Flintlock Firearms 4E (1600 – 1830)

In 1600 the next major change in firing mechanisms arrived in the early 1600s.   The flintlock uses a simplified and more reliable version of the snaplock’s triggering mechanism which strikes a flint against the steel frizzen to drop sparks into the flash pan and ignite the charge.

The flintlock firearms enjoyed an extremely long lifespan starting in the late Renaissance and lasting through the American Revolutionary War and beyond.   Flintlock rifles were even used in the early parts of the American civil war.

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