REVOLUTIONARY WAR DUBLIN CASTLE 1759/78 (aka 1756/77 and “Post 1777”) BRITISH LIGHT DRAGOON PISTOL Ca. 1780

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Dragoon regiments followed the trend for light troops in the 1750s by forming companies of light dragoons within existing regiments that morphed into entire regiments of light versus heavy dragoons. This pistol is a good example of the pattern introduced in 1756 for these cavalrymen as produced at Dublin Castle, which supplied arms in theory for regiments on the “Irish Establishment,” but whose weapons also ended up the hands of regiments temporarily posted to the area or even passing through on their way to America as tensions rose in 1770s.

This follows the general pattern of the light dragoon pistol in being full stocked to the muzzle and of .65 caliber, with a 9-inch barrel and short-eared butt cap doing away with the long “spur” extensions running up the sides of the grip, but shows variations peculiar to Dublin Castle, using their version of the 1777 flat pistol lock with flat swan neck cock and simplified engraving, and convex land pattern long side plate holding the two screws, long acorn finial on the triggerguard, and employing not only a thimble, but also a rear entry pipe for the ramrod.

The condition is very good. The wood preserves the beavertail carving around the breechplug tang. The teardrop rear extension of the lock apron is rubbed, but evident. The wood shows light dings and shallow scratches, but good color and a good fit to the metal with just slight age gaps at the forward edge of the lock and breechplug tang. The only visible repair is at the lower left grip where a piece has been inlet just forward curve of buttcap spur. The baluster rings are distinct on the barrel, but the barrel proofs are tough to make out. The lock engraving is distinct and crude, as is characteristic for Dublin Castle.

Neumann calls this the English Light Dragoon pistol pattern 1759/1778, though most now refer to the lock as the 1777 pattern. The most recent work on British martial single shot pistols by Davies, Chisnall and Brook, places it among Dublin Castle products as a specific group, calls it the “post 1777 Light Dragoon Pistol,” suggests they were using up older castings for the mounts, and dates them “c. 1780.”  [sr] [ph:M]

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