SIMEON NORTH U.S. Model 1816 FLINTLOCK Pistol
Early American Army & Navy Sidearm
Here we present an antique U.S. 1816 Simeon North flintlock pistol, made 1817-20 in Middletown, Connecticut. Fewer than 20,000 of these were made for the U.S. military. Many were updated to the much more reliable percussion system in the 1830s. The service life was quite long for this pistol. The famous scout and Indian fighter Kit Carson fought with one of these, still in its original flintlock form, during the Mexican-American War from 1846-48. Even though percussion arms, including pistols, had been adopted by the U.S. in the 30s, it was not unusual for flintlocks to still be in use. Primary conflicts that would have involved this piece during its service life were the Seminole Wars, the Pawnee Expedition, the Mexican-American War and even the American Civil War.
The lock is marked “S. NORTH, US, MIDL. CON.” The barrel is also marked “US”. Though many of these pistols were converted to percussion, here is a true survivor in its original flintlock form.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts have a dark, even patina. The markings are mostly clear and legible. The stock is dark, smooth and solid. The bore is smooth, dark and clean. The action is excellent, strong and crisp.
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Barrel is 9 1/16 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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