Flint Lock Pistol, Early 19th Century
This flintlock pistol dates from the 18th Century, and was found in a house in Ennis in the mid-twentieth century..
Flintlock pistols were first used in France in 1612. Due to its simplicity and effectiveness it quickly became more popular than the previously used Wheel Lock and Snaphaunce.
It was the fist pistol to incorporate the striking surface and flash Pan into one piece making it less expensive and more reliable than its predecessor.