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French inventor, gunsmith and artist Marin le Bourgeoys is credited with having developed the true flintlock and it was so effective, it became a firing mechanism on muskets, rifles and pistols for two centuries. it worked by placing flint in the jaws of the gun’s hammer before cocking it and having it strike a piece of steel called the frizzen when the trigger was pulled. since the frizzen doubled as the cover for the priming pan, it would not only cause sparks but expose the powder, duly igniting it. the main powder would then light and a ball would be fired. Flintlocks even saw action in the American Civil War.