Original U.S. Model 1836 Flintlock Cavalry Pistol by Asa Waters of Milbury Massachusetts - dated 1838

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. 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. This is a VERY early example, only the third year of production, and has maker markings different from those seen later in the production run. The pistol measures 14" overall, with a smooth bore barrel of 8 1/2" that is stamped with the inspectors initials J.H., for Joseph Hannis, who inspected Waters Pistols from 1838-1862.

All steel mounted, the only brass components are the brass powder pan and the brass fore sight. In nice condition overall with a lovely dark patina on the steel components. The stock is in good condition, though it does show wear, with dents and small chips missing in areas. There are also some cracks, one running forward from the lock plate, and one on the left underside by the trigger guard. The lock functions, but does not hold correctly at half cock. This is definitely a pistol that saw long service, and has a worn tumbler.

A very nice example of this hard to find pistol, ready to display!


Years of Manufacture: 1838
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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