Priming Tips for your Fire Storm Flint Lock

NOTE: Priming the pan of your flint lock correctly is as important as getting good sparks from your flint. The two go hand-in-hand with regards to reliable ignition. The following steps should be taken to ensure reliable ignition.

1. Use your touchhole pick before loading.

Insert the pick into the touch hole and move it in and out to ensure that the full diameter of the touch hole is clear for the entire length of the ignition channel. You will probably notice after firing your flint lock, that a crust of powder residue builds up in the ignition channel, partially blocking it. This crust must be eliminated, and the channel cleared out to the full diameter, before loading the next projectile, in order to get reliable ignition.

2. When pouring your priming powder, start by pouring the black powder (FFFFG granulation) into the touchhole, then fill the pan approximately one-half full.

By giving the stock a few light "taps" with the heel of your hand, you help settle some of the priming powder further into the ignition channel. This also helps to improve the reliability of ignition.

Top View Of Fire Storm Breech/Action Area -

Showing a Priming Powder "fuse" going from the pan into the main charge

Top View Of Fire Storm Breech/Action Area -

Showing a Priming Powder "fuse" going from the pan into the main charge

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