Repeating Flintlock Rifles?!?

ATTENTION! If you appreciate unusual designs, mechanical oddities, and supremely rare firearms, today’s video is for you. Seth walks us through the mechanism for two flintlocks that challenged the period’s limitations on rate of fire.

The Chelembrom repeating flintlock dates back to 1781! With a quick twist the Chelembrom cocked the flint, primed the pan, closed the frizzen, loaded the main powder charge, and placed a ball all in VERY short order. Several of these fascinating mechanisms can be found in some of the world’s top museums.

The Ellis-Jennings four-shot flintlock rifle borrows elements from the better-known Beltom repeating flintlock. However, the Ellis-Jennings can claim acceptance as a U.S. martial arm. 521 of the Ellis-Jennings rifles were purchased by the federal government for use by the New York militia.

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