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FD-1147L - 19th Century Russian Pistol

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Reproduction of spark gun with Miquelete key made of metal and wood with simulating mechanism of loading and firing.

The spark guns had a flint or flint stone, which when triggered the hammer produced the spark that ignited the gunpowder.All these pistols required the manual reload of their ammunition after each shot. The ammunition, which was introduced through the mouth of the barrel, consisted of gunpowder, projectile and paper wad, which served as a cap to keep the two previous ones compressed inside the barrel.

The Miquelete key refers to a characteristic shape of the spark-wrench mechanism that predominated in the lands of the Mediterranean and in Spanish America, from the middle of the sixteenth century until the beginning of the nineteenth century.
On the origin of the name there is divergence of opinions. There are those who attribute it to the French troops who knew the Migueletes, who used them in the first half of the sixteenth century, and others, especially in the British environment, who attribute it to British troops during the War of Independence, Was the key used by the Migueletes under Wellington's command.

There were two main variants of the "Miquelet Key": The pin wrench, where the main spring pushed up the heel of the hammer's foot and the two detents actuated against the toe of the hammer. The other variant was the Italian,

Where the spring pushed down the tip of the hammer's foot and the catchers acted against the heel of the hammer's foot. These pistols were used as self-defense weapons until the middle of the 19th century. Their effective range was short and often used as a complement to a sword or knife.