HORSEHEAD DAGGER PISTOL (22-1023)by DENIX
This weapon is a reproduction of an actual English flintlock pistol dagger that was made in London in the early 18th century. The blade is made from zinc-alloy with a weathered antiqued finish. The hardware is brass and features an etched, simulated ivory handle. A 3 3/4 inch brass barrel hides behind the 11 inch blade and a regal horse head holds the hanging ring in it's mouth. The locks and trigger are fully functional (that is, you can cock it and activate the firing mechanism by squeezing the trigger), although the gun cannot actually be fired. Perfect for costumes and wonderful conversation piece.
Often a ships captain would have a pistol
sword or dagger commissioned for him as a sign of his
superiority. A gunsmith would decorate the stock with
silver and gold or ornate carvings. The doghead would
be carved in some ornate fashion or perhaps be shaped
like a lion, unicorn or some animal from the royal crest
of the owner. In many ways such weapons in the 18th century
would hold the same place of honor as a luxury car or
expensive watch might today.
The pistol of the day was a
flintlock mechanism which fired exactly like the rifles.
A single shot loaded via the front of the barrel. Rarely
would two men lock blades together with their faces inches
apart as depicted in the movies. If one were to get that
close, a dagger would most certainly have come into play.
With its built-in flintlock pistol, the Dagger Pistol
offered a pirate double protection and could prove very
handy in battle or intimidating victims.
collector dagger pistols are made of antique
finished zinc cast metal.
The screw heads are molded into the metal and cannot
be removed. These models cannot withstand
misuse or excessive dry-firing. Cannot be sharpened or made to
fire real ammunition.