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We all know that pirates and flintlocks go together like sharks and teeth. We equally know that some pirates would fly the Jolly Roger flag, featuring a skull and crossbones to let victim ships know that they would give no quarter. Well, Feast your eyes (and hands) on the perfect combination of those two pirate staples.
This replica pirate flintlock reproduction is similar to ones found in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a slim, efficient flintlock (though non-firing), with fully working locks and trigger. A simulated redwood stock has the perfect combination of grain and grittiness.
Engraved steel lock plates on the front and back tell a little about the history of this flintlock. The words "Manufactures Se Snt. Etienne" reveal that the original flintlock was built in France, at the St. Etienne Aresenal. This manufacturer was a very popular flintlock maker in the late 17th century and early 18th century. It continued to make flintlocks long into the 20th century, designing several guns that were used in World War I. On the rear side of the pistol are the numbers "206." Here ate Strongblade, we pride ourselves on always telling the truth, so here we go: WE have no idea what those numbers mean. If anyone knows, feel free to drop us a line.
If you're looking for an addition to your pirate costume, you can't get much better than this flintlock.
Optional Engraved Stand
For a low price you can add a personalized engraving to your pistol stand. We will apply 2.5 inch by 1.25 inch solid brass plate to the stand engraved with your personalized message. This makes for a truly wonderful gift or award. Just click-on the engrave button next to the pistol stand part number and use our engraving utility to enter up to three lines of text in the font of your choice.
Length: 10.5 inches
Weight: 1 lbs.
The flintlock pistol was the greatest advance in pirating since the wooden leg. Developed in the 1600s, these pistols revolutionized ship-to-ship combat (and on-land raiding). The concept was fairly simple: gunpowder was stuffed into the barrel. A lead ball, usually wrapped in some sort of fabric, was stuffed in. A metal rod (normally embedded in the bottom of the gun's barrel) was removed and used to jam the ball and powder as far back as possible, and as close as possible. A hammer (sometimes called a cock [insert giggles here]) was then pulled back half-way and left that way until the gun was ready to fire. The pistol technically was not meant to fire in this position, although sometimes they were known to go off half-cocked (and yes, that is the origin of that expression). When the gun was ready to be fired, the hammer (or cock, hehehehe) was pulled back all the way and the trigger was squeezed. A the top of the hammer, a piece of flint was held in place by a vice. When the trigger was squeezed, the hammer was released and the flint struck a metal plate known as a frizzen. A spark would be created, which would light the powder in the barrel, which in turn would make a satisfying "boom" sound. A by-product of this "boom" was the ejection of the lead ball from the barrel at a high rate of speed. Flintlock owners had to be careful that the barrel was not facing anyone when they created their "boom" sound or injury or death could result.
Moisture or water was one of the greatest threats to flintlock pistols. Wet powder would not light when sparked, so the flintlock owner would neither get the satisfying "boom" nor the lethal projectile flying from their barrel. Instead, this would often mean that they, themselves, would be the target of an opponent's satisfying boom and resultant projectile. That, or a sword through the esophagus.
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The pollaxe (or polaxe, or poleaxe) became popular in the 14th and 15th centuries, during the golden age of plate mail. Armor became so strong during this time that it became really, really difficult to actually kill anyone (well, anyone of importance, right?). So the polaxe was created. A long shaft, crowned with a steel head that featured an axe-blade on one side and a spike or hammer-head on the other. And usually with another spike at the top, just to make it deadly from any angle.
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