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One of the conclusions from battle experiences during the Seven Years War was the necessity of a pattern of pistol specifically for the Light Dragoon Regiments of the British Army. Introduced in the 1760s, the Light Dragoon pistol graced of holsters of the brave troopers of the 16th and 17th Light Dragoons along with American mounted units loyal to the crown. The latter included the King's American Dragoons, Tarleton's famous British Legion, along with the Hussars and Light Dragoons of the Queen's Rangers. Both the British Legion and the Queen's Rangers skirmished with the France's Lauzun Legion of Hussars during the Yorktown Campaign.
Raised in 1760 by a veteran of the siege of Quebec, the 17th Light Dragoons saw extensive service during the American Revolution including at Bunker Hill, White Plains, Fort Washington, operations in Georgia and the Carolinas including Cowpens.
After the American Revolution, this pistol continued to be used by Light Dragoons into the Napoleonic Wars. It was slowly fazed out as the introduction of the New Land Pattern took hold.
Hussars of the Queen's Rangers. The Hussars trained to gallop through the woods and between the files of the light infantry. The Hussars and Dragoons saw extensive service throughout the war. Cavalry of the Queen's Rangers were armed only with pistols and swords.
This pattern (commonly referred to as the Elliot pattern) of flintlock pistol has a 9-inch 62 calbre barrel made with tempered seamless modern steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a threaded breech plug. As the pictures attest, this is a beautiful pistol. Note the curve of the pistol grip/butt. This shape became popular in both the French and British armies in the 1760s. If it is not shaped this way it is not a Light Dragoon pistol.
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 our 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).
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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