BRITISH Antique LIGHT DRAGOON Pattern .65 Caliber Flintlock CAVALRY Pistol
REVOLUTIONARY WAR Era British Military Flintlock
Here we present an antique British Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol, made circa the mid to late-18th Century. This pistol would have been carried by a member of the British Light Dragoons. Light Cavalry in the British Army began to be more highly developed and organized during this very period of the middle 1700s.
By the 18th century, cavalry represented one of the three basic troop types of any European army, along with the infantry and artillery. Mounted troops came in a variety of different types, depending on the role that they played on the battlefield. Light cavalry rode small quick horses and carried light weapons ideal for scouting and skirmishing. Heavy cavalry, including cuirassiers and lancers, on the other hand, were often armored and were mounted on strong powerful horses which they used to smash and break enemy formations in close combat.
Potential conflicts this pistol may have seen include the Seven Years War (1754-63), French & Indian Wars (the North American extension of the Seven Years War), the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802), the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).
The lock is “TOWER” marked and bears the royal cipher of King George (“GR” for Georgius Rex). Proof and acceptance on the barrel. There are some other markings on the stock.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is smooth and in nice condition. The stock is smooth and solid. A great example of an 18th Century British flintlock dragoon’s pistol.
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Barrel is 9-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .65 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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