1. I bought this flintlock pistol a while back at my local gun store, but I haven't ever been able to get it to spark well to shoot it. I tried a couple different knapped flints and I even tried using a piece of high carbon steel over the frizzen in case that was the issue. Whenever I try to fire it I'll smell like it got hot or smell like sparks but it hardly ever produces any spark.

  2. My guess is that the hammer main spring lacks enough force to produce the needed sparks. Also it looks like it's copper? I'd start with trying a stiffer coil spring, but also consider looking for a more traditional style hammer spring too. The coil may just not have the leverage needed to sheer the steel

  3. That’s cause there’s no frizzen spring. The frizzen needs some slight retaining force to spark, or the cock will just push it out the way and you won’t get shit. It’s definitely some kind of prop pistol or similar, but other than the frizzen spring there’s no reason it shouldn’t work, mainspring looks alright as long as it’s not sluggish.

  4. The hammer/frizzen geometry looks weird, the flint should sort of scrape down the frizzen to create sparks. If it hits too straight on and just knocks the frizzen away, it won't work very well. But maybe it's just the angle of the photo.

  5. This looks like a prop to me. It's got steam punk vibes. Grip looks like a high point, that rail, everything. If there aren't proof marks or a reputable manufacturer stamped on that barrel, I personally wouldn't touch one off.

  6. I love Steampunk. This is Definitely a steampunk piece. If it doesn't work, it probably wouldn't be hard to make work. First, check the spring tension is strong enough to make a spark. Second, make sure there is an adequate sized hole for the spark to get through.

  7. I don't think that sparks are supposed to go through any holes. The sparks light the powder in the pan, which lights the main charge, but not like a fuze by burning through.

  8. How absurd, it is clearly the Ionic Phase Coil overheating, which I imagine has to do with improper tension on the frizzen spring.

  9. This doesn't look consistent with any kind of period correct design or features. More likely this is a reasonably modern (1960+) original design for modern target pistol that is still in accordance with flintlock target shooting regulations.

  10. Probably my inexperience showing but is the hammer/frizzen geometry right? It looks like it might spark too soon, high above the pan?

  11. Either they were way ahead of their time, or that is a modern interpretation of a match grade flintlock pistol

  12. It's pushing on the underside of the hammer, which I presume is being held back by an internal sear. Once the sear disengages from the hammer the hammer will move forward and the flint will strike the frizzen, opening it and hopefully creating enough spark to ignite the powder in the flash pan. Pulling the hammer back will compress the coil spring again but the sear should engage to hold the hammer back until the trigger is pulled again.

  13. The mainspring is to large in diameter and of the wrong material. It looks like it's made from copper. It needs to be wound from music wire, then tempered to give you a functional spring.

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