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17th Century Matchlock "handgonne" Pistol

Elizabethan Anglo-Spanish War 1585-1604  - Thirty Years War  1618-1648  - Colonial America

    Style A: Turned Grip Matchlock Pistol with Trigger Guard (MTS-031A)


Style B: Matchlock Pistol with Lever (MTS-031B)


Historical Background

From the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the end of the Thirty Years War, cavalry experimented with numerous models of shortened matchlock arquebus firearms.  Infantry arquebus model proved too long for mounted troops.   Among them was the matchlock "handgonne".   It was a transitional firearm, replaced shortly after by wheellock pistols.   However it use was not limited to those on horse.   The seaman fighting in the many naval engagements of this time period would have taken advantage of its convenience in close-quarter battles.  Certainly these pistols saw service in England's fight with the Spanish Armada.


Skirmish during the Thirty Years War



These reproductions is roughly two feet long and barrel is .62 calibre. The highly-polished steel used in the barrel is made of tempered seamless modern steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a tight breech plug.  The lock is made with strong durable springs. As with all our other matchlocks, the vent is not drilled (read details below) so we can ship easily to our door throughout North America and to Europe and the UK. Aside from that they are exactly like the originals. A fine addition to any collection.

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 Matchlock Pistol: 359.00  (MTS-031A or MTS-031B)

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If upon receiving your musket you are not completely happy with your purchase, you may return it for a refund. All we ask is you cover the shipping costs. It has to be returned in two weeks of receipt and be in its original state (unaltered and unmodified). 

Non-Firing State

We sell historically accurate muskets and pistols in a non-firing state. This allows us to comply with various local, state, national and international firearms regulations, along with shipping company policy restrictions.     Please read our Conditions of Use and Legal Disclaimer.  The customer is expected to be aware of the laws of their locality that govern products of this nature.

This item is no longer permitted in Canada.

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