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Help identifying flintlock pistol

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

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  1. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Member

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    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:
    "BLACK POWDER ONLY" ULTRA-HI

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

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    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

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    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.

    Jim
     
  4. Ryanxia

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    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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