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Original Afghan Flintlock Jezail Musket made with Brown Bess Lock - circa 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Jezail (sometimes Jezzail from the Arabic) is a simple, cost-efficient and typically handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in the Middle East region in the past. These were all highly personalized, so no two were alike. They were often made with locally available locks, so it was common to see locks on these that were of varied origin. 

This is a nice Afghan Flintlock JEZAIL Musket from the NORTH WEST FRONTIER. We all know where that is. Formerly part of the British Empire after THREE Victorian Wars, this turned out to be a very empty victory. So ungovernable that Great Britain granted the Country its Independence in 1919. They were a thorn in British India's side until 1947 and since have been occupied by the Soviet Union and now by the U.S. Army without much success.

This Jezail is constructed around a British Third Model Flintlock mechanism mounted on a smooth bore barrel, as is typical of the border region of Afghanistan and India. Brass mounted the barrel has seven brass barrel bands, and a large brass wrapping underneath. In common with most Native JEZAILS, the gun has a very curved hoop stock encrusted with brass tacks and engraved brass panels. It even retains its original iron Ram Rod.

There is some engraving on the barrel, and it has a simple peep sight on the end near the breech, which is used with the small front sight. The octagonal barrel is quite heavy in construction.

An interesting type that we have not had before! Ready to display!



Years of Manufacture: Circa 1840
Caliber: approx .54 inches
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 31 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 47 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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