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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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4 Gauge Pinfire Shotshell Box
February 1, 2014



This is one of the largest pinfire shotshells. There is also one, a 32mm shotshell, that is a little larger. These were used in large pinfire punt guns.


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Eley 20g Pinfire Shotshell Box
January 29, 2014



This is a box I picked up recently 20 gauge pinfire shotshells manufactured by Eley Bros Ld. They date to the early 1900’s.


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11mm and 8mm Pidault & Cordier (Raphael) Cartridges
January 24, 2014


What is commonly known as the Raphael cartridge was initially patented by a Frenchman named Charles Carroll Tevis in 1856. He was associated with a man named Pidault Martial and together they improved the patent and released the first Pidault centerfire revolver in 1858. Then on May 28, 1860 Pidault, in conjunction with Charles Cordier, patented this variation which has become known as the Pidault Cordier Revolver. A very similar revolver which does not have any markings on it by Pidault & Cordier was used in the American Civil War. It uses this same cartridge and is thought to be based on the same patent. On September 21, 1861 106 of these 11mm revolvers were purchased by the Union from George Raphael, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, for $26.33 each; making them one of the most expensive revolvers of the war. Some were stamped “Raphael / Paris” on the barrel. It is unknown if Pidault & Cordier or someone else manufactured these Raphael-marked revolvers.


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Gévelot’s First Pinfire Pistol Cartridge
January 20, 2014


Jules-Félix Gévelot was a close friend with Casimir Lefaucheux. He was given the original rights to make the earliest pinfire shotshells starting in the 1830’s. However in 1845, Jules Joseph Chaudun received a patent to make his pinfire pistol cartridges as shown on his manufacturer page. Because of this patent no one else could make pinfire pistol cartridges until the 1850’s. There were still some of Gévelot’s shotshells that were cut down to be used in pistols, but no specific pistol cartridges. After Chaudun’s patent expired, this cartridge shown is thought to be Gévelot’s first pinfire pistol cartridge.

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The Pinfire Page, Issue 4 – Russian Pinfires
January 19, 2014

The Pinfire Page, Issue 4

This issue of my Pinfire Page[1] in the IAA Journal was slightly different from normal. Its focus was on some pinfire headstamps rather than the whole cartridge. These cartridges were made by Russian companies and excavated from the ground in the Ukraine and in Russia. They are very uncommon in the United States or even in Russia. I was in contact with some people in these area that excavate various locations searching for military relics. A couple people even gave me some examples for free. They were just happy to spread their finds across the globe to someone who was truly interested.

The manufacturers mentioned in this article are: Е. Е. ТорбекаРусская Патронная ФабрикаSellier & Bellot and Я. Зимин.

Another neat headstamp that came from this region, but most likely did not originate from there is the following. It says System Lefauch. I assume they just ran out of room for the “eux” at the end!


1.   Newcomer, Aaron. “The Pinfire Page.” International Ammunition Journal. 495 (2014): 23. Print.

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The Pinfire Page, Issue 3
November 18, 2013

The Pinfire Page, Issue 3

Another great issue of the IAA Journal came out recently with my third installment of The Pinfire Page[1] 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.

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The Pinfire Page, Issue 2
September 9, 2013

The Pinfire Page, Issue 2

In this month’s column of The Pinfire Page[1] I talked about Chaudun, Chaudun & Derivière and Jullien et Gauthey Fréres. You can order the back issue on the IAA website.

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.

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Updated the Pinfire Guns Section
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.

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