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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!

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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

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 and Я. Зимин   I also … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading



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