharp point to drive into the ground when not in use or to use as a weapon to protect the cannon.

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  1. "Linstock Definition | Definition of Linstock at Dictionary.com". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved 2009-11-05.