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Why Flintlocks?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by gizamo, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. gizamo

    gizamo Well-Known Member

    No one ever asked me why I love them so.......
    until a friend asked this day...

    And so,

    With the Flintlocks....

    They are like sleek sailboats. You have to learn them and each responds differently to their master. Each has a unique personality all it's own. They make you think and they make you not just see ~ but truly feel the shot. They slow you down and you feel the difference in tempo and pace. It is almost as if they transport you to another era...

    A well made one, is truly a joy to hold, and if you give it a chance...the gun will respond to you, and you will come to an understanding.

    There is truly nothing else like them

  2. sundance44s

    sundance44s Well-Known Member

    And is it fails you in a pinch ...they make great clubs !
    Just Kidding ya ... I really like`em too ..why Flinters ? Thats like asking Why Black Powder ? and Why lead balls ?
  3. Artigas

    Artigas Well-Known Member

    'Cause Natty Bumppo wasn't shooting an AR-15, that's why.
  4. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    'Cuz its a great feeling on a late cool evening with the wind blowing in your face and when you touch the trigger, the cedar tree that you are keeling under lights up in a orange glow as the pan powder ignites and the smoke rolls out of both ends.
    This was one of my most favorite and memorable hunts ever.
    The second i put my finger on that trigger, time just seemed to slow down and could see everything going off one by one. Once that smoke cleared and i saw this one on his back with his legs in the air. I knew there could be no better satisfaction than using a Flinter.
  5. PRM

    PRM Well-Known Member


    Good posts - (Note for frontiergander) I like your personal touch with the tacks. Curious about your gun, it looks like a 2 piece stock. Who made that?
  6. oneshooter

    oneshooter Well-Known Member

    I have been shootin rocklocks for over 30yrs. The thrill NEVER goes away!

    Livin in Texas
  7. Reddbecca

    Reddbecca Well-Known Member

    Why a flintlock?

    Because taking a deer down with a flintlock really p***es off the hunter that spent a fortune on the latest new inline muzzleloader, and still missed.
  8. DrLaw

    DrLaw Well-Known Member

    The la long carabine (Spelling probably incorrect, apologies to Natty Bumpo) in the photo looks like a CVA model that was out some years back. It had a brass spacer between the buttstock section and the front forearm.

    I like them because they are in the minority at black powder shoots. More work, but more fun.

    The Doc is out now. :cool:
  9. RoaringBull

    RoaringBull Well-Known Member

    Because there is nothing better than letting someone else shoot it and tell them to brace for it and watching them almost fall forward when it hang fires......

    My first ml was a flinter and I wouldn't trade it for nothing.....cept another flinter
  10. frontiergander

    frontiergander Well-Known Member

    Its a Traditions .50cal Kentucky. The load i shoot is 110g 3F goex with a .015 ".018 the next time out" with a homecast .490 ball. Rifle's accuracy is simply amazing. I plan on replacing the stock some years down the road with plain jane maple.
  11. gizamo

    gizamo Well-Known Member

    The one that is talking to me, these days....


  12. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Nice looking gun & beavertail bag, gizamo. I hope you don't take offense but the spout on that Tansel family style horn is a mite too thick and needs to be worked down. BTW, the May 2008 issue of Muzzle Blasts magazine has my article on Conner Praire's Arms Making Workshop. It has a photo of my Tansel family style horn on the workbench.
  13. Pulp

    Pulp Well-Known Member

    I'm desparately wanting one. I getting a $420 retirement gift card (Cabelas)from work in the near future, I can't decide 'twixt a pair of '51 Navies, or throwin' in some extra money and getting a flintlock.
  14. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Well, up here, it's because our idiot government doesn't get scared by a flintlock(except flintlock handguns unless it's a vintage piece). No permits. No registration. No expensive courses taught by unqualified people that I don't need(no previous experience, military time included, counts). Not that I'm bitter.
    "...a $420 retirement gift card..." That'll cover nearly all of a .50 calibre, flint Kentucky rifle with a starter kit. Add 9 bucks for just the rifle.
  15. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    Gizamo, your Rifle and Kit look great...I never knew of two men to make an exact anything by hand...It's a dang Powder Horn...and it looks great.

    That sounded very Muzzleloader Forum F&I to me...Shoooot!

  16. gizamo

    gizamo Well-Known Member

    4v50 Gary,

    Hmmm, think I for one ~ would greatly appreciate seeing yours...
    Sounds like a great horn with a good story...;)

    Here's Mine:

  17. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member


    That flinter and the horns are some fat cow doin's and that's plumb center!;)
    If you don't already own that set up, you should.
  18. RoaringBull

    RoaringBull Well-Known Member

    My Kentucky Flinter is Pedersoli....I love it.
  19. Mike OTDP

    Mike OTDP Well-Known Member

    You want to know why I shoot a flintlock?

    Because matchlocks burn holes in your clothes!
  20. tx gun runner

    tx gun runner Active Member

    I love the smoke



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