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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 13792

Question:

I have a 50 cal. Flintlock rifle. I inherited it about 30 years ago. It was made by my father who was a gunsmith. I have shot it in the past with no problems. The problem is new. When the flint hits the frizzen it sparks real good but the sparks are forward of the prime pan by about 1/4 inch.the prime doesn't ignite. Changed flints still the same. Could the problem be with the frizzen spring ? Could the spring weaken? Local gun shop had no idea Thanks

Answer:

The purpose of the frizzen spring is only to hold the frizzen closed. The frizzen spring is not your problem. The flint you are using is too long. You need to shorten the stone until the sparks fall properly into the pan. I suggest using French Amber flint rather than German Agate flints.

Submitted By: Robert Harmon On: 1/2/2016 8:14:28 AM

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