Antique ASA WATERS 1836 FLINTLOCK Dragoon Pistol
MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR Pistol, Dated 1838
Here we present an antique A.H. Waters U.S. Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol, made in 1838. There were actually two manufacturers of these guns: Asa Waters and Robert Johnson. Combined, the production totals 41,000 guns. This was the last U.S. martial pistol to use the flintlock system, and many consider this the best of all U.S. flint guns due to its craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal. The gun is historically significant as this was the primary issue pistol during the Mexican American War (1846-1848), and was even significantly used during the American Civil War (1861-1865), especially in the percussion converted format.
The lock plate is roll-stamped with an eagle head above “A.W. WATERS/MILBURY. MS./1838” in three lines. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: “U.S./JCS/P” (“JCS” for John C. Stebbins) in three lines. The left stock flat is stamped with the Ordnance sub-inspectors and final inspectors marks which consist of the script initials “LS” (Luther Sage) and “MPL” (Major of Ordnance Mann P. Lomax) with oval borders. Many of these were lost to attrition during the various conflicts listed above, and many were converted for use by the North & South during the Civil War.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts are semi-bright. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is smooth and solid. The bore is smooth and dusty. The frizzen spring is weak and placing little tension on the frizzen. The action remains strong.
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Barrel is 8-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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