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    Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1850's period



    This is one of my better CW relics for our collection to be donated soon!
    I still can't believe this.

    I set off in the early AM hours Tuesday to see if I could dig a few Civil War relics where I have found both Union and Confederate items in the past. Have you ever had those days where you don't just feel like detecting AFTER you drove a good distance? Yeah, it started like that. It was rough around the ole house after Tennessee took a whoopen from the Gators last weekend. Maggie loves college football, and her team is the TN. Volunteers. Having went to school there and graduating with 2 degrees, she will tell you blood pumps orange in her veins.

    So, Just on the outside of the North Carolina border into South Carolina, I drove to one of last years favorite fields. The corn that was standing had just been cut recently, so I was pretty stoked in anticipation of what the day might bring. Yawning and groggy still, I attached my gear, chose my coil to start with and sipping the remainder of the coffee from my old Coleman thermos. As I watched in awe, the neon red glow of the sun just coming up, burning the fog, and warming my face, giving me a good feeling and the pep needed to start hunting. I noticed in the corner of the field, a real nice Whitetail buck who had obviously been scoping me out for quite a while. As we stared at each other for a minute or so, he wiggled his white flag tail, put his head down, and continued grazing, as if he knew I wasn't there to harm him or fill my freezer that day. I pressed the power on the new GPX5000 I did a quick noise cancel and ground balance and started to rhythmically sweep the dirt, listening to the symphony of musical tones bouncing around my Grey Ghost NDT's . It wasn't long before I got my first real good solid tone, that I dug a really interesting looking roman button/attachment. I slipped it in my keepers side of my Orvis fishing vest and continued on. After digging several civilian buttons and some dropped and fired lead, I got this tone, this really, really sweet tone. I thought, "whoa, what is this?" As I carefully dug my plug from the hard red S.C clay, a strange brass object laid right at the bottom. I couldn't believe what I was looking at, or what I had thought I was looking at. I thought, " Man, that looks like a gun barrel" "Could it be"? I gently put it soft side of my finds vest and continued on gridding. It was so hard to concentrate , I couldn't stand it any more. I shut down the Etrac, and took the miniature cannon looking object out and observed it a little more closely. I thought again, "oh man, I think this is a boot pistol!!" Still, reluctant to take my clothes of and do cart wheels in my very religious farming buddies field, I thought, "how can I get this ID'd out here?" I thought of calling my wife Maggie, but I knew she was out of the office. One name came to mind, Quindy, Vol1226-X I called up my Tennesee buddy, and after us two "old schoolers" figured out how to send a picture off the phone, I snapped a couple, and sent them in to Quin. Of course I did it wrong, and they never got there, thank God, because if I would have donr the cartwheels I spoke of earlier, I probably wouldn't be welcome there again... EVER! Just kidding of course. So When I got home I sent some pics via internet to Sir Quindy, the I.D expert. It wasn't long at all when Quin called me and authenticated it was indeed a Boot Pistol! This is such a historic find for the American Civil War archives and enthusiast's. A pistol, from a fallen soldier, seriously? fighting for his side of the woods. The pistol would have been used as a back up fire arm. Maybe he was using it when he fell. If this doesn't send you imagination into a frenzy, nothing will. This is an artifact all of us passionate American, Military relic hunters dream about.
    I'm proud to say that this and other relics like it will, be donated to a museum in the area it was found, so history can be taught, remembered accurately.


    Other finds were a full, intact 1781 Carolus lll Reale!! Last week I dug a cut version. This one is in fantastic shape. Another find was an 1808 Sheldon American large cent. Looks like the rare version from what I can see of the back!
    Lead pistol and rifle rounds, buttons and a real nice American Native broad head point.

    The pistol is a single shot percussion boot pistol from 1852-55 it is a Leige.

    Thanks Quindy and Buckleboy for your help on the ID!


    Thank you for looking
    Mike Post
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    In the groove 4-H. Thats a nice cross-section of relics and a super nice reale. Happy huntin

    Les

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Wow I am so envious! I hope to find a firearm at some point in my detecting life. Thanks for posting and also great job in telling the story, it was great.
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Awesome Post !!
    Awesome Relics !!
    HH!!

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    WOW What a find! All of them are nice but, WOW.

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Dang Mike what a find i think that is the best post you did this year WTG and on the first day of Fall , that spanish reale is really in good shape you hit the spot for sure , i think that rare pistol should be a Banner find !!! now i have to get out and hunt after seeing all those finds Great hunt Dd60
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    thats awesome!! boot pistol it is. i have about 30 toy guns but not a real one. congrats. also that indian looks like it was dropped brand new. sweet reale too. willy

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Mike, you sure made some great great finds there....got me drooling here but then again it doesn' t take much when I haven't been out digging lately....living through your and other Tnetters finds! love the story behind hunt too...thanks for sharing

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Wow, you have been showing us all how it is done Colonially. I am definitely loving that Spanish silver, the boot pistol is killer, and the large cent is icing on the metal detecting cake. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

    Kirk
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    man what an awesome hunt, congrats

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Oh Lord Mike, I hope that's not a USC Trojan on that badge looking device or Maggie will trash it-LOL. You just keep on outdoing your last relic hunting trip. The boot pistol is Banner quality, great looking Reale, and that IH saw little wear. From what we know about your site, that little gun was fired in anger and self preservation as a last ditch effort to stay alive.
    You have started the Fall NC relic hunting season off with a bang (no pun intended). When Dman and I get out there to hunt with you and Modern Miner, you and I might dig up a cannon barrel if we can keep those two away from MM's blow up doll. HH, Quindy.

    I formally voted BANNER!!!
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Wow! Those are some really amazing finds there Mike!
    I wonder what might have happened to the hammer and the trigger?
    Great looking find though and in incredible condition too.

    I'm going to vote BANNER for this Mike.
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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    Awesome find Mike. Congrats on the boot pistol. I vote banner as well. Wife and I are still planning on coming your way in November. Talk to you soon.

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    Re: Single shot percussion "boot pistol" from the 1830's period

    You hit pay dirt for sure. The pistol is really a nice find...one I'm sure you were glad you took the time for. And the reale is ----welllllllll, it's too detailed for words. Thank you for sharing your great finds.

 

 
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