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    Pedersoli Harpers Ferry Percussion Pistol

    Hello everyone! This is my first post. Thanks for having me!

    I am making this thread to ask some questions about the new Pedersoli Harpers Ferry percussion pistol. I have a keen interest in this gun, and would like to purchase one for possible use in the smoothbore pistol even but would like some input first. I assume that this new Pedersoli gun is modeled after the Harpers Ferry 1805 pistol, one with a percussion conversion.

    I have two main questions:

    1. Were any Harpers Ferry pistols of this type ever actually converted to percussion, and were they actually used in the United States Civil War?

    2. Is this Pedersoli gun authentic in construction and appearance, especially, is the bright "in the white" metal finish on this pistol historically accurate?

    If you all could please help me in regards to these questions, or point me to resources where I can read up on this, it would be tremendously appreciated. I look forward to talking with you all and making friends. Thank you all so much for your time!

    V/r

    Earl Burlin

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    Nobody hear has an answer for me?

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    I answered these questions via the PM system when you posted them to me.

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    I'm sure John sent you good answers. I'm not that familiar with this firearm. But I do know that the N-SSA has authenticity requirements as well as issued number during the Civil War requirements. The arm would not have been approved for competition if it did not meet those requirements, and I'm pretty sure it has been approved.

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    Thanks everyone! I thought I'd try and gain any additional input possible since this thread was already open when Mr. Holland answered my question via PM.

    So, pertaining to numbers issued in order to be accepted by the N-SSA, I assume that a fair number of these percussion conversions actually were used in the early battles of the Civil War? Most interesting!

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    Not necessarily. Only 100 had to be purchased, it I remember the Skirmish Rules correctly.
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    Pedersoli 1807 percussion

    What size ball and load do you guys shoot? Am thinking of getting the kit from Dixie.

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    Single Shot Pistol

    I competed in single-shot pistol individuals for the first time at the soggy spring nationals using an original Johnson M1842 pistol with .530 diameter balls (Lee mould) wrapped in aluminum foil and 30 grains FFg (service charge). I did well with it at 12.5 yards (91-2X) but that only counted for 5th place (no medal). I at least hit the paper 10 times at 25 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Burgess_2078V View Post
    I competed in single-shot pistol individuals for the first time at the soggy spring nationals using an original Johnson M1842 pistol with .530 diameter balls (Lee mould) wrapped in aluminum foil and 30 grains FFg (service charge). I did well with it at 12.5 yards (91-2X) but that only counted for 5th place (no medal). I at least hit the paper 10 times at 25 yards.

    Jim Burgess, 15th CVI
    So the course of fire is 12.5 and 25? Did you have plenty of time to load all 10 with sighters?

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    My suggestion:
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    1. Buy the Pedersoli pistol.

    2. Work up a load for it that meets N-SSA rules.

    3. Shoot it in a Skirmish in the match.

    4. Have FUN!

    P.S. Yup, they will give you enough time to reload it in the match.

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