The miquelet is an early and sturdy form of flintlock popular throughout the Ottoman Empire from the seventeenth into the early twentieth century. Several elaborately decorated guns very similar to this example are still preserved in Istanbul, possibly made for the Ottoman Imperial guard. Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. KENTUCKY FLINTLOCK 32 CALIBER This was the typical rifle in use in the American colonies, thanks to its lightness and accuracy. The Walnut stock is oil finished with brass furniture. The barrel is blued 35 9/16″ long, 1:48 twist, single trigger and fixed rear sight. Weighs 7 lbs. 11 oz. Item #S.210-32 Apr 19, 2010 · The flintlock was the next big advance in firing mechanisms. The flintlock was based on a Spanish invention called the miquelet lock. The flintlock took its ideas from the snaphaunce lock, which was itself an improvement over the snaplock. In a flintlock, the pan cover and the steel plate (a.k.a, the "frizzen") are combined together.