American Revolution Era French Model 1777 Pistol Dated 1779
Guns International #: 101030414 Seller's Inventory #:
Category: Antique Pistols - 1500-1850 - Antique Pistols - Flintlock
When emailing or calling sellers direct, please mention that you saw their listing on GunsInternational.com
Seller: Brent Wilburn
Company: Antique Arms, Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/15
First Name: Brent
Last Name: Wilburn
Country: United States
Phone: (770) 466-1662
Number of Active Listings: 32
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: Money Order, Certified Check
This is a Revolutionary War Era French Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol that was produced by one of the 3 main French Arsenals...this one being St. Etienne. It has a very old conversion to Percussion but it other-wise all original including the original belt hook which is usually missing. France supplied quite a few of these along with the Charleville style Musket in our fight against the British. In addition, there were a number of French units that fought along side Americans...particularly at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The great thing about this pistol is unlike 95% of what was used in the Revolution, these were marked with the year of manufacture. A number of 1777 Pistols I've seen over the years that still have the dates were manufactured post Revolution. However is dated 1779 on both the stock and the barrel. You will not find one with a better date and military markings on the wood that this one. It is crisp...just fantastic! Condition-wise, for a gun approaching 250 years old, it is sound and in Fair+ Condition on the metal and Good+ to VG on the wood. The brass frame is great with nice markings, good edges, and a very old patina while the iron barrel, screws, and rear grip strap show pitting. The "79" on the barrel has had the rust removed and its quite good. Just forward of the date is a French proof symbol and a crown that has not been cleaned. The original belt hook has a few deep pits but is present and still has quite a bit of spring left in it. The action works both on full and half cock positions. The wood is solid with a heavy patina. No cracks. Great markings which read "X.BRE (old French abbreviation for December I believe), over "A" over "1779" over a Fleur De Lis symbol pver "B" on the right side with a small area of wood repaired where the was a chip missing along the top grip strap. Left side of grip has a small letter "B". With the exception of a pre-1850 conversion to percussion, this is a nice original example of a Model 1777 Pistol that has never been overly cleaned with a great Revolutionary War date and Original Belt Hook. In the years following the Revolution, the French Model 1777 would serve as the pattern for the first American-made military pistol called the Model 1799 by North and Cheney.
Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: Model 1777
Manufacture Date: 1779