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Muzzleloading rifle with parts labeled

Flintlock Muzzleloader: The flintlock muzzleloader evolved in the late 1600s.

  • Flint is secured tightly by the hammer, and pulling the trigger causes the flint to strike the frizzen—the cover of the pan containing the priming powder.
  • The striking opens the frizzen and creates sparks.
  • The sparks ignite the powder in the pan which in turn ignites the powder in the barrel and causes the gun to fire.