Make: Unknown, Likely Turkey or other Eastern Country.
Year of Manufacture: Unknown, Classified Antique
Caliber: The bore measures about .624” at the muzzle.
Action Type: Single Shot Non-Firing Flintlock
Barrel Length: About 9 ¾”
Sights / Optics: There are no sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is smooth wood, stained dark brown and inlaid with “silver” wire and mother of pearl in a scroll design with leaves. The grip has a stirrup style ornate cast (bronze?) cap similar to those used by vintage Turkish pistol makers. The forend runs full length to the muzzle. The trigger guard is also cast bronze and secured with nails. The craftsmanship is crude and there is a long chip of wood missing on the top right side under the sideplate. There is also a tiny chip at the left upper corner between the tang and the barrel. There are numerous handling marks with a large deep mark on the underside 2” back from the muzzle. There is also a small piece of wire missing on the left side of the forend section. Overall, the stock rates in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Impossible to tell. The barrel appears blued but the right side plate is painted steel.
Finish Originality: Apparently Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and unrifled. It is has erosion.
Overall Condition: This non-firing replica flintlock pistol retains about 10% of its metal finish. The barrel, right side plate and lockwork all show tool marks, handling marks, and corrosion. The bronze sideplate and grip cap are tarnished. The screw heads are disfigured and eroded. Overall, this non-firing replica flintlock pistol rates in about Poor condition.
Mechanics: The frizzen will not move forward all the way, and the hammer will not cock fully. When the hammer is pulled back to the half-cock position, it appears to stay in position until the trigger is pulled, in which case is moves forward slowly. Both the hammer and frizzen appear to be partially frozen with rust. There is no flash hole next to the pan.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a non-firing reproduction made to look like an Eastern (probably Turkish) flintlock trading pistol. They were ornate in looks but crudely made, as is this copy. It appears this was either made a long time ago or someone took a lot of trouble to make it look like an antique. Still, the pistol will display well and to the untrained eye certainly looks like the real deal.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This non-firing replica antique flintlock pistol can be sold in California.
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