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Personal Firearms

Partial firearms recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.

While most evidence of small firearms has consisted of isolated gunlocks and the occasional copper alloy fittings, we have identified a collection of five semi-articulated personal arms, including four partial muskets and one pistol. One of the muskets was originally manufactured with a safety, or doglock, which helps to date it to between 1685 and 1715. The most complete musket measures just over 4 feet long, and a third musket is still loaded with a very large two-part molded shot! The pistol can be dated by its features: the rounded lock, offset trigger, and iron trigger guard suggest that it was manufactured during the reign of James II around 1685.

Updated 03/14/18 Kimberly Kenyon