18th Century Italian Pewter Flintlock Pistol - Non-Firing
Flintlock pistols were so called because the lock uses a flint to strike sparks into the priming pan when the trigger is pulled. A small amount of gunpowder in this pan is ignited, which in turn ignites the main gunpowder charge in the barrel, firing the lead ball. Both the main charge and the ball were loaded from the front, or muzzle, of the barrel, after which the priming charge was poured into the pan – all very time consuming! Often the priming charge would burn but fail to ignite the main charge – whence the expression flash in the pan! The original of this particular flintlock pistol was made in Germany at the end of the 18th century. This non-firing version is accurately detailed - a great costume or conversation piece.
For Decorative Purposes Only
Functional Lock Mechanism
Overall Length: 15.5 Inches
Weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.
This is a non-firing copy of the original. This piece replicates the original in size, weight and appearance, and functions much like the
original. However, this replica cannot be made to fire or part interchanged.
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