POTD: Axe-Handled 63 Caliber Flintlock Pistol – Cut Them Down!
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a talking point of sorts. This 63 Gauge Flintlock pistol is a pretty undocumented one, but it falls into the category of “multi-tool” with so many others. These types of black powder pistols were fairly uncommon in the old days. Usually, this was a modification found onboard pirate ships. Most of the time the butt end of an average black powder pistol of this era would be a large brass cap that was meant to be used as a secondary bludgeoning weapon. The axe end I am sure was uncomfortable, but intimidating. Flintlocks tended to be unreliable (especially in areas involving water) so the inclusion of a secondary attached weapon was quickly adopted as standard.
- Manufacturer: Unmarked
- Type: Pistol
- Gauge: 63
- Barrel: 12 Inch Round
- Finish: Blued
- Grip: Hardwood
Lot 133: Unmarked Flintlock Pistol 63. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 11, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2010/133/unmarked-flintlock-pistol-63 .