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    1800's Boot Pistol

    Wallhangers posted a pik of an early 1800's boot pistol and a light bulb went on for me. Dug thru my junk box and I found one of these last year, didn't know what it was. Mine has the lower part of the barrel blown out! Would love to know the story of what happened! thanks!!
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Nice save!
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Thats actually the top part of the barrel that blew out. The hammer and spring came out of the open part towards the rear.

    Alan

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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Welcome!
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Here is one I found, made in Belgium I believe
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Yep, similar to the two that I have found but neither of mine had a blow-out like that...ouch.

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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Interesting post tav!

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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Bet that ruined someones day.

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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    That is a barrel of a mid 1800's percussion cap pistol assembled by a company named Leige. It was an inexpensive pistol, and a lot of people owned them. They have been known to be found on, or around Civil War skirmish/battle sites predominately used by the Confederate kids. Because the Confederate army had little monies, we have assumed they were used mostly by that party. Used as a "last chance" effort to stay alive durring a sticky situation. Union Soldiers were issued their pistols courtesy of uncle sam.

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    Here is a mid 1800's Leige Percussion Cap Pistol we dug on a Civil War Skirmish site in N.C. You can see on top, where the nipple is where the percussion cap was placed.
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    That's a really neat find, I'd hate to have been the guy holding it when the barrel let go like that.....
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    Re: 1800's Boot Pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken
    That's a really neat find, I'd hate to have been the guy holding it when the barrel let go like that.....
    don't worry, he didn't hold it for long
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    I found one of these in a field a week or so ago and didn't know what it was until I saw the photos here. Mine was missing the barrel due to an overload of powder. Probably hurt the guy shooting it.
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