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Prussian Flintlock Cavalry Pistol ( 1731 Potzdam Model)



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Historical Background

The Model 1731 Potsdam Prussian Cavalry Pistol (or in German: PreuBische Steinschlosspistole - Potzdamn) was developed to replace the muzzle heavy, awkward, and unattractive 1727 model introduced only four years earlier. By the time Frederick the Great's army tested its metal against the other armies of Europe this model was most common pistol in the holsters of Prussia's mounted troops.

Considering the elegance and wood detailing to reduce weight, is it any wonder other armies began to copy this model. The British, for example, introduced a Dragoon pistol strikingly similar to that of the Prussians.

This pistol experienced a few minor changes throughout its lifetime including retrofitting of a brass band on some originals to support the wood of the stock near the muzzle. Like many items of Frederick the Great's army, this pistol had a long period of use and was not replaced until 1789. Because of this it likely saw service amongst the numerous German (Hessian) corps serving during the American Revolution such as the dismounted Prinz Ludwig of Brunswick Dragoons at the Battle of Saratoga.


Prussian and Austrian Cavalry engaged at the Battle of Leuthen, 1757.

Specifications

As the pictures attest, this reproduction is faithful to those of the period. The .62 calibre barrel is made of tempered seamless modern steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a threaded breech plug. The lock is made with strong durable springs and has a case-hardened frizzen (hammer) that throws good sparks. We use a cyanide case-hardening factory process that makes sparking both more reliable and longer lasting. Presently no other musket provider uses this technique.

As with all our other flintlocks, the vent is not drilled so we can ship easily to your door throughout North America and to Europe and the UK. Aside from that they are exactly like the originals. A fine addition to any collection.

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If upon receiving your musket you are not completely happy with your purchase, you may return it for a refund. All we ask is you cover the shipping costs. It has to be returned in two weeks of receipt and be in its original state (unaltered and unmodified).

Non-Firing State

We sell historically accurate muskets in a non-firing state. A certified gunsmith may alter these pistols to a firing state by drilling the vent hole and test firing it. PLEASE NOTE: Pistols are considered restricted weapons in Canada and in a number of other countries. Please consult with local authorities before making or converting any replica pistol into a firing state. We are not legally responsible for any alteration from its present state, nor any infractions of the law by the owner.

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