Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course

 

Other Types of Muzzleloaders

 

Wheellock Muzzleloader

This muzzleloader preceded the flintlock. In this firearm, the Frizzen comes in a wheel shape and is powered by spring tension. When the trigger is pulled, the frizzen spins against the flint, creating a shower of sparks to ignite the priming powder.

 

Matchlock Muzzleloader

The matchlock muzzleloader is one of the oldest firearms still used today. Instead of a flint striking the frizzen, this firearm uses a wick, which is a slow-burning material that is connected to the hammer. The hunter lights the wick with a match or a lighter, and when the trigger is pulled the wick descends into the flash pan to ignite the priming powder.


 
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