Firelock Musket

Approx. Period: 1710 AD
Length: 1.50m Width: 0.05m

The flintlock musket comprised three separate items, often made independently. The lock is the firing mechanism, during this period is generally of the firelock variety. It is fitted into the wooden stock which rests against the shoulder and which also supports the barrel. This combination gives rise to the phrase, "lock, stock and barrel".

The stock of the musket is made from carved walnut with a distinctive raised butt. The flintlock assembly is of steel and brass and set in the stock. The steel barrel is supported by the stock and below it is a ramrod used to prime the musket with powder, wadding and shot. The pan of the lock is then primed with fine powder and the hammer cocked in preparation for ignition by the striking flint.