How does flintlock work

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by BETH, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    naugatuck,Ct.
    i have never seen anyone shoot a flintlock what do u have to do to shoot it?
     

  2. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    naugatuck,Ct.
    thanks jj have to ck it out when i get home
     
  3. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    flint should be about a 1/16" from the frizzen with a nice clean edge. Test it out once or twice for spark, then load up and shoot! There are hand cut flints and then there's the machined onces that are perfect parallelagrams, both work good. Some only last 15-20 shots on each side, some much longer.

    and use FFFF in the pan; smaller amount can actually net faster ignition, don't need a lot.

    I use a nose spray bottle with the tip cut open a bit to hold the 4f pan powder for the range where I'm shooting a lot.
     
  4. Quahog

    Quahog New Member

    Flintlock Rule #1 . . .

    Make sure that the frizzen is hard and your spark is bright.
     
  5. dcriner

    dcriner Member

    447
    Apr 18, 2011
    Illinois
    Beth, do you have a flintlock? If so, you can fire it unloaded in a dimly lit room, and verify that is\t sparks.
     
  6. CCHolderinMaine

    CCHolderinMaine Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Steep Falls, Maine
    That's pretty darn good advice for most of life's situations.
     
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