U. S. Model 1842 Pistol,
.54 caliber, 8-1/2" barrel,
percussion, walnut, brass,
by N. Ashton
Part Number: AAQ-595
Availability: In Stock
Price: $699.00
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Original antique U. S. Model 1842 percussion pistol, marked N. ASHTON on the lock plate. Consider that this pistol was quickly made obsolete by the advent of the percussion revolver, which was a renowned success after the introduction of Colt's Model 1847 Walker revolver. Large caliber single shot pistols were powerful, and they were the choice of the U. S. Army for a few more years.

Stocked in walnut, trimmed in brass furniture with long backstrap for strength. The stock has some hairline cracks at the rear of the lock panels and many scattered dents dings and handling marks. The brass buttcap has a long strap that abutts the breech plug tang. The sideplate has a brass extension that joins the integral brass barrel band, making a very strong military service pistol.

The tapered round barrel is 8-1/2" in length in .54 caliber smoothbore . The .54 caliber barrel is smooth bored with a bore diameter of .546". The bore is dark and rough. The stampings on the barrel have been obscured due to the aged patina and are no longer legible. This pistol has no rear sight, only a small brass front sight blade which is dovetailed in a shallow dovetail. The captured steel ramrod, with swivel links, yoke, and mounting screw, are designed to prevent loss in the field. The ramrod can easily be withdrawn, swiveled to push the load down the barrel, and returned to the stock.

The lock is marked with a very faint U.S. over N. ASHTON and the date is obscured. The half cock notch and full cock notches both engage securely. The nipple accepts musket caps, and this appears to be the original nipple.

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