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W. Tibbals Revolving Firearms Patent
September 24, 2019

One of the most famous American ammunition manufacturers was William Tibbals. William Tibbals was the partner in the company, Crittenden & Tibbals, who supplied mostof the rimfire ammunition during the American Civil War. Part of what made Crittenden & Tibbals … Continue reading

New Lefaucheux Pinfire Forum
August 28, 2019

I have created a new community at for anyone to talk about pinfire guns, pinfire cartridges and anything related to the Lefaucheux family of gunmakers. Come join us and ask questions, share items from your collection or just learn … Continue reading

Killing Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder
March 23, 2019

This book features various images of mine as well as some original research of mine related to pinfire cartridges. I was also able to supply Dr. Arenberg with hundreds of original-period 7mm pinfire cartridges to perform modern forensic testing to … Continue reading

The Smallest Pinfire Cartridges
December 30, 2018

This article will take a look at some of the smallest pinfire cartridges. The 2mm pinfire cartridge showed up around 1880. This is when Société Française des Munitions began producing the variations shown in the first two pictures above. These … Continue reading

Underhammer Pinfire Pistol by Joseph-Célestin Dumonthier

This is a really early underhammer pinfire pistol made by the French gunsmith, Joseph-Célestin Dumonthier in 1849. It follows his 2 July 1849 French patent. The whole barrel unscrews from the frame and allows you to load a single 12mm … Continue reading

Pinfire Cartridge Variations from the White & Munhall Laboratory
December 24, 2018

When it comes to pinfire cartridges, everything is a variation. Though there are thousands and thousands of variations, in this article we will focus on the 80 that came from the White & Munhall reference collection. Henry P. White & … Continue reading

The First Cartridge; A History of Jean Samuel Pauly and His Inventions
November 23, 2018

As a pinfire (gun, cartridge, document, etc) collector I have always had an interest in telling the origin story of its invention. I recently had a post that showed some of the earliest pinfire guns and cartridges. But the story … Continue reading

Eley’s Earliest Shotshell Patent
November 3, 2018

Pinfire shotshells first show up in an Eley price list on 31 August 1860, It was in a trade journal called The Ironmonger & Metal Trades Advertiser. They listed 1000 12g shotshells for 50 shillings as well as 1000 16g … Continue reading

The Earliest Pinfire Cartridges and Pistols
October 12, 2018

This article will take a look at some of the earliest pinfire pistol cartridges. The best way to explain these will be to look at them with the guns they were designed for. The earliest examples were shotshells that were … Continue reading

Extremely High Grade 16g Pinfire Shotgun by Coirier à Clermont
September 29, 2018

The story of Coirier à Clermont is a interweaved tale of partnerships and encounters that begins in 1848. In 1848 a Frenchman named Francis Marquis founded a company that made carbines for cavalry. In French this is the term, harquebusier. … Continue reading

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