The purpose of a linstock is quickly explained. Cannons, such as a gun carriage, were to be enkindled with her. Linstock have a curved fork in which the fuse has been inserted and fastened. The fuse was lit and was sufficient to fire several shots. While the gun was operated by two or three soldiers, one soldier had the task of firing the gun with the linstock and replacing the fuse again when its end was imminent.