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It [21] ANTIQUE PISTOL COLLECTING from the pocket or and naval men belt. although For these reasons it had a strong it was disHked by military civilian appeal. The safety catch was operated on some by bringing the cock to half bent and then pushing the trigger guard forward. Plate IF, No, 2, and Plate V, NoJ. Others had the push-forward safety mounted on top of the lock, a preferable arrangement. Some fine silver-mounted pistols, barrelled, of this type both single and double- were made by the leading gunsmiths.

During the reign of George III one hundred and seventy-two duels were fought, sixty-nine persons being killed and ninety-six wounded. Many accounts of duels are on record to which those interested can refer. In 1803, Lieutenant-Colonel Montgomery and Captain Macnamara were out riding each accompanied by his dog. at fight which cards were exchanged which Colonel Montgomery was mortally and a dispute arose over them, and a meeting arranged Suddenly the dogs started to as a result of wounded. From approximately 1780 to 1800, the dueUing pistol was stocked to the muzzle and fitted vdth a barrel of octagonal section.

First The a later a tube-lock. FIGURE to say Manton brought out 11 there appeared the percussion cap. thought of this simple idea, but it It is impossible was an immediate small cap was placed upon a hollow nipple sometimes which was screwed into the breech of the barrel. The fall of the hammer upon the cap caused a tiny jet of flame to pass down the interior of the nipple and ignite the charge in the breech. Although the more conservative w^ere reluctant to give up the flintlock, it was only a CcLQed a cone, matter of time before the percussion cap won common vdth the flintlock, were greatly reduced.

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