Napoleon's personal flintlock pistol was made in 1806 by Jean-Baptiste Gribeauval, of St. Etienne and is preserved in a French museum. History records the fact that it was used as a travelling pistol, carried by Napoleon in his overcoat. Napoleon's insignia is prominently displayed on the grip and the gunmaking talents of Gribeauval are readily apparent. This non-firing replica is accurately detailed and provides a great collector and conversation piece.
"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
Barrel Length 19 cm
Overall Length 36 cm
Weight 0.749 kg