The Flintlock

By the late 1700s, gunsmiths primarily made flintlocks. These rely on flint striking steel to ignite gunpowder in the pan, which then ignites gunpowder in the barrel, firing the gun. They function poorly in bad weather, as the powder can easily get wet and fail to ignite. However, colonists were accustomed to flintlocks and were proficient in their operation.

The Flintlock