Matchlock Pistols did they exist?

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  1. May 8, 2019 #41

    Pukka Bundook

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    Lee,
    As is usually the case, we can never say "never" or "always" !

    Having said that, European matchlock pistols are more or less unknown. I am sure they have it wrong in the Jamestown case, but not visited thread yet!
    Henry V111 had some matchlock shield pistols , and some remain in the Tower or the collection in Leeds.
    There were laws to forbid the making and carrying of such pistols in Europe in the early days, but to all intents and purposes, any examples have long since disappeared.

    All the best,
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  2. May 10, 2019 #42

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    Thanks for your response Richard.
     
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    Interesting Thread. I've never even seen a photo of an authenticated European matchlock pistol. And there would probably be no practical use for one during the period. Which was probably one of the reasons the wheellock was invented - for use on horseback.
    I've read that the Japanese matchlock pistols were used more to symbolize rank/stature than anything else. Part of a dress code similar to the rapier sword during the Renaissance period. And possibly for occasional sporting use (?).

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  4. May 18, 2019 #44

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    Here's one for you. A youtube video that unfortunately isn't in English. It's a breechloading combination wheel lock and snap matchlock pistol. An extremely complicated firearm and I have no way to tell if it is original or a modern invention. I don't really see how a person could have built it with hand tools in the time period when it might have been made but those old guys did know their stuff.
     
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    That's our pal Bolek from Poland isn't it, Russellshafter?

    He's very good with this sort of thing.

    I don't know if it is a direct copy though, but it looks half familiar!
     
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    Yes, it is Bolek. Does he actually build this kind of masterpiece ?
     
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    Yes, Russell, Bolek builds these.
    Look up his wheel-locks, they are very reliable and impressive! He has a few showing firing the priming, and they never miss a beat.
     

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