SoloDallas sent us a photo of his historical tactical collection. He wrote …

Here we have a few of my blackpowder collection. This set includes (to the left) a gorgeous couple of Hawkins replicas made by the US Historical Society for the 1976 bicentenary of the declaration of independence. Supposedly, these were George Washington’s favourite flintlocks.

Being father of two my children and I are fans of Pirates of the Caribbean. The flintlock carbine in the photo was used in one or two of the first movies of the series. It is what is known as a “Indian replica”.

Also shown are two more replicas, one being a British Navy flintlock and the other a Harper Ferry’s Pedersoli replica.

Thanks Solo!



  • Taylor TX

    Love it, definitely want to add some flintlock pistols to the collection at some point. Those Hawkins really are gorgeous.

  • USMC03Vet

    Have you shot any of them?

    • ItalianAmerican

      Aye Sir!

  • John

    No cutlass or saber present?

    Not a real Pirates fan.

  • mig1nc

    Time to slit some throats!

  • Southpaw89

    Makes me want a flintlock.

  • ItalianAmerican

    Glad you folks liked it. This is SoloDallas. Yep, I do shoot blackpowder and it’s real nice. Will be posting more soon. The world needs more blackpowder muskets, no doubt. Brown Besses for the masses.

    • Fred Johnson

      A beautiful collection, Solo. 🙂

      • ItalianAmerican

        Thank you!

  • Shadow

    How could this be tactical??? The guns need rails at the very least!

    • morokko

      Since this is what was considered high speed low drag cqb weaponry of the day. Just the opposite to line infantry firelocks that with fixed bayonets were taller than soldiers themselves. I once had one of pedersoli Harpers Ferry pistols – nicely made but quite odd weapon, it has rifled barrel but is devoid of any rear sight – basically a shotgun setup with big rounded frontsight. The walnut stock is prone to cracking at the wedge socket – wood it is not reinforced there and, mind you, this is .58 caliber pistol so loads tend to be considerable.
      I wonder what was the Author experience with this Brown Bess carbine. Always was tempted by one, and indian made are reasonably priced in my corner of Europe, although their reputation is mixed. Pedersoli specimens just kill with their prices.

      • ItalianAmerican

        Sorry it took me so long to reply (very busy these days). Indian guns (such as the pictured carbine) shoot well IF (bold, underlined) they come from a select dealer who has prepared the gun to shoot. Many of these come in rough form and need additional work. Some select dealers (in the US and in Europe) treat the guns accordingly before the sale so to make it shootable safely and reliably. This carbine has been shot several times with no issue (big reliable spark and frizzen, etc.). I still hugely recommend Pedersoli. Can’t be beat (I own 4 Pedersoli Brown Besses – two 42 inch and two carbines and they’re superior in every respect). I have two for sale now at bargain price in Genova, Italy (I’m in the US).

    • Fred Johnson

      If they were caplocks instead of flintlocks, they would be tactical. 😀

      • screwtape2713

        Well, if that isn’t just what you would expect from a typical tacticool mall ninja — swaggering around with a bunch of fancy short flintlocks, when any normal civilian hunter can meet all his firepower needs quite adequately with a single normal-sized matchlock musket and fork-rest… Sheesh!

        • Fred Johnson

          I forgot about the superiority of the flint over a lit cord and a “shooting stick”. Well played. 😀

  • Anonymoose

    George Washington died 9 years before Jacob Hawken started working at Harpers Ferry Armory, and 24 years before Jacob and his brother Samuel started making rifles. Cool guns though.

    • ItalianAmerican

      Fascinating. I guess then that it’s a false statement that the Hawkins were owned by George Washington? Over 950 sets were made in 1976 for the Bicentennial and they were all sold.

      • Anonymoose

        Yeah. However, Hawken rifles are pretty iconic of the Frontier, and they’re handier and more ergonomic than Pennsylvania/Kentucky long rifles. I would much rather have a Hawken than a long rifle.

        • ItalianAmerican

          I think you are getting confused by the similarity in names, Moose. Hawkins (London gun maker) was not the same guy as for the Hawken rifle. Now that you spelled it multiple times again that way, I figured. Google for “Hawkins London pistol”, you’ll see for yourself.

          • Anonymoose

            I see. The “Hawkins” he was talking about in the article are the pistols. My mistake.

  • Don Ward

    Excellent! I have a plain-jane Hawken replica rifle. It’s great fun but I mainly just use it for firing squib loads during celebrations like New Years.

  • Dave C

    Cool collection. My “black rifle” is a Pedersoli Model 1841 “Mississippi/Yaeger” .58-cal. minié-launcher. So much quicker to load than my .50 patched round ball rifle!

  • Cymond

    I saw this at a flea market/curio shop in WV. It was hand made by a local, and not cheap. The NFA doesn’t apply to blackpowder muzzle loaders.