View Full Version : converting a Zouave from percussion to flintlock

Frank the pirate
February 5, 2011, 05:54 PM
I'm thinking of converting my Zouave from percussion to flint, I have a great gunsmith and someone who could weld the pan onto the barrel (or do I even have to weld it ?) It is in good to fair condition and I only paid $100 for the gun so I'm not too concerned with the value, I just want to be a little more period for the re enacting I do. Any thoughts? thanks!

February 5, 2011, 06:08 PM
A Zouave is CW. Percussion is period correct for CW.
Do it for fun maybe but not authenticity.

February 5, 2011, 06:27 PM
The pan is part of the lock, not the barrel....


February 5, 2011, 06:38 PM
yea a zuoave is a Civil War weapon. What are you trying to make? If your looking at fur trapper era you'll not get there the route your going. If your trying for a early CW flint lock like you would find with home guard or poor southern units you could get there with careful planning but you may be better off with selling this one an get what you want ready to shoot.

February 5, 2011, 06:41 PM
The OP's name is 'Frank the Pirate'. Does that give you any kind of clue as to what reenacting he is interested in? Huh? :eek:

February 5, 2011, 06:50 PM
Methinks it's going to be cost consumptive to go from percussion to flint. It's not just a matter of swapping locks. You'll have to have the lock converted to flint because the flint lock won't fit the hole or have the stock inlet for the flint lock. Then you have the barrel bolster to contend with. That will all have to be ground down smooth and the hole welded up and the touch hole drilled and lined. Plus the pan may have to be extended to match the barrel contour. forget about it and do as suggested, sell it and buy a flinter.

February 5, 2011, 07:48 PM
Take a look at a Harpers Ferry.

February 6, 2011, 07:32 AM
At first glance I thought you were suggesting that he take a look at the Harper's Ferry rifle as an example of what a converted Zouave flintlock rifle would be, which made no sense.:confused:

Then I realized you are suggesting he take a look at buying a Harper's Ferry rifle.:cool:

I really should have had another cup of coffee before turning on the computer this morning.

February 6, 2011, 08:07 AM
We all have days like that Mykeal.

February 6, 2011, 08:36 AM
The big question that came to me first is, "Why?" :confused:

As others have said, just get a Harper's Ferry rifle or some other flintlock and you will be much happier than trying to convert a Zouave into what wasn't.

The Doc is out now. :cool: