Pistols: For the Rich Only

Henry pistols

Look at how good a condition this pistol is in. It was probably never fired. Contrast that with muskets, rifles and fowlers, used by the average person and fired very often.

Henry pistols

Pistols generally came in pairs, similarly decorated. These have brass barrels and silver engraving, perfect for displaying the owner's wealth.

Handguns, or pistols, are very commonly owned by civilians today. However, only the rich would buy pistols in the 18th century. Their extremely short range and limited power make them unusable for almost all the uses of the firearms discussed so far. However, ornate decoration allows them to show off the owner's status and wealth. They were also used in war by high-ranking officers who didn't need the encumbrance of a musket but wanted some protection just in case.

Pistols: For the Rich Only