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New Russian Cartridges
August 29, 2014

I was able to add some new Russian pinfire cartridges to my collection. These were excavated from the ground in Ukraine.

Information about these can be found on their Manufacturer’s Page

Русская Патронная Фабрика


Я. Зимин



I also acquired some unknown cartridges that were excavated around Ukraine. I have no idea who made these.

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New boxes for sale!
June 28, 2014

I have finally updated the cartridges for sale section. There are three great new boxes. I removed the old ones that have been sold, and reduced the price on a few.

Check it out!

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The Pinfire Page, Issue 6 – Auxiliary Pinfire Percussion Adapters
June 7, 2014

In this issue of my Pinfire Page[1] in the IAA Journal I took look at some variations of auxiliary pinfire percussion adapters and a few reloadable pinfire cases. These first 2 were made for specific guns that could be easily modified to accept either cartridges or the adapters. You will notice on the 15mm pistol that a special piece fits in the slots to allow it to accept cartridges. The 15mm adapters are thought to have been made by Lepage Frères. In the middle is a 12mm adapter, followed by a 9mm adapter.


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Here are 4 variations of 12mm adapters. These have a tapered “pin” to allow them to fit in an unmodified 12mm pinfire revolver. The screw on the bottom of the three, unscrews to allow cleaning by pushing something all the way through from the pin.


These next 4 are reloadable cases. They all are set up like the picture of the inside view. It allows one to easily stick any percussion cap inside and load with powder and a bullet. All of the examples on this page would be a great accessory to have when a supply of cartridges ran out.



1.   Newcomer, Aaron. “The Pinfire Page.” International Ammunition Journal. 497 (2014): 52. Print.

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Delvigne Breech Loading Underhammer Deringer in 9mm Pinfire
April 29, 2014

This Delvigne Breech Loading Underhammer Deringer was Manufactured by Falisse & Trapmann in Liège, Belgium. It follows Delvigne’s French patent, 12683, which was issued on 22 January 1852. The patent image shows a percussion version, and this is the only pinfire version that has been discovered so far that I know of.

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The Pinfire Page, Issue 5 – The Earliest Pinfire Shotshells
April 26, 2014



In this issue of my Pinfire Page[1] in the IAA Journal I took a look at some of the earliest pinfire shotshells ever made. Here is the info about them:


24 Gauge Pinfire Cartridge by Casimir Lefaucheux

24 Gauge Pinfire Cartridge by Gévelot


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1.   Newcomer, Aaron. “The Pinfire Page.” International Ammunition Journal. 496 (2014): 72. Print.

2.   Leveau, A.. “Some of the Earliest Pinfire Shotshells.” International Ammunition Journal. 496 (2014): 73-74. Print.

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