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Casimir Lefaucheux’s first pistol and the very first cartridge pistol!
March 14, 2018

I have finally added the last specimen needed to now have an example of all three pistol designs by Casimir Lefaucheux. On 16 Jun 1832 Casimir Lefaucheux filed for patent no 1832 in France for protection of his breechloading design … Continue reading

Bracelet made for carrying pinfire cartridges

Here is a neat little pinfire carrying bracelet I picked up recently. It is all leather with a brass clasp and securely holds 13 cartridges!

Norwegian M/64/98 Lefaucheux Pinfire Revolver with Military Cartridge Box
February 12, 2018

This is an example of one of the scarce pinfire boxes made by Société Française des Munitions for the Norwegian military as well as one of the Norwegian military Lefaucheux pinfire revolvers. In 1859 the Norwegian Navy ordered a handful … Continue reading

9mm Javelle Patent Pinfire Revolver Manufactured by Verney-Carron
May 6, 2017

This is a 9mm Javelle patent pinfire revolver manufactured by Verney-Carron of St. Etienne, France somewhere around the late 1850s to early 1860s. He designed this gun to allow easy removal of the cylinder. His intentions were that people could … Continue reading

The Very First Cartridge Revolver
August 10, 2016

This is the earliest version of the pinfire pepperbox revolver manufactured by Casimir Lefaucheux around 1845-1846. Lefaucheux “borrowed” the action from Guillaume Mariette of Liège, Belgium who made a percussion pepperbox a few years prior. Casimir’s patent modified it to … Continue reading

Lefaucheux 7mm Double Action Pinfire
August 16, 2015

This is a double-action-only 7mm pinfire revolver made by Eugene Lefaucheux in Paris, France. It follows his patent from 07 June 1858. On the barrel is inscribed: DUMOULIN ARQer À ROUEN Dumoulin was a gun maker (arquebusier; ARQer) and gun … Continue reading

.58 Schubarth
July 10, 2015

I have finally acquired a .58 Schubarth! It is one of the more desirable American cartridges and seems to trade for insane prices. There are only around a dozen known to exist. It was patented and made in 1861 by … Continue reading

Collath Horizontal Pinfire Shotshells

Wilhelm Collath invented a shotshell variation that had a small pin that rested in a percussion cap half an inch into the case. The wider centerfire hammer would hit the pin which knocked it into the cap to set it … Continue reading

Nazi Pinfire cartridges during WWII
July 8, 2015

In March of 1938, the “Anschluss” took control of the company, Hirtenberger Patronen Zunhutchen & Metallwarenfabrik A.-G. of Hirtenberg, Austria and incorporated it into the Wilhelm Gustloff Foundation, which was a group owned by the Nazi Party. On April 29, 1939 … Continue reading

Explosive Pinfire Cartridges
July 3, 2015

Here are some pinfire cartridges with explosive bullets. The two on the right are definitively made using Eugene Pertuiset’s patented formula by SFM. The rest are also thought to be. In the late 1860s a Frenchman names Eugene Pertuiset developed … Continue reading



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