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    Quote Originally Posted by texasred777 View Post
    I'm not very familiar with such; but wasn't the Damascus barrels always round? Probably not, but just a thought that struck me when I went back for a second look.
    Not at all, "Damascus" is use to describe either the iron/steel forging process, or the artistic pattern.

    Between old guns and new, Ive seen round, hex, half round/half hex, fluted, and even some ridiculously stupid looking spiraled barrels!
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    Just a few more pictures of the gun for you guys.....Click image for larger version. 

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    I believe the distinction being made is between damascus twist -- a technique used in manufacture of shotgun barrels -- and Damascus steel -- a prized grade in its time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archaic98 View Post
    I believe the distinction being made is between damascus twist -- a technique used in manufacture of shotgun barrels -- and Damascus steel -- a prized grade in its time.
    Haha, any chance you are a bladesmith?

    I was being rather vague, my apologies.

    The "Damascus Twist" or "Damascus Method", extended beyond just scattergun barrels, as it only required the Skelp being wrapped around a mandrel.

    A "Hex" (octagon) barrel is produced in the exact same method, with just a bit more hammering once the blank is off the mandrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red James cash View Post
    Good guess DD.Thats why I wanted to know if it was rifled.Dueling pistols were always smoothbore.I also just noticed that it had sights,it could of been a target pistol.
    Dueling pistols most certainly were NOT always smoothbore!! Many fine rifled examples exist.
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    I found this site while researching info on a flintlock pistol I recently acquired and hope curious cat or someone gets this. Like yours the barrel is marked Damas Fin and the scrolls and lock plate and butt cap are identical to yours. The one I have is near mint and quite exquisite with all the silver wire inlay in place and the Damascus steel star pattern clearly marked on all surfaces of the slightly tapered and rifled octagonal barrel. The underside of the barrel is stamped with a number 1468 33, and N with what appears to be a crown above, and M in a square. It also has a what I would guess is the maker's mark LF over a rampant lion in a shield stamped behind the rear sight.
    It's clear as has been suggested that your has been converted from a flintlock.
    Do you still have your pistol and have you learned any more about it? I'd appreciate anything you can tell me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious kat View Post
    It looks to old to fire, falling apart old! Looked inside the barrel....if anything it's not perfectly rounded, sort of octagon, like almost lines going down...but dirty, so hard to tell. When you look close it has pretty etching all over, I mean everywhere.... like it's for "show" more than shooting! Me, take it apart...lol....it would probably "fall" apart!
    Don't look down the barrel again, it could still be loaded.

 

 
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