18th CENTURY BRITISH FLINTLOCK PISTOLS by DENIX
The original of this particular flintlock pistol was made in England in the 18th century. This 14 1/2 inch non-firing version is accurately detailed featuring deeply engraved 8 3/4 inch barrel, ornate handle decoration and furniture. Available in two finishes of simulated antiqued gray and brass. The two-tone Brass version features the barrel and trigger guard in antiqued brass. And the action works! Adjust the strike plate, cock the hammer and pull the trigger. Comes fully assembled and ready for display in your home or office.
Note: You must 18 years of age or older to purchase this pistol. These handsome collector model guns are made of antique finished zinc cast metal and polished European hardwood. The screw heads are molded into the metal and cannot be removed. These models cannot withstand misuse or excessive dry-firing. Cannot be made to fire real ammunition.
A PIRATE'S FLINTLOCK PISTOL
Unlike the rifle, pistols seemed to be a pirate's best friend. In most pictures of pirates, it is clear that a number of pistols were carried by each pirate. In most pictures of BlackBeard, at least a half dozen pistols, assumed loaded and ready, can be seen in his sash.
"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"! Pirates of the 18th century carried pistols similar to this French flintlock in their raiding exploits. As such skirmishes rarely included time-outs for reloading, a cutlass would accompany the pistol.
The pistols came in long and short barreled versions, approx 9 inches and 12 inches long, with a bore of about 0.56 inches. The butt had a rounded and sometimes metal base (known as a skull crusher butt cap) so the pistol could be used as a club once fired. Issued either singularly or in pairs, the sea pistol had an effective range of only 3 or 4 yards. It would be fired and then thrown away to hopefully be retrieved after the fight.
The original of this particular flintlock pistol was made in England in the 18th century. This non-firing version is accurately detailed - a great costume or conversation piece.
Manufacturer Info - Denix - Denix manufactures high-end replicas of guns, swords, daggers, cannons and other historical armor and weapons replicas. Denix makes historical representations of weapons that range from Roman times to present. All of the Denix replicas are made with the collector in mind and bring to mind the historical events and people that inspire greatness in all its aspects. Denix uses High-grade alloy metals and hardwoods in the construction of all collectibles. Most Denix replicas are modeled after existing pieces in museums or private collections and are usually made in full size scale, except for their line of historic miniatures.