Black Sails

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Black Sails (2014-2017)

Black Sails is a 2014 historical adventure series surrounding the adventures of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), the pirate captain made famous in author Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island. The series, which is set twenty years prior to the events of Treasure Island, premiered in 2014 on the Starz channel and aired for four seasons until 2017. The series was also executive produced by Michael Bay.

The following weapons were used in the television series Black Sails:


Flintlock Pistol

Doune Lock Pistol

Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) uses a Doune lock Scottish Flintlock throughout the first season. This style of pistol is correct for the era, as they were manufactured by various sources from 1678 until around the 1790's. Although these were most popular during the Jacobite Rebellions and the American war of independence, it is entirely feasible that such a weapon could have been in Nassau in 1715. The earlier pistols, however, are known primarily for their intricate and ornate engravings.

A unengraved Doune Lock Scottish pistol
Flint places his hand on the Doune Lock pistol. It appears to be unengraved, an attribute vary rare on originals, but exceedingly common on modern Replicas. (S01E01)
In a production still Flint wields his Doune Lock Scottish pistol

IX Cavalry Pistol

In the opening scene of the first episode Captain Parrish (Graham Hopkins) wields what appears to be an anachronistic French cavalry pistol with a belt hook.

An IX cavalry flintlock
A possible IX Cavalry Flintlock Pistol(S01E01)
A clear view of the right side of the Pistol.(S01E01)

Light Dragoon pistol

Dufrene (Jannes Eiselen) Appears to use a Light Dragoon Pistol, judging by the shape of the cock, Frizzen spring, and barrel length.(S01E05)

A British Light Dragoon pistol.
Dufrene's Light Dragoon Pistol. Note the distinctive cock shape.

Double Barreled Pistol

Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) is seen holding a distinctive Double Barreled Flintlock pistol in the third episode (S01E03)

An Irish twin flintlock pistol.
Vane points his pistol at the sound of an intrusion.

Tower Sea Service Pistol

One of the brothel owner's henchmen uses what appears to be a Tower Sea Service Pistol. (S01E04)

Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the British Royal Navy.
Something of a sticky situation.

Queene Anne pistol

Dufresne appears to have upgraded to a Queen Anne style Flintlock in the season finale.

"Queen-Anne" Flintlock pistol.
An angry Dufrane stands with his Queen Anne.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The Long Land Pattern Musket (Brown Bess) is used as a stand in for earlier muskets throughout the show. As the first version of the Brown bess was introduced in 1722, these are anachronistic, although a casual observer would be unlikely to notice.

A Long Land Pattern Musket. This is a later model as the earliest were equipped with wooden Ramrods.

Two men of the Scarborough equipped with what appear to be Brown Bess Muskets (S01E01)


Mr Beauclerk (Shaun Acker) uses Land Pattern Muskets in an endeavour to execute a tricky shot. (S01E05)

Mr Beauclerk takes aim with a modified musket whilst surrounded by Long Land Pattern Muskets. Note the Crude Rearsight, a modification of value in this instance. (S01E05)

Another Possible Land Pattern musket is requisitioned by Mr. Scott (Hakeem Kae-Kazim).

A nasty surprise delivered by Mr Scott.

A Walrus crewmember gives us a good close up view of the left of a land pattern.(S01E08)

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Double Barrel Flint Shotgun

A Walrus crewmember is seen with some sort of Double Barrel Flint Shotgun. (S01E08)

Double Barreled Flintlock Shotgun .20 gauge
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