Original French Napoleonic Model An XIII Flintlock Cavalry Pistol made at Maubeuge Arsenal Arsenal - dated 1808

Item Description

Original item. Ony One Available. This is the Classic Military Flintlock Pistol of the Napoleonic era, made at the IMPERIAL ARSENAL OF MAUBEUGE, an Arms Manufacturing installation created by King LOUIS XIV in 1678. It is Marked on the lock plate Maubeuge / Manuf. Imp. in scroll engraving below a proof mark. Brass mounts on walnut wood stock fitted with large skull crusher butt cap, and dated 1808 on the barrel. There are also numerous letter proof markings on the brass components, probably assembly matching numbers.

A very nice example of the French Dragoon pistol of the French Napoleonic era. Works perfectly, holding at half cock and firing when fully cocked. A pistol that may well have seen service at WATERLOO. Ready to display!

The Pistolet modèle An XIII was a flintlock cavalry pistol, in service in French units from 1806 until 1812. It was mostly inspired by the Pistolet modèle An IX, which it succeeded, but also incorporated elements of the Navy pistolet modèle 1786, notably the barrel mountings. Over 300 000 pistols were made, mostly between 1806 and 1814 in Charleville, Maubeuge and St-Etienne. The Americans copied the design as the Harpers Ferry Pistol, and used it against the British during the War of 1812.

The Pistolet modèle An XIII was designed to equip mounted units, each horseman using two pistols. It was also used by the Navy. An improved version, known as the M1822, was produced after the Napoleonic Wars. They were kept in service well into the 1840s, at which date the pistols still in usage were converted to use percussion caps.


Year of Manufacture: 1808
Caliber: .65" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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