GUN OF THE DAY - French St. Etienne Pistol
One of the first French handguns used in the newly created United States of America, our GOTD is a .70 caliber flintlock pistol that featured a bronze receiver onto which the barrel and lock components mounted. This c. 1777 example was manufactured at the St. Etienne ****nal, and its graceful profile later helped establish similar American martial pistols, much as the Charleville musket helped create the US M1795 flintlock musket.
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