The Undischarged Pistol

Anders Wåhlberg and Anders David Kauffmann1775

The Royal Armoury, Sweden

The Royal Armoury, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden

The second pistol carried by Johan Jacob Anckarström at the masque-ball 16 March 1792 when he assassinated King Gustav III. Anckarström’s intention was to shoot himself with this weapon after he had killed the King. The King did not fall, however, and Anckarström lost his courage. When he discovered that he could not escape the building he hid the pistol by some stairs. The pistol was later dismantled and emptied of its charge in order to examine the content of the shot.


  • Title: The Undischarged Pistol
  • Creator: Anders Wåhlberg, Anders David Kauffmann
  • Date Created: 1775
  • Location Created: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Physical Dimensions: L 313 mm, Weight 420 g
  • Subject Keywords: Murder, Assassination, Suicide, Flintlock
  • Rights: CC BY
  • External Link: Livrustkammaren

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