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|Swedish to English translations [PRO]|
|Swedish term or phrase: eldpistolen|
|The term is from a brief history of matches etc. The sentence reads, "Föregångaren till den moderna tändaren är eldpistolen, som introducerades i slutet av 1600-talet".|
"Flame pistol" or "fire pistol" seem rather too literal, but Googling gives very few correct context hits, even in Swedish, and I am unable to find anything to suggest what this item might have been called in English.
See the first reference link for a Swedish description. See the second reference link at page 134 for an English description, complete with image of a "pistol tinder." It is indeed a fire starter that resembles a flintlock pistol, being derived from the same.
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|Many thanks, Charles. That looks like exactly the sort of item to which I think the text must refer.|
Thanks also to everyone else for their contributions. Much appreciated.
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Roman candle gun
I guess it must be understood as firearm
From ref 1
Having invented the wheel-lock, the gun-maker next turned his hand to designing guns that could fire two or more rounds without reloading.
Roman Candle GunThe obvious answer to this need was to make guns with two or more barrels, and a lock for each barrel. Many weapons were designed on these lines, including the German 16th century gun illustrated here. It has two barrels one above the other; each barrel has its own wheel-lock.
From ref 2
One interesting solution to the reloading problem was the "Roman Candle Gun". This was a muzzleloader in which multiple charges and balls were loaded one on top of the other, with a small hole in each ball to allow the subsequent charge to be ignited after the one ahead of it was ignited. It was neither a very reliable nor popular firearm, but it enabled a form of "automatic" fire long before the advent of the machine gun.
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