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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 05:48 pm
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I picked this R. Johnson model 1836 Horse Pistol up last week at an auction. I thought it was very clean and just a real cool pistol.

 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 08:59 pm
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Georgeous!
I think I am jealous.... do you know caliber? is it shootable" smooth bore or rifled?



 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2011 10:37 pm
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Bama-

  Its a percussion .54 caliber smoothbore pistol. The manufacturer was Robert Johnson of Middletown, CT. Eventually, about 41000 of the 1836 Model U.S. Army Pistols were made over an eight year period by Johnson and by Asa Waters of Milbury, MA. In the 1850s, some were converted from the original flintlocks to percussion models. Some of these were used in the Civil War.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 14th, 2011 02:25 am
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yes I saw the nipple. 54cal smoothbore... it is a very nice specimen based on the photo..



 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 01:29 am
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Does it use a Maynard tape primer system? I'm curious about the tear-drop impression just under the cone.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 03:09 am
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Mark-

  I don't believe so. Bamanut's pistol shown in the picture above seems to have undergone a similar type of conversion method to the A. Waters model seen here:

Waters Single Shot Percussion Pistols  (the bottom one of the three pictured here shows the: "French" type conversion, while I think that Bamanut's pictured above has the: "Belgium" type conversion). The pictures and explanations are quite good.

  And here is the Belgium conversion:

http://www.horsesoldier.com/catalog/123-6342a.JPEG

  There doesn't seem to be any connection to the Maynard system typically seen on muskets such as the Springfield Model 1855.

Maynard tape primer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2011 10:09 pm
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Guys thank you ...I feel that it is a very interesting piece and I beleive it is shootable ...yes it is a 54 cal ...here are a few more pictures.

 

Bamanut

 
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