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Old 15th September 2019, 07:26 AM   #1
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Default Miquelet Percussion Pistol for ID and Comment

Just acquired this nice little pistol. Barrel length approx 5" (13cm) with a smooth bore of approx 17mm. Overall approx 25cm.
There are no proof marks of any sort, but 17 is stamped on the underside of the barrel. The barrel bore has a definite chamber for powder and a "flange" above that, which would seat the ball. The miquelet lock is in good functioning order.
I am leaning towards Spanish origin but could be quite wrong.
All comments welcome.
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Old 15th September 2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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The third screw on the counter plate suggests that you must have had a belt hook. We would have to disassemble the counter plate and look where it threads and what sense it has. Is spanish

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Old 15th September 2019, 07:22 PM   #3
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Beautiful pistol !
As someone not well initiated in firearms, may I ask what is the definition or description of the term miguelet in these weapons? I know it has to do with the lock, but is it a certain characteristic or simply alternate term?
I had always thought they were flintlock as opposed to percussion.
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Beautiful pistol !
As someone not well initiated in firearms, may I ask what is the definition or description of the term miguelet in these weapons? I know it has to do with the lock, but is it a certain characteristic or simply alternate term?
I had always thought they were flintlock as opposed to percussion.

Hi Jim,
Miquelet refers to the style of lock and can be found in either flint or percussion.
Here is some info for you on various types/styles of locks.
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Thank you for this excellent explanation of the different gun lock types. Which has cleared up a detail that was bothering me about the gun at the top of the thread.
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Old 15th September 2019, 11:40 PM   #6
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In the description of the "fashionable Madrid" miquetete there are several errors. The chock C is not half-cock, but is for full-cock, and conversely, the front chock is the one that acts in half-cock. In addition, the firing is not achieved by means of the spring appendix, but by means of a bar

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