Original U.S. Model 1836 Flintlock Cavalry Pistol by R. Johnson Converted to Percussion - dated 1841
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 Robert Johnson of Middletown Connecticut, and is still faintly marked on the lock:-
Comes complete with its "trapped" swivel Ram Rod for easier use by mounted cavalry troops when reloading, though the end is missing, so it can be pulled right out of the swivel. The pistol measures 14" overall, with a smooth bore barrel of 8 1/2", and was converted to percussion, after which it saw additional use, most likely in the Civil War. There are still the remains of the brass pan attached to the lock plate.
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, the pistol definitely looks to have been arsenal reconditioned at some point, which has removed the markings on the stock, and made the markings on the metal faint. Overall the metalwork now has a lovely gray patina. The lock functions correctly, holding half-cock and dry firing at full, though the hammer has a bit of wobble from side to side.
The stock is in very good condition, with light wear from service. It has been cleaned and polished, and is actually made from some very attractive walnut, which has a lot of curl around the pistol grip area. Really a beautiful piece of wood.
A very nice attractive example of a flintlock pistol converted to percussion for further service, ready to display!
Years of Manufacture: 1841 - 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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