Flapper Locking video

By request, today we’re going to look at one of the less common locking systems used in firearms design: flapper locking. The idea was first patented by a Swede named Friberg in 1870, but a practical rifle was not built on the design until the 1907 Kjellman. (the Mauser 06/08 pistol was also developed at this time, and was produced in very small numbers, but more than the Kjellman). The most extensive use of the system was for the Degtyarev series of machine guns (DP, RPD, DShK), although the Germans also used it in the G41 (both Mauser and Walther) and G43 rifles. Finally, the Mauser company made a small number of early guns using the system – the 1906/08 pistol and 1916 rifle. The later roller-locked system is in many ways similar to flapper locking, but we won’t delve into that today.