Pistol Civil War Cavalry Battle site

cmthunder

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Can anyone help I’d this pistol? Found at Cavalry battlefield retreat from Gettysburg Western Md.
Ambrose? octagonal barrel
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Looks like a .40 cal European single shot boot pistol of the Civil War era.
 
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Best I can tell you from the pics is that it's a boot pistol probably Belgian made There were a lot of makers that made pistols just like it. Date wise 1830's to around 1870ish maybe.
 
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A little Hoppes #9 gun bore cleaner, or a good squirt of Ballistol: "Good as new!" :laughing7:

NICE find!! :icon_thumright:
How deep was it?
Was it found off the beaten track?
 
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About 6” down in farm field not off beaten track. But read like iron. So probably just passed over many times. I saw the end of the barrel first and thought I had a piece of pipe.
Boy was I shocked when I pulled it out.
 
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Scrub all the loose rust off, soak it in evaporust for a while and clear the barrel completely (make sure it's not loaded) then boil it in paraffin wax for a few minutes (bake it in the oven to make sure all the moisture is out first) when it cools buff it with a soft cloth and it will make a great display and last a long time without corroding any further
 
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