Snaphance Pistol

Snaphance Pistol

1600s

Steel, ebony with silver inlay

Overall: 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in.); Barrel: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); Bore: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1918.68

Fun Fact

A snaphance pistol is a type of barrel-loading, flintlock gun. The snaphance is a spring-lock mechanism used for discharging a flint. This innovation greatly improved the efficiency of getting a shot off.

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