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    Flintlock Guns

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/16/2015

    Flintlock guns appeared before the revolutionary percussion cap system and ruled warfare for some 200 years.





    Flintlock was a firing action related to early firearms. The firing action consisted of a spring-loaded cock-lever containing a small amount of flint in the hold of a screw-tightened clamp. There was a steel "frizzen", or flashpan, for which the flint to work against. The frizzen covered the supply of gunpowder. As the charge and ball were loaded down into the barrel muzzle-first by way of a ramrod, the operator would then set the cock to be "half-cocked" and have his weapon ready to fire. When aimed and ready, the operator would then set the cocking lever to "full-cock". Pulling the trigger began the firing action for the trigger let loose the cock-lever to which struck the flint against the frizzen. The struck frizzen would expose the gunpowder in the flash pan through a "touch hole" to the resultant sparks. The resulting spark ignited the gunpowder and set off the main charge, the resulting pressure firing the bullet out of the barrel. Flintlock guns served the world for some 200 to 300 years before being replaced by the percussion principle.


    There are a total of (17) Flintlock Guns in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1801
    Baker Rifle (Baker Infantry Rifle)
    British Army authorities garnered much experience from its battles in the American Revolutionary War... [Read More]
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    1720
    Blunderbuss
    The Blunderbuss (born of the Dutch word "Donderbus", appropriately meaning "Thunder Pipe" or "Thunde... [Read More]
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    1722
    British Land Pattern Musket (Brown Bess)
    The Brown Bess was the standard musket of the British military during the height of its empirical re... [Read More]
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    1750
    British Sea Service Pistol
    With the wider acceptance of firearms, even the Age of Sail was not immune to the evolution seen in ... [Read More]
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    1717
    Charleville Musket
    The Charleville Musket, gaining its name from it place of manufacturer, this being the French main a... [Read More]
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    1765
    Duval Model 1765
    The Washington Naval Yard of Washington, D.C. holds a flintlock pistol in its collection that report... [Read More]
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    1795
    Harpers Ferry / Springfield Model 1795
    The Model 1795 was a smooth-bore, single-shot, flintlock-based musket and the first such weapon syst... [Read More]
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    1803
    Harpers Ferry Model 1803
    While the Harpers Ferry Model 1795 was America's first smoothbore musket to be produced in number th... [Read More]
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    1805
    Harpers Ferry Model 1805
    The Harpers Ferry Model 1805 was a flintlock pistol produced out of Harpers Ferry Armory in West Vir... [Read More]
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    1816
    Harpers Ferry Model 1816
    Harpers Ferry became America's second national armory after the site was personally selected by Geor... [Read More]
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    1813
    Henry Model 1813 Navy
    Between June of 1813 and August of 1814, Joseph Henry of Philadelphia was contracted to deliver 600 ... [Read More]
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    1836
    Johnson Model 1836
    The Johnson Model 1836 was a high-quality flintlock pistol produced for the US government in a batch... [Read More]
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    1730
    Kentucky Rifle (Deckard Rifle / Longrifle / Pennsylvania Rifle)
    The development and naming of the Long Rifle is argued between riflemen of Kentucky and Pennsylvania... [Read More]
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    1850
    Remington Model 1841 (Mississippi Rifle)
    The Remington gun company of today holds a long and illustrious history dating back to its founding ... [Read More]
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    1760
    Sharpe Model 1760
    A rather unheard of practice today was the practice of officers and soldiers purchasing their own we... [Read More]
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    1817
    Springfield Model 1817
    The Springfield Model 1817 Type 1 was a flintlock pistol produced out of the Springfield Armory in S... [Read More]
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    1836
    Waters Model 1836
    The Waters Model 1836 flintlock pistol was delivered by Asa Waters & Company out of their Millbury, ... [Read More]
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