Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Flintlock Rifle

Here are the working parts of the flintlock.

A small piece of flint held in place by a clamping mechanism.   The powder and ball have already been loaded down the barrel.   A small bit of powder is in the small spoon shaped metal piece.  Guns had a small cover that could be lowered to keep the powder dry.  

When the trigger was pulled, the hammer would fall, the flint would strike a piece of metal and create a spark.  The spark would ignite the powder in the spoon...and this would then light the powder that in the muzzle. 

The image below shows wood in lieu of the flint. 

It is truly amazing they worked at all.  And, humidity and rain created all kinds of problems!

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