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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Re: lessons learned..uncock the hammer and more
Taking the lock out and examining the recesses for spilled, and built up priming powder, is something every flint shooter should do. Not only for maintenance purposes but to clean out any accumulated fine priming powder that may, over time, accumitate behing the lock. An errant spark from an ignition can sometimes find its way into a nest of old prime that has taken up housekeeping in the mortise area and cause "unintended consequences". I have never seen it personally, but one of my shooting friends did and his telling of the story was enough to convince me that I don't want to have the same experience.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......