I built a .54 cal. pistol with quality parts to match my Brad Emig Yorktown .54 cal. rifle. It turned out better than I expected, and I fully intended to carry it during flintlock seasons for, "up-close-and-personal" opportunities which occur once every several years.
I walked tall and proud to the pistol range at my gun club's 25 yard pistol station, and smugly alligned the sights on a 3ft. by 3ft. square of butcher paper with an official NMLRA 100 yd. target placed in the middle. After five shots, we're still looking for a hole!
I can't shoot pistols for squat, and never could! I might carry it for show this fall, but it certainly won't be loaded!
I honestly don't feel our flintlock season needs the inclusion of flintlock pistols. I can't invision a Pennsylvania hunter of the 1770's attempting to supply venison for his family with a pistol! If my frontier family is hungry, I certainly wouldn't attempt a questionable pistol shot when I'm certain of a clean kill with my flintlock rifle or smoothbore.
This, flintlock pistol business, highlights what our original flintlock season was NOT all about. Recreating a hunt in a winter of 1770's, meant attempting to harvest a whitetail under the most adverse conditions possible to enable your family to make it for another few weeks of winter.
Absolutely no one envisioned our flintlock season in 1974, as another opportunity to shoot a deer. If you haven't harvested a deer during the more than ample archery season, or taken one during the rifle season, the flintlock season should be looked upon as simply another visit to the local butcher to fulfill the larder with beef and pork for the lean months of winter.
The honest truth is, a flintlock pistol probably won't alter the menu!