Duelling pistols, were identical pistols on terms of accuracy, reliability and size, that were used in the typical duel; they were normally black powder, single-shot pistols. They were popular in Britain, and later in the United States of America, (during the mid-18th century). The loading of these pistols was taken slowly and carefully, reason being that an average duel was not about repeated fire as only one shot was usually needed after the 20 steps were taken in opposite directions from the back-to-back position. Dueling pistols were expensive, finely handcrafted weapons sold in cased pairs. A cased set of dueling pistols was something of a luxury, afforded only by upper class "gentlemen" to settle disputes of honor.