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    quickie project

    I needed a new primer for a flintlock fowler (shotgun to you modern types ) and, as much as I hate doing this I made my own.
    Sometimes is actually fun having a lathe.
    I selected a redbud spalted burl stabilized pen blank, cut to the length I wanted, drilled appropriate sized holes in each end then slapped on the length ala the 'mandrel-less pen turning method'. A little while later it was shaped as i wanted. Picked up a hunk of scrap cocobolo, turned the cap, glued in the top and was done. The cap is designed to hold a thong if I want to use one. The brass tip is a spring loaded affair made and sold just for projects like this. Lucky I had one on hand.
    Total working time, about one hour.
    And, really, doing stuff like this is fun.
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    what does it do frank? hold a shot charge?
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    He said it is designed to hold a thong?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    He said it is designed to hold a thong?????
    Don't even go there!!!

    The very thought of it boggles the mind!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what does it do frank? hold a shot charge?
    No, it holds and dispenses small amounts of a very fine granulation of black powder into the flash pan of the (flint)lock on a.........uh..well....flintlock gun.
    The pan holds the powder until the trigger is pulled and the flint flies forward hitting a flat piece of hardened steel called the frizzen, causing a spark which ignites the primer powder in the pan which in turn ignites the main charge in the barrel and shoots the gun. Sounds complex, but in reality, properly set up the ignition is almost instantaneous.
    Pictured is a flintlock, there is no flint in the jaws on this one, yet.
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    is there a certain amount needed each time or is just enough to fire frank? i understand the flint lock system but in the new stuff for the main charge of the projectiles you need to pay attention to amount for accuracy.. and this flash powder needs to be added just prior to firing correct so the critters got a chance to move by the time you get it in there
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    Very cool, Frank. Is this something where there might be a market for you to tap?

    (The flintlock primer, not the whole "old guy in a thong" idea.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ... thong if I want to use one.
    Yup, we're all conjuring up that image right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    is there a certain amount needed each time or is just enough to fire frank? i understand the flint lock system but in the new stuff for the main charge of the projectiles you need to pay attention to amount for accuracy.. and this flash powder needs to be added just prior to firing correct so the critters got a chance to move by the time you get it in there
    I don't/won't use the "new stuff". I use only genuine black powder. The amount is only one to three grains, not much. The pan is kept primed while on the hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Very cool, Frank. Is this something where there might be a market for you to tap?

    (The flintlock primer, not the whole "old guy in a thong" idea.)
    I posted this on my muzzle loading discussion forum and real quick a guy suggested I sell them.
    The brass charger thingy cost $7.00 by itself. My gut is telling me $15.00 is the price point. There isn't enough margin there to risk trying it. A pen can be made in the same amount of time and sell for $35.00 to $100.00.
    I plan to make one more to give as a gift.
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