"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 or conversation piece.
This is beautiful non-firing flintlock replica pistol with fully working mechanisms.
Functional lock mechanisms
Authentic weight and detailing
Barrel Length 19 cm
Overall Length 35 cm
Weight 0.800 kg
Price QualityLlawgochThe gun I originally wanted was out of stock, which Southern Swords informed me of straight away and asked if I would like a replacement. This was my second choice and the substitution was arranged with no fuss whatsoever. As it turns out I'm rather glad the other gun was out of stock as this one is excellent. It isn't a 'perfect' replica but it looks good, has a nice weight and feels 'right' in my hand. The lock mechanism works faultlessly with a good positive action. This item and the other gun I ordered with it were delivered well-packaged the next day. Recommend the gun and the service I received from Southern Swords.