converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

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converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby nwtradegun » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:26 pm

don't know if this is correct site. here is a pic of and original flintlock converted to percussion using the flintlock cera 1820s frontier. http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/ind ... ic=25524.0
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Re: converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby DPhariss » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:20 am

The problem with the 1820s date is that there was no actual standardized percussion system until very late in the 20s. The percussion cap we know did not exist until late 1820a and was not common till about 1830+ and in rifles was not always all that popular. I think possibly due to variations in the amount of compound in the caps causing accuracy issues. As late the 1840s there were people still being told to avoid the percussion system for use in the west. See "Firearms of the American West, 1803-1865"..
So a frontier conversion in 1825, for example, is not really all that HC. Mid-1830s yes, mid-1820s a little early IMO.

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Re: converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby nwtradegun » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:16 pm

why do you have to nit pick. I posted it so someone could change without a new lock. saving money.
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Re: converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby Bob Miller » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:44 am

I can understand your reason for posting the conversion information, and appreciate it , but why attack Dan's post and label as "nit picking " ? Offering accurate historical info is what I thought this board is all about. Thanks Dan.
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Re: converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby AxelP » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:02 am

I'd guess the date listed IS a bit early, but the conversion is cool and makes sense. I wonder how many conversions like that were done and how many of the nipple/drums failed and blew out the side? I guess its not any more dangerous than a vent liner install.
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Re: converting flint to per. cera 1820s frontier

Postby Fitz Williams » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:41 am

From what I have seen, there were a lot of conversions done, even when I seemed to make no sense to do them. It must have been the thing to do then, new technology, the "cool" way to shoot a gun. I once saw a fusil de chasse which was probably built around 1730 or so that had been converted to percussion. That means the gun was 100 years old when it was converted. Why not just get a new gun? Maybe the frizzen lost it's spark, or the mainspring broke, so instead of doing a simple repair, the owner decided to try out that new-fangled thing all his neighbors were talking about.
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