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Old February 13th, 2019, 02:19 PM #1
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Flintlock Pistols anyone?

OK,
Just to spark (ahem) some more threads in this wonderful sub forum, I dug up this video of me shooting my Pirate Pistol (yea right) kit for the first time.
This was a really light load. Don't make fun of the cut up spray can top that I screwed into my pistol stand. It was the only way to get this to work (AGC requires ML pistols be loaded using a stand so people are not fumbling and dropping the muzzle towards other shooters I gather.

Not liking the finish on this, I recently refinished it darker (need to take pics).

Anyone else have a Flintlock Pistol they want to share info about?

I'd really like to one day acquire an authentic antique Flintlock Pistol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnArx7dxT9g&lc=
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Old February 13th, 2019, 03:57 PM #2
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Don't buy a cheap flintlock pistol. You'll spend more time and trouble getting it sorted out than you realize.

Me? I've got a good half-dozen flint pistols...including three original duelers. My #1 gun is a Wogdon & Barton, I've shot that at the World Championships the last four cycles. Managed to place 8th once. I really need to practice more with it.

More tips:

1. Do not bother with substitute powders, they won't ignite. Use Swiss Null B for priming. I personally use Swiss 4F as a propellant charge.

2. Always insert your touchhole pick into the touch hole before loading. Load normally. This will leave a cavity in the powder charge for the flash, and just a bit faster shot development.

3. Spread the priming powder in a thin layer over the entire pan. You want the first spark to hit powder, not bare metal.

4. If shooting a smoothbore (required for MLAIC competition), try stippled bullets. Also try using a Cream-of-Wheat filler over the powder charge. Try a bare stippled ball. These guns are cranky.

5. Follow-through is critical. A firm grip is essential. A flintlock pistol is the most demanding of all firearms to shoot well - harder than a matchlock, in my opinion. But if you master it, everything else is easy.
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Old February 13th, 2019, 04:53 PM #3
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Since us Hooligans have been playing with a lot of BP lately you can look for this little gem to find its way to one of our shoots in the near future...

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The middle one will be my contribution to the thread! All three have been shot at Hooligan shoots in the past.
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Old February 14th, 2019, 06:48 PM #5
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Melnic,

I have a Pedersolli Charles Moore flintlock but I can't find my digital camera right now.

FYI, after watching you, I would like to give you some tips.

1. Make a pic out of a paperclip,( or buy one from TOTW) tie some leather lace or string to it (so you don't loose it) and stick it in your touch hole with the frizzen closed prior to loading. After loading, withdraw the pic. It works better than stuffing picking after the powder is compressed.
2. Buy a small pan charger and put only about a grain on the outside of the pan. This allows the flame to jump the gap which is faster than if the powder burns like a fuse.
3. Get directions to the pistol range.

Flintlocks in all sizes are great fun. Enjoy.
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I have a flintlock pistol but don't do pictures. Yes a flintlock pistol separates the men from the boys.

Lots of fun and attracts lots of attention.

Link to Track Of The Wolf's section of flint lock locks for sale (just to inspire the builders):
https://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/...y.aspx/632#719
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Old February 15th, 2019, 02:23 PM #7
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Melnic,

I have a Pedersolli Charles Moore flintlock but I can't find my digital camera right now.

FYI, after watching you, I would like to give you some tips.

1. Make a pic out of a paperclip,( or buy one from TOTW) tie some leather lace or string to it (so you don't loose it) and stick it in your touch hole with the frizzen closed prior to loading. After loading, withdraw the pic. It works better than stuffing picking after the powder is compressed.
2. Buy a small pan charger and put only about a grain on the outside of the pan. This allows the flame to jump the gap which is faster than if the powder burns like a fuse.
3. Get directions to the pistol range.

Flintlocks in all sizes are great fun. Enjoy.

LOL!
1. I was thinking of doing the feather thing. The Paper Clip is not going to spark? The one thing that I like about poking is I feel the crunch. I'll admit it that yesterday at the range, I dry balled my Flintlock 40 cal. As I was cleaning I was thinking of the different patch material I was using after the first 3 shots and then instantly went for the patch. right when I poked, I was OOPS! I dry balled. I tapped and checked again, NO powder. Charged the pan and then shot to the berm, yup, nothing. From there it was just a matter of procedure to pull the lock, liner and charge then finish the job.

2. Yup, already have one (that video is several years old). Used it to charge the breech when I dry balled. Yup, I don't cover the touch hole per some reading I did. I also have the vent hold drilled out to 1/16". I may dremmel the pan wider also per that article.

3. LOL again. The video was just the first day I shot it. I still have only shot it at the berm and I"m itching to adjust the sights for 25 yards and start banging steel on the pistol range.
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well dont keep us suspence 4570 I know you have to have a pirate belt gun somewhere
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