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There are few instruments of death more beautiful than the dueling pistols of the 18th and 19th centuries. This non-firing reproduction is probably one of the nicest looking flintlocks that we sell. It has a wonderful flowing shape to it with an extended grip and satisfying feel. Almost every inch of the locks, stock and barrel is etched intricately. Heck, even the trigger gaurd is beautifully designed. But then, Italians ahve always been masters of design.
The centerpiece of this weapon is certainly the pair of dueling dragons that make up the hammer and striker. These creatures are carved in arching detail, facing one another ready to strike. The lock plate that they sit upon is carved with an amazing array of designs as well and makes a great contrast to the light wood of the stock. The stock itself is fluted at the grip, and is anchored by an ornate brass cap and finial assortment that is bolted to the base of the grip, where the loading would have been carried out.The cap, likemost everything else on this flintlock pistol, is detailed and etched gorgeously.
The long brass barrel (more than 10 inches long) is fluted and crimped handsomely at the end. The barrel also features some very detailed engravings along the very tip.
This is truly a fantastic piece to hold. It's got a nice heft to it and the lock/trigger mechanism are so satisfyingly solid that you can't help but shoot it over an over. It's worse than freakin' Tetris. Or I guess Sudoku would be a more contemporary example for you young whippersnappers. Whatever your age, you'll find this to be a very high quality reproduction of beautiful piece of dueling history.