U.S. Model 1842 “Box Lock” Pistol Manufactured by N.P. Ames


U.S. Model 1842 “Box Lock” Pistol Manufactured by N.P. Ames – Referred to as the Box Lock” model, more officially, the US Model 1842, these single shot, .54 cal., smoothbore, percussion pistols, were manufactured by the famed company, N.P. Ames, then located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Referred to as the box lock, the pistol has a flat, internal, hammer mechanism; the tail section of the lock plate is marked, in a vertical configuration, with: “USN/1845”; the center of the lock plate is stamped as follows: “N. P. AMES/SPRINGFIELD/MASS.” Ames manufactured only about 2000 of these pistols, between 1842 and 1847. The round, smoothbore steel barrel, is stamped: “USN / 1845 /RP/P” at the breech. The pistol is equipped with brass furniture which includes a round butt cap with a center screw, a plain trigger guard, and flat barrel band. The stock is dark walnut; the ramrod is the swivel type. The pistol remains in overall very good condition; there is some light pitting around the nipple bolster and breech area. The barrel has been finished bright; the hammer retains some case-hardening. The gun functions properly; the bore is clean. This is an excellent example of a rare and unusual pistol. Barrel length – 6”; Overall length –