Original U.S. Civil War Era French Modèle 1822T bis Percussion Conversion Rifled Pistol

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available - As used in the U.S. Civil War. This is very unusual and interesting, being both rifled and converted to percussion. This started life as a French Modèle 1822 Flintlock pistol, made at one of the various government arsenals. This was one of the last flintlock models put into service. In the years since it was produced, it was both converted to percussion, and now has a very nice .69" rifled barrel, bored out from the original. The model number is missing from the barrel tang, however it still has the script T indicating a percussion "transformation", over the word bis (again), indicating another "transformation", in this case the addition of rifling to the barrel. There are various markings on the pistol, showing that this fine example has definitely had a long and interesting history.

The lock definitely was manufacturer marked at one point, however now the markings are too faint for us to read accurately. There is however a stamped mark 684 where the flash pan used to be, which matches the 684 on the left side of the stock and on the barrel. The stock has several other stamped inspection Cartouches and the rifled 7 3/4" barrel has some faded proofs, as well as Cde 17,6 for an 17.6 mm bore, which is approximately .69".

The finish is patinated and worn, showing that this was not a "museum" example, but a real service used example. The barrel does show rifling on the inside, though there is also wear from service. The lock is functional, however the tumbler is worn and it does not currently have a half cock position, and only holds and fires from full cock. It still has the original ramrod present, as well as the lanyard loop on the butt cap.

This a good representative example of the many interesting European cast-off weapons that crossed the ocean to serve during the American Civil War, and would be a nice addition to any display of imported arms, having been updated prior to exportation.

In very nice condition, a French M-1822 Percussion Converted Rifled Pistol, ready to research and display!

Year of Manufacture: 1830s, updated later
Caliber: .69" with four groove rifling
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 7 3/4 Inches

Overall Length: 13 3/4 Inches
Action type: Side Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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