from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The receptacle in a flint-lock which holds the priming by which the charge is exploded. See cut under flintlock.
- n. A small copper pan with a handle, in which powder is flashed as a signal. Also called flare-tin.
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As I was to learn, sometimes the gun went off, sometimes it did not, all depending upon the adjustment of the fire - punk and the condition of the powder in the flash-pan.
Case in point - since I switched to an in-line muzzleloader I've seen less success than hunting with my archaic flash-pan equipped muzzleloader.
Gideon ran his thumb over the flintlock and cast an eye over the primed flash-pan, taking care to blow away the dusting of powder Sir Richard had left on the barrel of the pistol.
Then I connected the shutter of the camera and a little spark coil in the flash-pan with the wires, using an apparatus to work the shutter such as I recalled having seen Craig use.
As I was to learn, sometimes the gun went off, sometimes it did not, all depending upon the adjustment of the fire-punk and the condition of the powder in the flash-pan.