Flintlock is used to describe firearms that utilize the flintlock action. Flintlock firearms are strictly muzzle loading arms. When the flintlock’ trigger is pulled, the flint is moved rapidly forward and strikes the frizzen, shooting sparks into the priming pan, ingniting the priming powder and setting off the main charge within the barrel.
Flintlock firearms where a huge step forward when compared to the matchlock and wheellock firearms they replace.
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