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AC3 Flintlock Pistol

The Flintlock Pistol

The Flintlock Pistol was a pistol common to the British colonies of North America during the latter half of the 18th century.

History

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Charles Lee firing a Flintlock Pistol in the air

From at least 1754 to at least 1783, the Flintlock Pistol was widely sold in general stores throughout the Frontier and in cities such as Boston and New York. The Templar Haytham Kenway himself purchased a Flintlock Pistol at a local general store upon arrival in Boston on 8 July 1754 to assume his duties as Grand Master of the Colonial Rite.[1]

Indeed, it served as the preferred sidearm for many Templars of the Colonial Rite, including Haytham's protege, Charles Lee. On 5 March 1770, Charles triggered the Boston Massacre before the Old State House by firing a shot into the air with a Flintlock Pistol and causing a panic in the crowd.[2] Years later in 1782 at Haytham's funeral, he and his henchmen held Haytham's son and killer, the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton, captive with Flintlock Pistols.[3] Ratonhnhaké:ton himself began his training under Achilles Davenport with a Flintlock Pistol as a basic sidearm.[4]

Weapon statistics

Rate of fire Short range Long range Cost Availability
2 2 1 N/A Sequence 2
Description
This flintlock pistol has a better accuracy at short range, and is thus less powerful than the musket. However, it's more comfortable in a fight than on a battlefield, and easier to wield, offering more versatility. Because of the time it takes to reload after every single shot, many people will carry two or more pistols at the same time.

Behind the scenes

The Flintlock Pistol is modeled after the Harper's Ferry Flintlock. Because the Harper's Ferry Flintlock was manufactured at the earliest in 1805, this makes its appearance in Assassin's Creed III anachronistic.

The Flintlock Pistol model seen in cutscenes and the general store menu is completely different to the one used by Haytham and Ratonhnhaké:ton during gameplay. However, in the Frontier gameplay trailer, the former higher quality model can be seen in use.

In certain pre-release screenshots for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Edward Kenway appears to have pistols of this model equipped, but in game, no such pistol is available.

This pistol also appears in several cutscenes in Assassin's Creed: Unity but is unavailable during gameplay.

Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed III
  2. Assassin's Creed IIIA Trip to Boston
  3. Assassin's Creed IIILaid to Rest
  4. Assassin's Creed IIIA Boorish Man
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