Original U.S. Model 1836 Flintlock Cavalry Pistol by Asa Waters Converted to Percussion - dated 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Adopted in 1836, the production of this model continued until 1844, and this flintlock pistol intended for Cavalry was widely used in the Mexican/American War. A total of almost 41,000 units were produced before being replaced by the M-1842 Percussion pistol. Many flintlock pistols were later converted to percussion, such as this example.

This example was made by Asa H. Waters of Milbury, Massachusetts, and is still clearly marked on the lock:-

(Eagle Head)

Comes complete with its "trapped" swivel Ram Rod for easier use by mounted cavalry troops when reloading. The pistol measures 14" overall, with a smooth bore barrel of 8 1/2", which is marked U.S. / P / J.H. on the breech, for Joseph Hannis, who inspected Waters Pistols from 1838-1862. Some years after production, probably in the early 1850s, it was converted to percussion, after which it saw much additional use, most likely in the Civil War. There are still the remains of the brass pan attached to the lock plate, as is correct. The conversion did however utilize an external barrel shaped bolster, so it may have been converted at a state armory, and not a national arsenal.

The pistol is all steel mounted, the only brass components are the remnants of the brass powder pan and the brass fore sight. In nice condition overall with a polished steel patina on the steel components, showing areas of past oxidation. There is powder burn around the cap nipple and on the hammer. The lock functions correctly, holding half-cock and dry firing at full.

The stock is in very good condition, with the expected wear from service. There are no cracks or major damage that we can see. There are no longer any inspection cartouches on the wood, which were removed by cleaning. The grain is lovely, and the surface has a very nice glow.

A very nice percussion converted example of this pistol, ready to display!


Years of Manufacture: 1840 - converted later
Caliber: .54" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Overall Length: 14 Inches
Barrel Length: 8 1/2 Inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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