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Harpers Ferry Model 1805

Flintlock Pistol

Harpers Ferry Model 1805

Flintlock Pistol

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OVERVIEW



The Model 1805 became the first American pistol to be manufactured by a US military arsenal.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1805
MANUFACTURER(S): Harpers Ferry Armory - USA
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Flintlock
CALIBER(S): .54
LENGTH (BARREL): 254 millimeters (10.00 inches)
SIGHTS: Front Fixed Iron
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Model 1805


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Harpers Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol.  Entry last updated on 2/26/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Harpers Ferry Model 1805 was a flintlock pistol produced out of Harpers Ferry Armory in West Virginia. The firm was set up by the United States government in 1799 and would eventually provide hundreds of thousands of firearms to serve in the upcoming American Civil War. The location of this facility proved ideal for the factory could make use of the natural currents of the nearby Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. The Model 1805 was a product of this renowned facility and itself was produced in over 4,000 examples between 1806 and 1808. Selection of the Model 1805 for US Army service made her the first such pistol to be produced at an American armory.

Design was conventional for the time, sporting a long 10 inch steel barrel with a curved pistol handle. The trigger was set in an exquisitely rounded trigger guard and operated the flintlock action consisting of the cock-lever, frizzen and flashpan. The hardware was set off to the right side of the wooden body. A ram rod was set just under the barrel. The cartridge caliber was .54.




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