Sunday, June 11, 2017

The blunderbuss dragoon, was typically issued to troops such as cavalry, who needed a lightweight, easily handled firearm. In addition to the cavalry, the blunderbuss found use for other duties in which the shotgun-like qualities were desirable, such as for guarding prisoners or defending a mail coach, and its use for urban combat was also recognized.

Richard Wilson manufactured firearms for the crown, Honorable East India Co. and Hudson's Bay Company.

John Hall's London shop was active from the early 18th century until around 1770 and was known to have manufactured brass barreled blunderbusses. 

Joseph Heylin was located at 48 Cornhill in London from 1757 until at least 1779. He was known for making very fine pistols.

Twigg dragoons with folding bayonets. These pistols would have been particularly suited to a naval officer or a dragoon. The latter's name actually comes from their use of "dragon" flintlock pistols which was an early name of these blunderbuss style pistols.


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