Fry 1808 Martial Pistol

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John Popp and NRA Museums firearms special Logan Metesh take a look at a rare model 1808 U.S. martial pistol. Seven contractors submitted a total of 1,802 flintlock pistols to the Schuylkill Arsenal in Pennsylvania. Of contractor Martin Fry's 116 pistols, only three were considered within specifications. One authority said, "It would have been better to throw the whole amount in the river than to have purchased them." Those three are the only Fry pistols to survive. One was converted to percussion. Of the two remaining flintlocks, one is on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Season 11