Letters from Malifaux
The occasional need for powerful and immediate close-range defensive firepower is a sad fact in Malifaux. Whether facing a pack of cutthroats in an alley or some nondescript creature deep in the narrow warrens of a mine, surprise attacks can come at any time. In the heat of such an encounter, passions flare and blood rises and even the calmest and most steelyeyed gunfighter may find their aim sadly reduced. To counter this, many of our customers prefer to carry a weapon that delivers more punch and requires less accuracy, to ensure a solid hit under even the most chaotic conditions. To meet this demand, we present the Drakon pistol by Alexeivich & Tocharof of Malifaux. The Drakon is the epitome of an A&T Firearm; heavy, sturdy, high powered, and able to take incredible punishment and still function properly. Called the “hand cannon” among those who carry it, this large, heavy pistol is essentially a scaled down blunderbuss.
These fine pistols recently arrived in Malifaux from the U.S. Army arsenal at Rock Island, Illinois. Manufactured by Harold Axton of Northton, Connecticut, the Model 1842 was the last smoothbore, single-shot pistol issued by the U.S. Army. They are .54 caliber muzzle-loading smoothbore pistols with nine inch round barrels and weigh roughly six pounds each. Rugged and handsome, each pistol features an oiled walnut stock, brass furniture (back strap, trigger guard, barrel band, and butt plate), and dark blued barrel and percussion lock. Each one is preserved in oiled leather, and as they are military surplus and lightly used, each has been inspected and guaranteed by the Guild of Mercantilers to ensure their safety and quality. Purchase of a Model 1842 includes the pistol, an all-in-one musket and rifle tool that features a knapping hammer, vent pick, turnscrew, patch work, and ram rod extension, and a secure locking case in which to keep your new firearm.
These unique pistols were recently acquired by the Guild as part of a military surplus purchase. Produced in 1837 for the U.S. Navy, the Liegn Pistol is a combination percussion lock muzzle loading pistol and combat blade. Built in small numbers, these pistols come in .54 caliber and feature a five inch octagonal barrel over a twelve inch fighting knife. The pistol also features a broad, sweeping knuckle guard attached to the butt that not only protects the shooter’s hand but also acts as a set of knuckle dusters. Initially designed to both repel boarders and to arm boarding parties aboard warships, the navy found the weapons to be quite effective from a practical standpoint, as they allowed a seaman to carry both a pistol and a killing blade onto the deck of an enemy ship along with a pike or boarding axe.