Attached you will see a short (6 second) video of me shooting my new (relatively) flintlock pistol. I purchased it not too long ago from Track of the Wolf. (Look here for Track of the Wolf URL and pictures of the piece: http://www.trackofthewolf.com/Catego...artNum=AAI-301)
Probably not too many here interested in muzzle-loaders, and clearly from some of the posts I read recently, there are a few that consider them "unethical", "unsportsmanlike", and "inhumane". This particular thread isn't about hunting with them, so if you feel the urge to wax rhapsodic about "ethics", "sportsmanship" and "humane", I politely ask you to start your own thread and discuss those issues there and not here.
The primary purpose of this thread is to show "the sequence of events" that occur upon shooting a flintlock firearm. While this is a pistol, there would be absolutely no difference in a rifle 'sequence'.
I got this pistol to accompany a .58 caliber muzzle-loading rifle I built. The rifle is a caplock (or 'percussion') gun, and as such doesn't provide the same opportunity to parse the firing sequence.
Finally, if this topic belongs in another location, any administrator that wants to move need not worry about complaint from me.
Here's the short video:
Now here are six stills that cover the firing sequence from "hammerfall" to "recovery".
The pan igniting:
The bullet (round ball) being launched:
And finally, recovery:
Among the elements I found noteworthy, was the position of the muzzle at "launch" of the bullet. It is still 'level'. The reason I mention this is that there are many misconceptions about muzzle-loaders, and especially flintlocks. Among those misconceptions is that the "lock time" is so long that they "can't be accurate". For competition with modern arms like .338 Lapuas at 1000m targets, I would agree. For hunting I would most certainly disagree.
Anyway, this thing is an absolute riot to shoot. It is impossible for me to shoot it without grinning from ear to ear. It is quite pleasant to shoot. No ear protection required and recoil, even with a .58 caliber lead ball is quite tolerable. My teenage daughters shoot it without complaint.
I'm not a particularly great pistol shot, but even without sights, I can keep 5 shots inside 6" at 50 yd off-hand. I'm quite certain that better pistol shots than I could do much better.
Here are a couple of close-ups of my particular pistol: