.54 caliber. 8.5" smoothbore barrel secured by a single barrel barrel band. SN: NSN. Bright finish, steel mounting, walnut stock. Single shot muzzleloading flintlock pistol with captive ramrod. Lock in original flint and marked in three lines under the pan: "A WATERS/MILLBURY MASS/1837". Breech with "US/JH/P" inspection marks. No visible cartouches on the counterpane, although the stock flat is stamped with the number "398". Pistol retains original brass blade front sight and captive swivel ramrod. The US Model 1836 pistol was made in large quantities between 1837 and 1844 with some 41,000 being produced by two contractors, Robert Johnson and Asa Waters. Johnson produced slightly fewer of the guns at 18,000, with Waters producing the balance of 23,000. it was the last US military flintlock pistol and the standard pistol issued from the Seminole Wars through the Mexican American War. Thousands of the guns saw a second life during the American Civil War altered to percussion.
Good. Pistol remains in original flint configuration and is unaltered. Metal with a dull pewter patina with light to moderate scattered pitting, freckled surface oxidation and discoloration and some surface roughness. Markings remain clear in the metal, much weaker in the wood. Lock mechanically functional, bore fair with moderate oxidation and some pitting. Stock well-worn, sanded and showing numerous bumps, dings, scratches and mars.
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