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Hunter Gatherer All About Flintlocks. Part Five. Locks.

Keith

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On the left you will see the Snaphaunce lock. Note the shape of the steel to the far right on this lock, it resembles a hammer. This is where the term "Hammer" originally came from when referring to the locks steel. Frizzen is a modern term for the steel.
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Here is another image of a snaphaunce lock showing the hammer shape of the steel.
How to fit a gun flint in the lock.
Knapping a sharp edge on a gun flint. When doing this I recommend that you make sure that the pan is empty of gunpowder, & that the vent is plugged/blocked with a vent quill just in case this action of knapping the gun flint should create a spark. If the gun is not loaded, all the better.
Keith.
 
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