Colonial Lewis & Clark Flintlock Pistol Replica
The 1800 French Cavalry Flintlock Pistol Replica! This 13.5 inch Napoleonic style flintlock (Model 1801) was typical of what Lewis and Clark and their corps carried as they departed in 1803 to territories unknown. Originally manufactured by the Arsenal at St. Etienne, this classic cavalry flintlock model features a full length wood stock and simulated brass furniture.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 for the French cavalry at the end of the 18th century. This non-firing version is accurately detailed - a great re-enactment and/or conversation piece. It would also make a great film or theater prop and chances are you've may have already seen this flintlock used in the movies.
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