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Can someone tell me about this muzzleloader pistol?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by reeves, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. reeves

    reeves New Member

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    I'm not a shooter but received this muzzleloader pistol as part of an inheritance. Can someone tell me what I have?

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    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    reeves, how about some dimensions or something for perspective. Something even like a regular sized coffee cup.
     

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    2A-Jay Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Better lighting (such as out doors in natural sunlight) would help as well.
     
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  4. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    Also, good clear pictures of any writing on the barrel or lock plate.

    Meanwhile, what you have is a back actioned cap lock pistol in less than good condition. Age could be anywhere between the mid 1830's to late 1860's

    It's a shame the hammer, ramrod, ramrod thimbles and under rib and the lid to the cap box are missing.
     
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  5. reeves

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    I should have thought of that. Yes, I will post up some new photos. I will be out of town tomorrow but will do that by this weekend. Thank you.

    I will do that. Thanks for your willingness to help.
     
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  6. reeves

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    I think there is some writing but I can't really make it out. I will work on getting a better photo.

    Yes, the condition is a shame. This is something that was passed down through my dad's family and I never saw it whole. I wouldn't really be looking to sell it, though. I just want to know more about what I have so that maybe I can figure out where it fits in my family's history.
     
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    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    Without a maker's name or perhaps proof marks it's going to be hard to narrow down a timeframe or location of origin for you.

    Luckily for you the pistol has a hooked breech so it's fairly easy to dismount the barrel from the stock to have a look at the underside for any proof marks it may have.
    If you'd like, I can post some instructions for dismounting the barrel, but before you do anything else I'll walk you through verifying that it isn't still loaded. a lot of old muzzle loaders were kept loaded at all times and every once in a while they were stored away still loaded.

    So, find a pencil or wooden dowel that's small enough to slide inside the bore and is longer than the barrel.

    Next, slide the dowel into the barrel and make sure it goes all the way down to the breech plug.
    muzzleloader pistol.JPG

    The dowel or pencil (green line) should be able to go down as far as the orange line, if it doesn't the pistol might still be loaded.
     
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  8. reeves

    reeves New Member

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    Thanks. I will do that.
     
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    Thanks. The pistol is unloaded.
     
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    Here are additional photos of the pistol.
     

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