Flintlock Duelling Pistol, made by the craftsman master of Versailles, Boutet in 1810
The original of this pistol is now part of the Royal Collection in Windsor Castle.
Flintlock is the general term for any firearm based on the flintlock mechanism. Introduced about 1630, the flintlock rapidly replaced earlier firearm-ignition technologies, such as the matchlock and wheel lock mechanisms.
"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!" This non-firing version is accurately detailed on the original from the 18th century - a great costume or conversation piece.
This is beautiful non-firing flintlock replica pistol with fully working mechanisms.
Functional lock mechanisms
Authentic weight and detailing
Overall Length 38 cm
Weight 0.770 kg