Elgin Cutlass Pistol,
.54 caliber smoothbore, 5" barrel,
10" Bowie blade, walnut, aged patina,
by Old Glory
Part Number: AAR-766
Availability: In Stock
Price: $1,619.00
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This reproduction Elgin pistol was manufactured circa 1977-78 by Old Glory . Based on the 1837 Patent of George Elgin's "pistol knife" or "pistol cutlass", the patent was for an improvement in the Pistol Knife or Cutlass. "The nature of my invention consists in combining the pistol and Bowie knife, or the pistol and cutlass, in such manner that it can be use with as much ease and facility as either the pistol, knife, or cutlass could if separate, and in an engagement, when the pistol is discharged, the knife ( or cutlass) can be brought into immediate use without changing or drawing, as the instruments are in the hand at the same time".

Originally 150 cutlass pistols were manufactured by C.B. Allen of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1837 for the U.S. Navy. These unique combination guns were purchased by the Navy to arm the famous Wilkes South Seas Exploring Expedition. The mission of the Wilkes Expedition was to explore and map heretofore unknown islands in the South Pacific. It is unknown if they were actually issued to the expedition, but the U.S. Navy Elgin Cutlass Pistol has the distinction of being the only combination gun ever issued to the U.S. military.

The Old Glory made reproducion does vary slightly from the antique examples with a slightly thinner frame to prevent use in counterfeiting the very unusual antique pistols. Originally issued bright the pistol has been aged to a give it a very light patina finish. The 5" long . 54 caliber smoothbore has a bright well maintained bore. Beneath the barrel a Bowie blade is fitted, and measures 10-1/4" from the tip to the front edge of the frame. The blade has an integral knuckle guard and is attached to the barrel by a tongue and groove with two screws. The top of the barrel is marked ELGINS/ PATENT and PM / 1837 Only a front sight is fitted, typical of military handguns designed for use at close range. The rear left hand side of the barrel is stamped with the serial number, and the frame has a matching number adjacent. The bottom quarter flat is stamped Old Glory. The walnut grip appears to be as-new with no major handling marks noted.

Both Elgin and Old Glory overestimated the market demand for their pistols and neither was a commercial success. Elgin made a small number of civilian pistols as well as the 150 for the military. Old Glory made 150 finished pistols and 150 guns in kit form before ceasing production. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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