|A fact from Flintlock mechanism appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know column on 15 April 2004. The text of the entry was as follows:
ARGH! It starts with a heading!!
This page does not explain how the flintlock works. Only the history behind the mechanism and the history of the mechanism are discussed.
- The argument to keep the pages separate is located on the Flintlock talk page, and seems to indicate that the two pages should remain separate.Doniasis (talk) 22:08, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
Strange omission in article
The difference between the doglock and the 'true flintlock' is the internal half-cock sear in the latter, this is true. However, I would class the doglock as a type of flintlock, as would many others. The really important development of the flintlock over the earlier snaphaunce lock is the integration of the striking plate and pan cover into a single frizzen. That this is not mentioned in the article is a serious shortcoming. Urselius (talk) 09:28, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
Fundamental problem with the article
There is a fundamental problem with this article. From first principles and the application of logic, any mechanism employing a flint to cause a spark is a "flintlock mechanism". The exact type of flintlock used on firearms in various regions differed, before becoming more-or-less uniform around 1720 - and there are exceptions to this. The snaphaunce, English lock, doglock, Scandinavian lock and miquelet lock are all types of flintlock, and they need to be mentioned here. At present the French or "true" flintlock, which superseded the other types (except for the miquelet in Spain) by about 1720, is the only type described. As it stands the article is most definitely not encyclopaedic. Urselius (talk) 17:36, 3 December 2015 (UTC)