Flintlock is a general term for any firearm that uses a flint striking ignition mechanism. The term may also apply to a particular form of the mechanism itself, also known as the true flintlock, that was introduced in the early 17th century, and rapidly replaced earlier firearm-ignition technologies, such as the matchlock, the wheellock, and the earlier flintlock mechanisms.
The true flintlock continued to be in common use for over two centuries, replaced by percussion cap and, later, the cartridge-based systems in the early-to-mid 19th century. Although long superseded by modern firearms, flintlock weapons enjoy continuing popularity with black-powder shooting enthusiasts.

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  1. ClearMach

    Novice enthusiast here to learn, share, and sell a pistol for my bro

    Hello everyone! I joined this forum to help out my brother, who wants to sell a pistol but is challenged to do anything on the internet because of autism and ADHD. I'm also new to the world of guns and shooting and eager to learn more from experienced gun enthusiasts. My brother and I grew up...
  2. CountryGent

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  3. Hueco

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  4. Sbarton

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  5. Helocat

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  6. L

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  7. L

    Thoughts on cleaning a Flintlock without removing the barrel

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  8. G8rHunter

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  9. tac

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  10. CountryGent

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