1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
Dismiss Notice
Welcome to the Preppers Forum, registration is free and only takes a minute and allows you to join in with the discussions.

Please click here to register.

All About Flintlocks. Part Ten. Making A Hammer Cap.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Keith, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Keith

    Keith Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    377
    Trophy Points:
    63
    A hammer cap, also called a hammer stall, is used as a safety device. Half cock on the lock is the safety, but the hammer cap is a secondary safety device just in case the gun should "go off half cocked". In which case the gun flint would simply hit the leather hammer cap & the gun would not fire.
    [​IMG]
    Here the hammer is not closed over the pan as it would be if the gun was loaded & primed, but you can clearly see the leather hammer cap in place covering the locks hammer.
    [​IMG] Here you can see the hammer cap for my pistol securely tied to the trigger guard.
    Keith.
     
    Brownbear likes this.