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Simeon North Model 1816 Flintlock pistol US miltary marked SOLD

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Product Description

Simeon North was called “the father of American miltary pistols.” This is a US Model 1816 Flintlock pistol, US miltary marked with a “ US.” Also marked with a“ P “ for a proof mark, and a “ J “ stamped that the pistol was musterred out of miltary service.

In 1813, Connecticut gunmaker Simeon North was contracted by the U.S. government to supply a beefy .69-cal. pistol. He made a hefty double-strapped iron front band (all the gun’s furniture was iron). The black walnut stock incorporated a reinforcing band up the spine of the stock, from the grip cap to the barrel tang. The flashpan was brass and the ramrod was hickory.

North had made 1,626 of the guns when, in 1816, the military decided on some changes. The caliber  was to be reduced to .54, and a brass front sight blade was added to the top of the barrel band. Unlike the 1813, a portion of the stock extended forward of the band. The lock was casehardened, and the barrel and mountings were browned. All the brown is gone on this example.

This one has a front sight with a brass blade, but most of the other marks have been corroded away because of black powder use. But you can see an “ S “and an “ N “and a very faint eagle. This beefy pistol still has a great old growth black walnut stock. 

These pistols were so well made and tough, that they were used in the early days of the American Civil War. 

No international shipping. Also shipping and handling will be determined at the date of sale.

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