- "Now Will, when a pirate's marooned, he's given a pistol with a single shot. One shot. Well, that won't do much good hunting, nor to be rescued. But after three weeks of a starvin' belly and thirst, that pistol starts to look real friendly. But Jack, he escaped the island, and he still has that one shot. Oh, but he won't use it, though, save for one man. His mutinous first mate."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs and Will Turner
A pistol was a single-shot gun that in an era of flintlock and musket weaponry where the pistol was loaded with a lead ball and fired by sparks from flint struck against steel. Flintlock pistols were used as self-defense weapons and as a military arm. Their effective range was short, and they were frequently used as an adjunct to a sword or cutlass. Pistols were usually smoothbore although some rifled pistols were produced. Arguably the most elegant of the pistol designs was the Queen Anne pistol, which was made in all sizes.
Throughout the Golden Age of Piracy, individuals that were either pirates or officers of the British or Spanish Royal Navy have been known to use a pistol. It was common knowledge that when a pirate was marooned, he's given a pistol with a single shot.
Captain Jack Sparrow owned a flintlock pistol while operating as a pirate in the Caribbean. He was left with one shot by his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa, when the crew of the Black Pearl marooned Jack on a desert island. Jack escaped, however, and kept his pistol, still with its single shot, to ultimately use on Barbossa himself. Jack killed Barbossa during a showdown at Isla de Muerta nine years on, and continued to use the flintlock in his later adventures.
Queen Anne pistol
Queen Anne pistols were a type of flintlock pistol distinguished by the fact that the lockplate was forged in one piece with the breech and the trigger plate. They were usually a breech-loading design known as a turn-off pistol. Possibly first made in England and certainly achieving relatively little popularity elsewhere, they came in fashion in England during the reign of Anne of Great Britain, hence the name. The most notable was the single pistol owned by Jack Sparrow who later gave it to Angelica.
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