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Help identifying flintlock pistol

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Ryanxia, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Hello wonderful members of THR :)

    I have a flintlock black powder pistol I could use a hand identifying. I don't think it's anything special but I've done some searches and there's a few that look similar to mine so I thought you fine folks could help.

    Also, I'm wondering if it was made with the intention to be fired or if I should not.

    I did not get a close up of the markings because it is too hard to read but they are:

    Left Side:
    .67 Cal. JAPAN 10216

    Right Side:

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    These things were sold by several importers at least as early as the 1960s as the "Tower Flintlock" because of their resemblance to a British service pistol of the flint era.
    They are as shootable as any smoothbore with a cheap flintlock. Not very accurate but not going to blow up in your face. A friend has one that he used to blast with pretty regularly until he moved on to other interests.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Many (most) of those guns have soft frizzens and won't fire, but if they do, they are fun guns and safe enough with moderate black powder loads. Value is $75-100.

  4. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Thank you both for your replies. I am surprised it is worth that much. I bought it as part of a bulk purchase and didn't expect to get anything from this.

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