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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Dry Firing a Flintlock?

Specifically a TC flintlock?

I mean with the frizzen "open" and not down over the pan. I would like to know what damage or malfunction it will cause in the long run....

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 07:39 PM
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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

I don't think any. When I put a new flint in my TC Hawkins I dry fire it with the frizzen down to see a spark. 2 doe without a misfire this year.
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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

I would not dry fire a TC with the Frizzen open. The energy has to be absorbed somewhere and there is not a solid hammer stop. I think you will find it will eventually damage the tumbler or tumbler/hammer connection if you do it enough.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 08:08 PM
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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

I too agree and would not recommend it.
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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

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I would not dry fire a TC with the Frizzen open. The energy has to be absorbed somewhere and there is not a solid hammer stop. I think you will find it will eventually damage the tumbler or tumbler/hammer connection if you do it enough.
X2. Frizzen open dry fire bad idea. Make a wooden flint so you don't wear down the frizzen and then you could practice getting use to trigger pull.

Get the pocket knife out and start whittling.
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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

Agree,wooden flints!

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Re: Dry Firing a Flintlock?

Wooden flints are great, and I've used them for dry-firing many times. I've also used a flint-sized piece of type- writer eraser, and it works as well. I guess that dates me a little.

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