George Washington Flintlock Pistols

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  1. denster

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    I have been wanting a set of these pistols for quite some time and was lucky enough to have some extra cash when this set came up on gunbroker.
    There were 975 sets of these produced starting back in 1976 under the auspicies of the U.S. Bi-Centential Society that morphed into the U.S. Historical Society after 1976. Those two Societies basically existed to have historical artifacts, mostly firearms, exactly duplicated to a very high standard and marketed ,as a potential investment, to the wealthy who had more money than sense. This set was initially offered in 1976 for $2500 and raised to $3000 after the initial subsrciption. In todays dollars that is around $15,000. Of course all of the issues turned out to be terrible investments. However since all of the various issues, all made by Uberti, were made to such a high standard at the prices they bring today they are a real bargain.
    The originals that this set replicates were made by the London firm of Richards and Hawkins in about 1746 and gifted to George Washington in 1778 by a neighbor. They now reside in the West Point museum.
    This set, like the originals, are .58cal bronze barrelled smooth bore, sterling silver mounted, in French walnut stocks. The locks have half cock safties and water proof pans and throw a scary amount of sparks. The original markings and engraving are also present.
    I had to order some supplies from Track and as soon as they come in I'm off to the range. Can't wait to see if these shoot as good as they look. IMG_0013.JPG IMG_0014.JPG IMG_0015.JPG IMG_0016.JPG IMG_0017.JPG IMG_0018.JPG
     
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    Only one word to say.....beautiful!!!!
     
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    Wow! Those are nice. Congrats on your find.
     
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    I saw a set of these for sale a few years ago for $1,200 or $1,400 (I forget which), at the Knob Creek MG shoot. I thought the price was too high, and I wasn't really oriented towards flintlocks on that particular trip. So I passed up the offer. If I had known they were made by Uberti I might have reconsidered.
     
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    That would have been a great deal if ,of course, you have an interest in flintlock martial pistols. To me the value is in having well made guns I can shoot and these fit the bill.I guesstimate the price for just parts to build only one of these pistols would be in the vicinity of $600. So having two guns crafted as well as the originals along with a fitted case for a little over the price of parts is a real bargain.
     
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    Very nice brace of historical pistols! I still have the July '75 issue of Guns and Ammo which had a feature article on the George Washington pistols.

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    What a pain it must be to fit that brass grip cap on the grip. I've never tried doing it.
     
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    Actually it is sterling silver but you are right they are a pain to inlet. Rule is go slow and do not loose patience.
     
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