Flintlock Pistols and Flintlock Long Arms

Flintlock Pistol Dealers – West Street Antiques 

Here at West Street Antiques, we are proud dealers of quality flintlock pistols based in the UK. We offer many different types of flintlock pistols to our customers, and we stock one of the largest selections of flintlock pistols in the United Kingdom. Our carefully selected stock of flintlock pistols is ever-changing and had added to the collections of museums as well as private collectors. We’ve been instrumental in starting many fine collections for people whose first introduction to flintlock pistols was our shop window, novices whose interest we’ve nurtured with advice and guidance, sharing the benefit of our many years’ worth of experience both as collectors and flintlock pistol dealers. If you’d like additional information on the flintlock pistols that we offer, be sure to get in touch with our experienced team today. We’d love to hear from you and assist you in any way we possibly can.

 

A Brief History Of The Flintlock 

200 years after the Matchlock was introduced, it was improved upon to create the flintlock pistol. The very first true flintlock pistol was developed by the Frenchman Marin le Bourgeoys, who designed it for King Louis VIII. Flintlock pistols, muskets and rifles were the mainstay of every European and American army from 1660 to 1840.

 

How Did The Flintlock Improve Upon The Matchlock? 

The flintlock pistol improved upon the matchlock in a number of ways. First of all, an open flame was no longer needed, as it was replaced with a simple spark. The spark came courtesy of the serpentine being fitted with a piece of ”flint” (hence the name). The flashpan was replaced with a smaller “priming pan”, which held a lesser amount of fine black powder. The priming pan contained an opening into the breach which contained the rest of the powder. A small piece of steel (a “frizzen”) was mounted to the top of the priming pan and, when the trigger of the flintlock pistol was pulled, the flint would strike the steel creating a spark and igniting the powder in the breach.

 

The Design Of The Flintlock 

Similar to the matchlock, the flintlock design was also initially a smooth bore long gun, or musket. However, the flintlock design allowed for more variations of weapons, and so many short barrelled flintlock pistol designs and shotgun designs were developed. This paved the way for improvements to be made upon the flintlock and it’s design, and the most intuitive design during the flintlock period affected firearms in a truly revolutionary way.

 

Common Users Of The Flintlock Pistol 

Flintlock pistols were most commonly used by officers on sailing ships, and some armies across the globe. The blunderbuss shotgun designs were more common with sailors and pirates and some flintlock pistols and weapons were even designed to fire ropes from one ship to the other.

Some Of Our Flintlock Pistols

At West Street Antiques, we offer a wide array of flintlock pistols to customers throughout the United Kingdom, including:

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If you’re based in the United Kingdom and you’d like additional information on the flintlock pistols that we offer, be sure to get in touch with our experienced team today. We’d love to hear from you and assist you in any way we possibly can.