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English Lock Doglock Pistol - $395


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Here is our doglock pistol. It is a piece represnting the technology of the 1650-1680 era. The lock is an "English lock" as opposed to a French lock, which is what we call a true flintlock today.
The English lock was a transitional step in the evolution of the flintlock. It uses many of the concepts from the earlier snaphaunce, such as the horizontal sear, the external buffer, and the idea of the tumbler shaft being attatched to the cock and not the tumbler, but did away with the pan cover and the mechanism to operate it. In the English lock, the pan cover and steel are incorporated into one part known in the period as the "battery" (we call it a frizzen today). As small a thing as this may seem, it is a major step in the evolution of the flintlock.
The original to this piece came from a private collection and the stock and barrel markings were reproduced. This is a formidable piece, with a 16" long barrel. These would have been carried in pistol buckets with the butts facing forward (away from the rider) so you would have the room to draw them.
Being an early lock design, this pistol doesn't use regular pistol flints as the geometry is copied directly from the original piece. The squared gunflint as we know it today was not yet in vogue when these were developed. Instead, they were built with a "gunspall" in mind, which was basically a chunk of flint. We reccomend using a full-sized musket flint in these, perhaps narrowing them down to look right.


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          Here is a right hand view of the English Lock pistol. It is as big as it looks. full view

          In the left hand view, you can see that there is no sideplate, typical of 17th century "work" guns. Instead there are three panhead screws to secure the lock. left view

          Here is a close up of the lock. If you look close, you can see how these are the next step in evolution from the snaphaunce. It retains the horizontal sear and external buffer. lock

          The 16" barrel is two staged and has 17th century markings. lock

          Here's a view of the bottom, where you can see the early style triggerguard and 17th century rack markings. lock