balkan guns

Spanish pistol

Manufactured in Spain c.1560′s~17th century.
.72 caliber ball, single shot muzzle-loader, miquelet lock, brass and silver fittings.

The miquelet lock was a type of snaplock preceding the true/French flintlock mechanism, and pioneered the usage of the frizzen as a cover for the pan and therefor the priming blackpowder charge. It is easily identified by its external main spring as well as some other more discrete features, like a striated frizzen face. It was popular and in fact very prevalent in countries such as Spain, Portugal and the Ottoman Empire, as well as the Balkans.