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CONVERTED FRENCH PISTOL.

Q: A friend of mine was given this percussion pistol. Can you identify it from the photos I've sent? Can you establish an approximate value? My friend's father-in-law gave him this pistol and he wants to shoot it. I told him to wait. We would like to identify it and establish a value. He might want to display it in a locked unbreakable glass display case rather than shooting it. We see some engraving on it and other markings but have been unable to identify it.

J.C.

South Carolina

A: Your photos indicate you have a French Model 1822 flintlock cavalry pistol that was converted to the percussion system circa 1840. It was officially termed by the French, Pistolet de cavalerie modele 1822 T (Transforme). A good number of earlier flintlocks (pistols, carbines and muskets) were similarly updated by the French, an economical practice that was followed by most major militaries of the world around the mid part of the 19th century. The lock plate on your friend's piece indicates the pistol was made at the Tulle armory. The Model 1822 and the earlier An XIII (Year 13)--a designation derived from the French Revolutionary calendar--pistols were the two most commonly converted. Both are frequently seen today, though the '22s seem to be more prevalent than '13s. Caliber is 17.1mm (.69). The pictures you sent show a later Liege proof mark on the gun's barrel, indicating it officially spent some time in Belgium at one point on its way to the United States. While decorative, the value on converted 1822s is not high. In good, complete, working condition, anywhere from $550 to $650 is plenty for one. Do not attempt to shoot it unless you have a qualified gunsmith give it the OK.

GARRY JAMES

GARRY JAMES@OUTDOORSG.COM

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Title Annotation:IDENTIFICATION & VALUES
Author:James, Garry
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Oct 20, 2017
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