Making your flintlock ignition faster in 15 easy steps

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  • Vet63
    Da:Vet63 In 23/01/2020
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    I have made a couple with a percussion nipple drum to replace the flint touch hole liner. Problem is, the drum must be fitted up very tightly and after it has been removed and replace it will not be tight enough to keep the nipple aligned. A better solution is a side slapper lock with a percussion nipple threading directly into the touch hole. No one currently is making a side slapper to replace common flintlocks.

  • entomologist
    Da:Entomologist In 19/07/2018
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    What I want is a smoke pole that I can convert back and forth from cap to flint when I want. Each has its advantages in certain situations. Guess I've seen too much while serving overseas to not want every possible advantage.

  • Cut_to_the_chase
    Da:Cut_to_the_chase In 31/07/2016
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    Rehardening a frizzen that is "eating" flints and not producing good sparks is very easy. First grind smooth all the nicks and gouges in the frizzen and then harden it using easily available hardening compound and a large and hot propane torch according to very simple directions. If you belong to a shooting club or group, there will probably be somebody there who knows how to do this if you don't want to try it yourself.
    If you have a well made frizzen that was deeply hardened to begin with, it will last many years unless you are a competitive shooter who shoots a lot. I have written an essay on flintlock shooting from an amateur's point of view at geojohn dot org that you might find entertaining if not useful.

  • richard
    Da:Richard In 24/07/2016
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    You wrote that a good flint should last 70 to 100 shots, but how about a good frizzen? About how many shots should be expected from a good frizzen before it dies? Is replacing a frizzen something that the average shooter can do, or should it be done by a gunsmith?

  • Vet63
    Da:Vet63 In 23/01/2020
    Rating:
    5.0

    I have made a couple with a percussion nipple drum to replace the flint touch hole liner. Problem is, the drum must be fitted up very tightly and after it has been removed and replace it will not be tight enough to keep the nipple aligned. A better solution is a side slapper lock with a percussion nipple threading directly into the touch hole. No one currently is making a side slapper to replace common flintlocks.

  • entomologist
    Da:Entomologist In 19/07/2018
    Rating:
    5.0

    What I want is a smoke pole that I can convert back and forth from cap to flint when I want. Each has its advantages in certain situations. Guess I've seen too much while serving overseas to not want every possible advantage.

  • Cut_to_the_chase
    Da:Cut_to_the_chase In 31/07/2016
    Rating:
    5.0

    Rehardening a frizzen that is "eating" flints and not producing good sparks is very easy. First grind smooth all the nicks and gouges in the frizzen and then harden it using easily available hardening compound and a large and hot propane torch according to very simple directions. If you belong to a shooting club or group, there will probably be somebody there who knows how to do this if you don't want to try it yourself.
    If you have a well made frizzen that was deeply hardened to begin with, it will last many years unless you are a competitive shooter who shoots a lot. I have written an essay on flintlock shooting from an amateur's point of view at geojohn dot org that you might find entertaining if not useful.

  • richard
    Da:Richard In 24/07/2016
    Rating:
    5.0

    You wrote that a good flint should last 70 to 100 shots, but how about a good frizzen? About how many shots should be expected from a good frizzen before it dies? Is replacing a frizzen something that the average shooter can do, or should it be done by a gunsmith?

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