Horse Pistol


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Horse Pistol

Horse pistols were usually issued in pairs.  The set would be carried in holsters draped across the pommel of a saddle.  They weighed several pounds each and were so long they could not comfortably be carried on the hip.  There are only 15 of these horse pistols made in Falmouth that still exist.  They are stamped with “Rap a. Forge.”  In 2007, an anonymous “friend” of the Fredericksburg Area Museum purchased the one shown above at a San Francisco auction for $170,250.  It is currently on display at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.