Rare Flintlock Pistol Goes Missing at Daytona Museum

It’s no Italian Job, but a recent heist at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences has left the facility under-gunned, literally.

Museum officials recently reported a theft of a rare flintlock pistol – complete with bayonet and gunpowder tester- which employees say was stolen on July 14. The museum reports the value of the gun to be about $3,000.

The pistol was reportedly kept in an unlocked case. Strangely, video surveillance failed to reveal the thief, according to a report filed with the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Museum head of security Mark Hart told officers that he had to unlock the door to the room where the pistol was kept, a room that had housed about 600 visitors throughout the period when the gun went missing.

According to museum literature, the pistol was part of a collection donated to the facility in 1998, a collection that had previously been displayed in the Mary Louise Marzullo Gallery. A number of Napoleonic guns originating in Paris were among the lot.

Flintlock pistols hold a strange place in the ranks of early guns. Often issued for military use, their owners generally found them inaccurate outside of short range. Flintlocks were largely phased out by the onset of the American Civil War, and were replaced by percussion lock ignition systems (also known as percussion cap).

Because of their relatively short production run and their marginal effectiveness in battle, flintlock pistols are exceedingly rare today.

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More