Flints — The best gun flints were made in England. Those of light color were preferred. They were shaped by a flaking process called knapping. A good flint could be used about sixty times. A new flint was usually set in the cock with the flat side up. Soldiers sharpened them when worn blunt by chipping off flakes from the edge backwards. Soldiers were not allowed to snap their locks in play or practice except when the flint was replaced with a wooden dummy called a snapper.
Sawyer, Charles. Firearms in American History. Boston: The Author,
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