The Flintlock, sometimes called the French Lock was the last in the line of locks based on the flint. It was developed in France about 1615. Marin le Bourgeoys was given credit for designing it. The basic design became the standard for flintlocks and quickly replaced older firing mechanisms throughout Europe. Flintlocks had a "half cocked" position, which was the "safe" position since pulling the trigger from this position did not cause the gun to fire. Flintlock muskets were the mainstay of European armies between 1660 and 1840. It was replaced with the percussion cap system.
The first of the flint based locks was the Snaphance, the English Lock, the Dog Lock, the Miquelet Lock, then finally the French or Flintlock. Pirate Fashion is the only place in the world were you can get all type of locks from the matchlock to the percussion cap.
Real Fake Gun Option
One of the major issue is that many conventions, bar, ship, airplanes and foreign countries don't allow black powder firearms in their locations. We not have a solutions to that problem with the real-fake gun option. We take arrrr standard black powder pistols that can fire real musket balls and make a wood version of the barrel and flint. With a screwdriver and a hole punch you can convert your firing pistol into a safe non-firing prop in a matter of minutes (video coming soon). The wood barrel is solid with the end painted orange. This is only available from Pirate Fashions for $75 extra with the purchase of an entire gun. Wood barrel not available separately.