Welcome to FreeMyCollection.com! The whole premise of this site is to share my collection of antique guns and ammunition with the world. What fun is having a collection if others do not also get to enjoy it? Take a look around, read an article or two, view a few images and learn something new!November 18, 2013
Another great issue of the IAA Journal came out recently with my third installment of The Pinfire Page in it. This month I covered the Belgian cartridge manufacturer, V. Francotte, May et Cie. Read all about them on their manufacturer’s page.
1. Newcomer, Aaron. “The Pinfire Page.” International Ammunition Journal. 494 (2013): 41. Print.No Comments »
September 9, 2013
The documentation for the information provided in the journal article is included on this website in the respective section for each manufacturer.
1. Newcomer, Aaron. “The Pinfire Page.” International Ammunition Journal. 493 (2013): 33. Print.No Comments »
August 23, 2013
Check out the newly updated Pinfire Guns section where I have added 29 new pictures and reorganized the page to give a better view of the guns.No Comments »
July 6, 2013
Here is a very unique gun that just arrived at my doorstep yesterday! At first glance it seems like any common 15mm double barrel pinfire boxlock pistol but it is quite different.
First it is quite a bit larger and twice as heavy. (I was shocked how heavy it was when I first picked it up!) It was made by the luxury gun manufacturer, P. Boissy somewhere around the late 1850s to 1860s. He manufactured his guns in Saint-Étienne, France and even won an award at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris for his “pistolets de luxe.”
This pistol has a few unique features. First it was made to work with the included 15mm percussion adapters which could be used with readily available powder, caps and balls if one ran out of pinfire cartridges. To use these adapters the rear sight/safety/pin-holder would be removed by unscrewing one screw which allowed the larger auxiliary adapters to fit in the holes.
When using it with pinfire cartridges, the piece that was removed to allow use of the adapters would be placed back on the gun and screwed back in. This partially fills the larger hole to allow a pin from a pinfire cartridge to be held steadily in place.
Many of the higher quality pinfire boxlock pistols have sliding safeties which would protect the cartridges from untimely detonation but this one has a unique way of protecting the pins. It has spring loaded, hinged safeties that automatically spring open when cocking the hammer, allowing for quicker firing.
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June 22, 2013
The upcoming issue of the International Ammunition Association‘s Journal contains the first issue of my new The Pinfire Page. I will use this recurring column to showcase things related to the pinfire system. The following image is taken from this issue and is just a small example of the many things found in this publication. I also attached the index of this issue to show some of the other things that can be found. If you are not familiar with the International Ammunition Association you may wish to check out their website (which I happened to redevelop and maintain) at http://cartridgecollectors.org. You can even download an example whole issue on the website at this link.
Now back to my column.
Here are some links to more information on the specimens featured in this issue.
Let me know what you think in the comments section of this post. Always feel free to ask any questions too.No Comments »