Snaphaunce Pistol

Approx. Period: 1610 AD
Length: 0.40m Width: 0.05m

Scottish firearms developed in distinctive style during the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the influences are described of as Middle Eastern appearance. Pistols were made of steel or brass with silver inlay. The pistol butt came in a variety of shapes such as fish-tails, lemons, hearts and scrolls.

The Snaphaunce Pistol is fitted with a simple firelock mechanism. This would be one of a pair with the lock mechanism of the pair reversed. The construction is of brass and the butts are fitted with a lemon shaped extension. Like all firearms of this period the pistol is muzzle loaded.