Flintlocks & Bayonets
By James Grahame
This 'ere is a $289 reproduction of an early dog lock pistol, popular during the English Civil War. On second thought, they probably weren't that popular with the folks standing at the wrong end.
I'll let Robert Henderson of The Discriminating General describe his handiwork: "With it's 16-inch, octagon-to-round barrel, this pistol must have been challenge to wield in the melée of battle. As with all of our flintlocks, this replica is made faithful to those of the period with tempered seamless modern steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a threaded breech plug. The lock is made with strong durable springs and has a case-hardened frizzen (hammer) that throws good sparks. We use a cyanide case-hardening factory process that makes sparking both more reliable and longer lasting. Presently no other musket provider uses this technique."
In real life, Henderson serves as a consultant for the National Archives of Canada and numerous Parks Canada military sites. His replicas are historically accurate and can be altered to a firing state by a certified gunsmith. As with most items of this nature, don't point them at people, don't sneak them onto aircraft, and try not to spill black powder and shot all over the living room floor.
Muskets, Pistols, and Bayonets (The Discriminating General)