The flintlock gun represented a significant advance in early small arms development. It was the preferred method of ignition for muzzle loading military and sporting arms until eventually it was ousted, firstly by the introduction of percussion arms and then by the cartridge breech loading guns. However, it is still used by many people in target and sport shooting. This paper describes some experiments using high speed photography, intended to find a means of analyzing part of the performance of the flintlock mechanism.
Peter W. W. Fuller,
"Flintlock operation", Proc. SPIE 4948, 25th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.516893; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.516893