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Harper`s Ferry Model 1805


Harper`s Ferry Model 1805

The model 1805 U.S. Marshal "Harper`s Ferry" flintlock pistol, manufactured at the Harpers Ferry Armory in Virginia (now West Virginia), was the first pistol manufactured by a national armory.

Harper`s Ferry models 1805, 1806, 1807 and 1808 flintlock pistols were all identical and there were no changes in design during this model year sequence. The pistol was a .54 caliber, single-shot, smoothbore, flintlock pistol intended for field duty and was issued as an Officer`s pistol. Harper`s Ferry model 1805–1808 flintlock pistols were known then as “horsemen`s pistols” and were produced in pairs; both pistols having identical serial numbers. With just one shot readily available without reloading, a "brace" was the standard issue (a pair of two flintlock pistols were known as a "brace"). Horse accouterments also included a standard pair of saddle holsters. No serial number higher than 2048 has ever been discovered—and that is exactly half of the number recorded as produced at the Harper`s Ferry Armory. There are between 200–300 of these pistols known to exist today.

Currently manufactured reproductions of the original pistols are made with a larger caliber than the original, as well as a rifled bore for more accurate shooting. There is one reproduction available modeled after the percussion converted Harper`s Ferry pistols that is built with the correct .54 caliber smooth bore as well.

The model 1805–1808 U.S. Marshal "Harper`s Ferry" flintlock pistol is used today on the insignia of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.

Harper`s Ferry Pistol - Shooting and Loading



How to disassemble and assemble the Harpers Ferry Model 1805

Weapontype:
Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer:
Harpers Ferry Armory

Operation:
Flintlock fired, manual loaded

Chambers:
.54

Barrel:
10

Magazine Capacity:
Nil - 1 shoot only

Feed system:
Muzzle-loaded

Sights:
iron

 

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