Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Flintlock

A flintlock is an old type of gun which requires the spark from a flint to fire.  It can also mean the device used to produce that spark.

There were flintlock rifles as well as much larger guns which could fire shots weighing up to 32 lb on board HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar.

I didn't get to keep any description of gun (nor that hat, sadly) but I do have the jacket and a piece of flint just like those which would have been used in a flintlock.

16 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You didn't get to keep the hat? Bummer.

Crystal Collier said...

They even had "flintlock" engraved on many of those old guns, since it became a brand. I love old weaponry!

Susan A Eames said...

Ha ha - great photo - love the hat!

oscar case said...

And you have a piece of paper that could be used to set a fire. Nice photo!

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Patsy,

It's a pity you couldn't keep the hat. The jacket will make quite the fashion statement with an exclamation point! I suddenly want to be Penny the Pawrate! Ooohh arffff!!!

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny!

Neil Waring said...

I owned and fired a flintlock pistol many years ago, fun stuff. Oh and great hat, I might have kept the flintlock if I had that hat to go with it. :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Love the photo and hat!

Carolb said...

Shame about not keeping the hat, Patsy, but at least you've got the piece of flint. :-)

Patsy said...

Not sure where I'd have stored it anyway, Alex.

Patsy said...

I didn't know that, Crystal.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Susan.

Patsy said...

I do, Oscar!

Patsy said...

I do have another hat to go with the jacket, Penny - if I ever want to make people exclaim I might wear it.

Patsy said...

I've handled flintlock rifles and pistols, but not fired them, Neil.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

That makes a far more practical momento, Carol.