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

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

  1. Keith

    Keith Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
    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.
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