Iron pistol made around 1750

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Postcard of Iron pistol made around 1750.
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Iron pistol made around 1750

This iron pistol was made by Alexander Campbell of Doune in Stirlingshire about 1750.

The pistol has a scroll butt and a Doune lock mechanism which uses a flint to spark the gunpowder.

A demand from Highlanders for pistols was met in the 17th and early 18th centuries by the town of Doune. After the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the market for Doune pistols declined and Doune-trained gunsmiths dispersed to other towns.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-810-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LH 293
Date: Around 1750
Mid 18th century
Material: Iron. Inscription: Alex. Campbell Duni Facit
Dimensions: 330 mm L x 135 mm
What: Pistol, flintlock
Subject: Firearms (NMAS Classification)
Who: Alexander Campbell, Doune (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Doune
Description: Pistol of iron with a flintlock and scroll butt, by Alexander Campbell of Doune, mid 18th century
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