Turn-of-the-Century Flintlock Dueling Pistol
This newly finished late 18th/early 19th Century flintlock pistol is sure to shoot as good as it looks. Built by Steve Krolick, this pistol was put together using the finest quality parts. The lock was made by L&R and features a waterproof pan and roller frizzen ensuring both speed and reliability. The barrel is a new-old stock Ed Rayl .50 caliber rifled barrel that was turned octagon-to-round by Steve. Ed Rayl barrels have the finest reputation for their accuracy and reliability. A silver blade front sight and a dovetailed rear sight were installed in the barrel to insure the best accuracy
The stock was built from a blank of fine curly maple, which was finished a beautiful reddish-brown to bring out the figure of the wood. The pistol's handle was shaped according to the popular styles of original pistols built during the turn-of-the-century with the utmost importance placed on both looks and natural pointability; making this pistol as pleasing to shoot as it is to look at.
The furniture is steel; another popular feature found in turn-of-the-century pieces. The trigger guard was custom made and lightly engraved by Steve to add to the overall "elegance" of the pistol. Steve also engraved the barrel tang to match the trigger guard.
Steve finished the project by lightly patining all the steel components to bring out some of their fine details. The finished piece is an excellent example of a rarely reproduced piece of American history; which reflects the changing fads of late 18th Century English design while encorporating some uniquely American details like a curly maple stock and "gunsmith-syle" engraving. This unfired pistol would make an excellent addition to anyone's collection both as a shooter and a display piece; it would also be at home tucked into the sash of a reenactor portraying an American officer during the War of 1812.