Antique A.H. WATERS M1836 Percussion DRAGOON .54 Caliber CONVERSION Pistol
MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR Conversion Pistol, Dated 1838
Here we present an antique Asa H. Waters U.S. Model 1836 Percussion Pistol, made in 1838. This pistol would have started out life as a flintlock and had a period conversion as the new percussion technology developed. There were actually two manufacturers of these guns: Asa Waters and Robert Johnson. Combined, the production totals 41,000 guns. This was the last U.S. martial pistol to use the flintlock system, and many consider this the best of all U.S. flint guns due to its craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal. The gun is historically significant as this was the primary issue pistol during the Mexican American War (1846-1848) and was even significantly used during the American Civil War (1861-1865), especially in this percussion converted format.
The lock plate is roll-stamped with an eagle head above “A.W. WATERS/MILBURY. MS./1838” in three lines. There is a single letter “T” also on the lock. “S/JH/P” stamped atop the barrel. Two inspector cartouches on the left stock flat. Many of these were lost to attrition during the various conflicts listed above, and many were converted for use, as is this one, by the North & South during the Civil War.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. Nice bore for age. Two cartouches on the left stock. Minimal wear on the stock. A very well-preserved percussion converted Model 1836!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .54 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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