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WHILE INSPECTING the surfaces that contact the springs, lock plate, sear, bridle and frizzen cam, it’s well worth the effort to have the parts honed and polished.

for mistakes. Flintlocks should fire with a resounding bang when you pull the trigger, not the often heard tick, click, ka-booom! of reenactors on the History Channel. Ignition should happen in 0.050-second, which is much faster than you can blink. If you want that flintlock to exceed the performance of a persnickety “flinchlock,” begin by disassembling the lock. Use a screwdriver that correctly fits the slot in the head of the screw. An undersized screwdriver will torque the slot and leave a blemish, an unsightly burr, and is also likely to slip out of the slot and dig into the stock. Remove the bolt(s) and carefully remove the side plate and lock plate from the stock. Visually inspect the lock mortise. If there are any rub marks on the wood or synthetic, that is a bad sign that something is not functioning as quickly as it should. Use a scraper or chisel to relieve the high spot so that the tumbler, spring, trigger lever and every other moving part is free of friction. Lubricate the moving parts with light machine oil. Grease would thicken in cold weather and slow down the speed of springs, tumbler and cock, a.k.a. lock time. This is especially necessary behind the bridle where the tumbler rides against the lock; it should not be pressed into the wood/plastic. Make sure that the lock plate is smooth and free of rust. Both the main spring, sear spring, and tumbler ride against this flat piece of iron and it needs to have as little friction as possible. All too often when rifles are cleaned after a practice session or hunt, the innards of the lock are
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overlooked. This leads to rusting and dysfunction, or at the very least, a slowdown of lock time. While inspecting the surfaces that contact the springs, lock plate, sear, bridle and frizzen cam, it would be well worth your while to hone/polish them as smooth as possible. With each part as smooth as glass, the lock time (the time it takes from the release of the trigger to the time the flint strikes the surface and begins the priming powders’ ignition) will be audibly reduced. You will actually hear the improvement. Mainsprings are important. While some production rifles use coil springs and others flat main springs, the key to fast lock time is in the amount of energy stored in the spring when the flintlock is drawn to full cock. Weak mainsprings translate into slow lock time and poor performance. The more energy that the spring imparts to rotating the flint into the frizzen, the faster the lock will perform. This obviously leads to greater accuracy with the discharge. Mainsprings can be retempered by gunsmiths or replaced by contacting the manufacturer. Replace the lock back into the mortise. Check your tolerances between the barrel and the base of the frizzen (the flat steel struck by the flint). The metal surfaces dare not rub, and some filing may be in order if this is the case. Lubricate the top flat of the frizzen spring so that the frizzen cam (the U or V-shaped projection down from the frizzen that rides on the small leaf spring on the outside of the lock) can slide easily. A drop of oil on the frizzen bolt will also allow the frizzen to rotate more easily. But don’t overdo the oil because excess oil will find its way into the pan and contaminate the priming powder. Now turn your attention to the “cock.” This rotating hammer device was given its name because it looked like a cock
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