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French "AN IX" Cavalry Pistol, 1801



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Historical Background

Introduced in 1801 this famous pistol graced the holsters of Napoleon's cavalry at the height of the 1st Empire. In battle this pistol was used both for volley fire and close quarter fighting with other cavalry. As well it proved useful in inflicting harm on packed enemy infantry defensive squares. While another, lighter pistol began to be manufactured in 1807, the "AN IX" pistol continued to be used in Napoleon's cavalry until the end of the Empire in 1815.


French Cuirassier discharging his pistol on a British square at the Battle of Waterloo.

Specifications

This reproduction is a copy of one manufactured in St. Etienne and marked on the lock plate as such with "M[anufactur]e imp[eriale] de St. etienne". The 8 1/4 inch octagonal-to-round barrel has a surprising .69 calibre barrel which must have given the rider quite a jolt when it was fired. The steel used in the barrel is made of tempered seamless modern steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a threaded breech plug. The breech area of the barrel possesses the historic model markings and the controller/inspector stamps. Overall the combination of the brass and steel dazzles the eye and it is no wonder it is such a popular pistol amongst collectors.

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).

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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