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Why Flintlocks?

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

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  1. gizamo

    gizamo Member

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    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

    Giz
     
  2. sundance44s

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    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

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

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    '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.
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  5. PRM

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    Flintlock

    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

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

    Oneshooter
    Livin in Texas
     
  7. Reddbecca

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    Giz
     
  12. 4v50 Gary

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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!

    SG
     
  16. gizamo

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    4v50 Gary,

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

    Here's Mine:
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    Giz
     
  17. Iggy

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    Giz,

    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

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

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    You want to know why I shoot a flintlock?

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

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    I love the smoke

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  21. Seafarer12

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    Here is my flinter

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  22. JNewell

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    If the Creator had meant man to shoot caplocks, he would have distributed caps around the creation, rather than iron and flint. :cool:
     
  23. Omnivore

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    Maybe. On the other hand, maybe he would have distributed various other chemicals, and given us innovative minds...

    Who ever did the scrimshaw on that Tansel-style horn has my vote for Supreme Ruller of The World. Or maybe blue ribbon at the county fair. Either way, it's beautiful! Is that your work, Gizamo?
     
  24. oneshooter

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    Hey Seafarer12!! Your lock is on the wrong side!!

    Oneshooter
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  25. gizamo

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    Omnivore,

    Wish I was that creative....
    No, it came that way ~ a good friend bought it may years ago...and just decided to cut back on his own collection..

    I was just first in line;)

    Giz
     
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