The Flintlock Gun
Curiously enough no further improvement of the gun was made in the next hundred years or so, which is pretty good evidence that the wheel-lock gave a very fair measure of satisfaction, and then came the flintlock gun, which was invented in Spain about 1625. It is shown in Fig. 13.
The flintlock worked on the same principle as the wheel-lock, that is, a flint and steel were struck together to make the sparks, but the construction of the flintlock was quite simple in that the flint was held in the jaws of the cock and when the trigger was pulled it struck the steel cover of the pan, opened it, and the sparks ignited the touch powder in it.
Flintlock guns were made with both smoothbore and rifled barrels, though the former were the most common, and both of these were loaded with powder and bullet just as the early matchlock and wheel-lock guns were.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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