The flintlock reigned supreme for 200 years, making it the longest used form of firearms ignition in history. Originally published in Sweden in 1939, this masterpiece is translated into English and remains as one of the most complete studies of the flintlock ignition system.
It is the result of 15 years of research by Torsten Lenk who served for a time as the director of the Swedish Royal Armory. Having examined thousands of firearms, Lenk painstakingly details the construction, evolution and decoration of the flintlock. Through his text as well as hundreds of photos and illustrations, he has created a definitive reference work for arms students everywhere. —Phil Spangenberger