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44 Dave
February 18, 2013, 02:03 PM
This is a .50 smooth bore that has been the family "for ever". The screws have that hand made look to them, the locks plates are "handmade" also. No proof marks that I can find but slight traces of inlay on barrel.
I will put it back to gather, now that it is cleaned again.
If I remember right, we set off some blank charges with it when we were kids.

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SASS#23149
February 18, 2013, 02:06 PM
can't seeit,links don't work.

44 Dave
February 18, 2013, 02:12 PM
this work?

Doak
February 18, 2013, 03:49 PM
Looks like one of the many variations of a "Howdah Pistol". Looks like it's converted from flint.

kBob
February 18, 2013, 06:21 PM
I have no idea what it is ......but I would have to get it together and working to atleast set off loose powder and see it go "boom-boom!"

Not sure about actually shooting a projectile or fifty from it but it sure looks neat.

-kBob

44 Dave
February 18, 2013, 09:18 PM
There is no sign that the existing locks ever had frizzen or spring attached.
The craftsmanship on the locks is marginal. I can get them to work but sear springs are week and cocking is if-y.
The barrels (5 inch) are not pitted.
Might try a .454 ball with thick patch over 15grs. FFF bp

4v50 Gary
February 18, 2013, 10:35 PM
It does look like the locks were intended to be flintlocks but were completed as percussion guns. Note the huge fence where the pan would be. Most percussion guns didn't have this but a flintlock would. It could have been filed off. The tail of the lockplate is sharper too and this was more common on flintlocks than on percussion guns (more round).

303tom
February 18, 2013, 11:51 PM
Looks like a Double Barrel Percussion pistol to me, does it have any markings on it ?

44 Dave
February 19, 2013, 11:45 AM
Two more pictures,back together.

180028

180029

StrawHat
February 19, 2013, 12:26 PM
Without seeing it and looking for touchmarks and proof marks, it is hard to tell. At 50 caliber, it is not a Howdah. Several English makers made double pistols as did some German and Belgian makers, usually for gentlemen who traveled and were worried about Highwaymen and such.

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