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Wheellock Muzzleloader

Wheellock

Though the wheellock was invented in the 16th century, its use did not become popular until much later. This firearm still used a flash pan for priming, though the firing mechanism is completely different. When the trigger was pulled on the wheellock, this would release a spring-wound steel wheel, making it spin against a stone made of pyrite-iron. When the two rubbed together, this made a shower of sparks which would ignite the powder in the flash pan.

 
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