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mrinku wrote:Although in some respects the wheel-lock was a sideways development. They were always too expensive for common troop issue, though widely adopted for pistols for both practical reasons and because cavalry were a high cost arm anyway. Wheel-locks had a faster ignition rate than flintlocks, so did continue on as prestige, hunting and assassination weapons, even into the flintlock era. Wheel-lock pistols had another advantage over a flintlock pistol in that they could be carried ready to fire and concealed with less chance of snagging, since the pyrite is placed in contact with the wheel *before* triggering.
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