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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by theborocat, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. theborocat

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    Hello all. I have been given a flintlock pistol that was that was found buried in two feet of dirt in the 1950s here in Kentucky. It is in very good shape. I am wanting to find around what era the pistol is from. I'm not sure if it was a Civil War gun or maybe Revolutionary. It has "London" stamped on the side, and has two barrels labeled 1 and 2. The barrel length looks like about three inches. If any of you could point me in the direction of maybe finding out this information it would be appeciated. I have done a lot of research on the web and I have hit a wall. I come to this site all of the time to read all of the great information, but I am better at talking about HK, Sig, and Smith & Wesson than I am flintlock pistols. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
     
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  3. theborocat

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    Thank you very much. I also heard maybe sending picture to NRA museum.
     
  4. scrat

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    or why dont you post a picture here
     
  5. wvmountaineer

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    One- does it have two locks?
    Two- does it have two triggers?
    Three- small bore, mabye 28 bore?
    I found one in my books called a BRUNN DOUBLE BARRELED PISTOL. Circa-1790 made in Brunn,London England. Barrel length is around 6in.
    If I knew how to put a picture on here I have one for you to look at, but I haven't figured out how to yet. Maybe look it up on the net.
     
  6. Jim K

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    I would like to see a picture just for information. If it is old, and English, it would not be too uncommon but would still be interesting and possibly of considerable value.

    Jim
     
  7. wvmountaineer

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    I have a possible picture of it ,BUT,I still can't figure out how to get it posted,TOO computer stupid.
     
  8. Niner

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    Do you have a scanner?

    Scan the picture at about 150 dpi. Save it as a jpg to your desktop. Go to a post screen. In the bottom you will see a green bar that says Manage Attachments. Click. See a window that says browse with a button. Hit that and find the jpg. Hit upload. Wait for a bar to show you that it's loaded .Close the screen.

    Fill in the text in the message and post.
     
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    If you have a popup stopper, you might have to hold down the control key, or both control and alt keys to get to that browse page.

    Pops
     
  10. wvmountaineer

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    I'll try yto make this work.:banghead:
     

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    that is so cool
    let me see if i can help you with the pic

    well so much for that. looks like something is wrong with photobucket
     
  12. theborocat

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    Hey guys I have been away from my computer for a couple of days. WVmountaineer thanks for trying to help me. My pistol has one barrel on top of the other and not side by side. It has one trigger as well. I have been doing some research and have heard about something called a revolving barrel. I don't know if mine fits into that category or not. The barrels are labeled 1 and 2. The pistol has London stamped on one side and H New stamped on the other side. The barrel looks to be maybe three inches long. I will try and post a picture of it soon. I am determined to find out the history of this pistol. Thanks to everyone that responded.
     
  13. theborocat

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    One other thing. My father found this pistol while playing as a child. In the early 1950s he and a friend were digging with spoons in his hometown here in Kentucky. He found the pistol buried deep in the dirt. He was only five at the time so he went around for days playing with it until my grandmother stopped him one day and realized it was real. Crazy story I know. My father has since handed the gun down to me so I have a connection that goes back with the gun. Its not just one that I purchased.
     
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    Have your father write you a letter attesting to where he found it and when. It'll help establish the provenance of the gun and make it an heirloom.
     
  16. wvmountaineer

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    Is this the one, I still have about 25 more books to go through.This pistol is a Richards O/U 44Cal. London England
     

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    WVmountaineer, you are definately on the right track. That pistol is almost exactly like mine. My barrel is a little longer. What era does it look like these pistols are from? Thanks for all of your help!
     
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    Richards O/U ,circa, 1790's
     
  19. 4v50 Gary

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    Swivel breech guns were around during the American Revolution. It offered a quick, follow-up second shot. There was one disadvantage - weight. It is said that Tim Murphy (Saratoga fame) had a swivel breech gun but he left it at home and carried the lighter single shot rifle when he served as a rifleman during the war.
     
  20. theborocat

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    WVmountaineer, what do you think of the letters H New stamped on the other side? Is that the gunsmith name you think?
     
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