M1772/1855 Artillery pistol

By 1855 the Norwegian army had a slight problem. One was in the start of the transition period and everybody saw that the world of small-arms was about to change – dramatically. The 500 + artillery pistols of the M1835 proved to be too few, but investing in a new small run would be costly. The army had about a zillion of the old M1772 in their magazines. I have not been able to find out how many of these really were converted, but probably only a couple of hundred. They are seriously scarce!

The picture to the left shows a M1772 on top and a converted M1772/1855 at the bottom. The pistol was shortened, the hole for the ramrod filled and rebuilt like the Danish muskets.