A replica 17th century matchlock musket owned for twenty years by a veteran member of the Sealed Knot, an English Civil War re-enactment group
The matchlock is fired by means of a length of hemp cord called a slow match, hence the name of the musket type. The match is prepared by soaking it in a mixture of saltpetre (potassium nitrate, KNO3) and the lees of wine, though vinegar can be substituted for the latter. When lit a piece of slow match will burn slowly with just a hot ember on the end. The lit match is pressed into a clamp on the musket called a serpent. A little black powder is poured onto the circular pan and the musket…
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