Flintlock, a firing mechanism used on early firearms. It was first used on muskets about 1650, later on pistols. The cock, or hammer, of the flintlock held a piece of flint which, when the trigger was pulled, struck a piece of steel and caused sparks to fly. The sparks ignited a small priming charge of powder in a pan, which was uncovered as the flint struck the steel. The fire flashed through a touchhole, exploding the main powder charge and discharging the ball (bullet). By about 1850 flintlocks had been replaced by percussion locks.
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The National Guard serves many purposes and does many jobs for the United States. Learn what the National Guard is and how it differs from the Army and the Air Force.