Original U.S. Civil War Era M-1842 Cavalry Percussion Pistol by I.N. Johnson dated 1854

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Original Item: Only One Available. This U.S.-made single-shot, smoothbore pistol is a very nice example of the Model 1842 percussion pistol, produced by Ira N. Johnson of Middletown, Connecticut. Ira Johnson received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Dept in March 1851 to produce 10,000 M1842 pistols. Johnson was a partner in the firm of H. Aston & Co when he resigned to start his own company to manufacture single shot pistols. Johnson delivered pistols that were identical to Aston’s arms save for the markings on the plate.

The Model 1842 was intended for use of Cavalry, and has a .54" caliber 8 1/2" barrel, with a with swivel steel "captured" ramrod for easier loading while on horse back. The pistol is 14 inches long in total, and has some interesting markings, some of which were purposely marred.

The lock plate on this example is marked U.S. / I.N. JOHNSON in front of the hammer, and MIDDTN / CONN / 1854 on the tail of the lock plate. The barrel is proof marked with the inspectors initials: U.S. / JCB / P, and is also marked STEEL on the left barrel facet. The inspector marking is for John C. Beaumont Lt., USN, who is specifically noted for inspecting I.N. Johnson Pistols, Ames Pistols and Cutlasses 1852-1855.

The walnut stock is in good condition, though there are some repaired cracks on the grip area. The brass mounts all in very fine condition. The lock is functional but will fire at both half and full cock, so the tumbler is worn. Also the ramrod channel is a bit worn, so the rammer falls out easily. This Model was widely used in the U.S./Mexican War and then in the U.S. Civil War.

A very nice example, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1854
Caliber: .54 inches 
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: 8.5 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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