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Flintlock Dueling Pistol Kits?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by icebones, Feb 11, 2011.

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  1. icebones

    icebones Member

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    Ive looked all over Dixie gun works and a few other sites, anybody know a company that makes flintlock dueling pistol kits? A set that comes with a fitted box with cut outs for a powder flask, bullet box, ect would be very cool. I think a nice set in a glass top case would look really cool on the wall, and at the range. And would be a good way to get into building BP firearms.
     
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    Hope you find what your looking for, I too would love to have a set and even more if I could put them together.
     
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    I've never heard of such a "kit" that might come with any of those accessories. That sounds like a custom build that would be relatively expensive even as an unfinished kit.
    Maybe there are some kind of non-firing replicas that could be creatively displayed, but then that might defeat the purpose of wanting them to be self-built and/or guns that really fire. And then there may still be the problem of desiring that all of the accessories be included.

    Besides basically being smoothbores, I'm not quite sure what all of the differences are that distinguish dueling pistols from other flintlock pistols originating from the many possible makers, time periods and places.
    But if you're willing to put together your own presentation box or glass display case with accessories, then these makers sell some affordable flintlock pistol kits.

    http://www.avsia.com/tvm/pistol.htm

    http://www.sittingfoxmuzzleloaders.com/hints.htm
     
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    most dueling pistols seem to be quite fancy. some rifled.

    Just to see what some of them look like
    here is a site selling original matched sets.

    http://www.horstheld.com/0-duel.htm
     
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    Duellers are hard to come by. Track of the Wolf has a Hawken kit at http://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartList.aspx?catID=13&subID=77&styleID=300 which would be a good base, but you would have to fiddle with it to make it a good replica of a proper duelling pistol.

    I'd also get a good reference. John Atkinson's "British Duelling Pistols" is probably the best reference. Then get some good wood and parts and set to work.
     
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    I would have no problem making a nice glass top display case. But Ive always heard dueling pistols with rifled barrels were considered unsporting. Thanks for the links.
     
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    If you are just trying to get a pair of duellers and case them yourself, I'd suggest Pedersoli. Buy the guns and accessories, then build yourself a case based on some of the photos. Horst Held's site has a lot of good photos of layouts.
     
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    So were things like set triggers and rear sights. True duellers never had such aids. However, many cased sets of pistols were made that did have rifling sights or set triggers and have often been referred to as "duelling pistols". Not unlike calling a short barreled large bored rifle a "Hawken" or a long barreled rifle a "Kentucky".

    I am not aware of any kits avaailable but you could certainly order the parts from a sutler and assemble your own.
     
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    Actually, many duelling pistols were fitted both with rear sights and set triggers. I own three original British flint duellers...all with rear sight, all with set triggers. On the percussion end, the real question was whether or not the rear sight was adjustable for elevation. Of the three singletons and five pairs I own, three have adjustable rear sights.
     
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