US Marked Henry ASTON Contract 1842 DRAGOON Pistol
Guns International #: 101271351 Seller's Inventory #: 8414
Category: Antique Pistols - Percussion - Civil War Pistols

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US Marked Henry ASTON Contract 1842 DRAGOON Pistol

.54 Caliber Horse Pistol Made in 1850

Here we present an antique Aston U.S. Model 1842 Dragoon’s Pistol, made in 1850 in Middletown, Connecticut. The Model 1842 saw service during a time of great change and increasing tension, as well as firearms innovation. The Mexican-American War (1846-1848), the numerous conflicts with Native Americans, annexing of new territory, the rising blood-pressure over slavery, and a quick 36% population increase that all culminated in the blood-letting of the American Civil War. This was the first official percussion pistol to be adopted by the U.S. and simultaneously the last large smooth bore single shot pistol. By 1845 it was the primary issued weapon to the First and Second Regiment of Dragoons, replacing many of their Model 1836 flintlocks, just in time for the Mexican-American War. The Model 1842 was the last single shot smoothbore pistol issued by the U.S. Army.

The 1842 features sturdy construction with lots of brass for support. This was important during a time when one would expend their shots and still have a fight on their hands. Striking your opponent with the pommel of your gun was quite effective. The ramrod is captive, so that it would not be lost in the heat of battle on top of a horse. Many of these were used, especially initially, by both sides during the American Civil War.

The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces are semi-bright. The markings are clear. The lock and tang are both dated “1850”. The walnut stock is in great shape with great cartouches. The smooth bore is in very good condition. The action is strong and excellent.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 8 1/2 inch.

Caliber: .54 Percussion

Overall condition as seen in photos.

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Price: $1,700.00

Antique: Yes