- Jul 26, 2014
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Percussion locks were considerably simpler and easier to manufacture. That’s one theory behind their rapid popularity. Economy could have played a large role in replacing flint.
Thank you, I don't know these people either. I don't wish them harm. But I have gone to a few funerals with a smile on my face.I won't necessarily argue with that. Welcome to being an American regardless. I'm more concerned with how I do things rather than worry about my fellow man whom I don't even know.
Over the course of history, the pace of change accelerates. The closer you get to modern (our) times, the faster change occurs.I think Hanshi makes a good point regarding newer technology. We can see it in many examples of how new firearm technology was adopted. I suspect finances figured into it then as it does today. if you or your family had a decent flintlock and the new percussion cost several months total wages, the flintlock was good enough.
Look how slowly military is to adopt a new arm even when a new technology is developing. When the ball started rolling though it didn't take long for first the percussion technology and then relatively quickly cartridge guns to displace flint technology that had been around for several hundred years.
I beleave that they were captured being used in AFGANISTAN, by the TALIBAN also. a rock was easier to come by than a percussion cap? although they did use both. I wonder hoe in heck they made the percussion caps?I have heard that soldiers have caught Taliban guys over in Afghanistan fighting with original Brown Bess muskets left there by the British. Its easy to find pictures from the 1930s of people in rural parts of USA still using flintlocks.
I'm guessing that caps come from Pakistan where they have been known to make their own ammunition for modern firearms for many years. I've seen films and read reports on the arms industry there. They've been known to make cartridge primers using various chemicals, probably not difficult at all to make percussion caps for those who still want them.I beleave that they were captured being used in AFGANISTAN, by the TALIBAN also. a rock was easier to come by than a percussion cap? although they did use both. I wonder hoe in heck they made the percussion caps?
Just the ones that dropped their caps during a fight.I wonder more about how many made the change to the caplock,,, and then regretted it. Fumbling with tiny little caps, running out of caps while out for extended time (maybe used up, maybe a bunch dropped from cold or old fingers), a more difficult flash channel to clear. Any of them have "buyer's remorse?"