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Any other wheellock owners here?

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bcksknr:
     I have a number of flintlocks and a dandy Rev War cannon. I believe prior to the wheel lock mechanism, matchlocks were in use. Similar to a flintlock, but instead of a flint there was a clamp to hold a piece of "slowmatch". This was cotton cord soaked in potassium nitrate and dried. When lit, it smoldered slowly. Pulling the trigger just lowered the glowing ember into the priming pan. I use it for my cannon and of course nobody sells it. I make mine from 100% cotton clothesline (very important, only cotton). At the lawn and garden store I buy Stump Remover granules. This is actually pure potassium nitrate. I make a super-saturated solution in a mason jar of warm water, dissolving granules until no more will dissolve. Soak a length of cord overnight and hang to dry. The potassium nitrate will crystallize in and on the cord. This is not fuse, it smolders at about one inch a minute and is used with a short pole called a linstock to keep you well away from the touch hole when firing.

Knecht:
Sure, matchlocks were used both before and along with wheel locks and early flint locks. They were the main gun of the 30years war infantry.
I never really liked them much, yet one has to admit that a matchlock musket is sort of "17th century AK" - simple, rugged, reliable.

Jim H:

--- Quote from: Knecht on August 28, 2013, 05:38:47 AM ---http://therifleshoppe.com/catalog_pages/wheellocks/wheellocks.htm
You can choose from there if you have the money they ask for...as you can see, their aseembled lock made of castings costs more than I pay for a whole gun here :)

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Their wheellock pistol is beautiful!

iam4liberty:
 Oh, this wheellock tease video is almost to much to bear: https://youtu.be/-YKrmnRFZJQ!

iam4liberty:
Oh my...these are gorgeous: https://youtu.be/ldz0AviUYvI

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