View Full Version : What Happened to this Golcher Lock?

December 6, 2008, 12:06 AM
James Golcher made locks, I know, but I've never seen one quite like this. It appears to be a flintlock that someone did a home-conversion of some type to. The conversion appears to be quite old. A half-step toward percussion. Has anyone ever seen anything else like it?


Dave McC
December 6, 2008, 08:06 AM
I'm far from an expert here, but there were several designs for fulminate ignitions before people settled on the cap. Little pills of fulminate were one, another was a copper tube filled with fulminate. Betcha this was one of those.


December 6, 2008, 01:02 PM
Was is the "flint" made of? Is it steel? Hard to tell from the photo.

December 6, 2008, 01:58 PM
You gents are very helpful, thank you.

The flint does appear to be steel. It is a gray metal, not easily bent. There is no spark when the trigger is pulled and the "flint" enters the hole.

December 6, 2008, 02:18 PM
Pop a handgun primer in that little pocket and I bet it will spark.

(Not actually suggesting you do this, by the way)

Jim Watson
December 6, 2008, 03:53 PM
Agree with Dave, it appears to be a conversion to pill lock. I have seen another picture of a conversion like that, with a striker held in the flint jaws instead of a new hammer. Don't recall if it were a pill lock, other pre-caplock, or cap, though.