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pin fire revolvers
revolver à broche, Stiftfeuer-Revolver, penfuur



the pin fire revolvers are similar the American made "Suicide / Saturday Night Specials" inexpensive and in big numbers produced in the 1870's. At the time there were beside a few bigger factories some 400 "kitchen table gun-makers" involved. To avoid paying royalties to Lefaucheux the  majority show no maker's name, only the mandatory proof stamps. Most are Belgian made and show the ELG proof. Many were  sold through the European mail-order companies. The calibers are European metric named calibers, and the only correct names are 5mm, 7mm, 9mm, 12mm and very rare 15mm.











 boxes showing 5, 7, 9, 12, 15mm


Civil War: Federal Purchases of pin fire revolvers: LEFAUCHEUX marked 12mm revolvers, 11,833 pieces probably in the serial # 25,000 - 37,000. Additional were bought in Europe from different dealers, no makers and numbers available, and most  today offered to be "Confederate used" are dubious. A lot of the inexpensive and not marked revolvers were actually made during the 1870's.
Please see Chris Curtis' book "Systeme Lefaucheux"
+ William Albaugh's book "Confederate Handguns"

Loron pin fire revolver

Degueldre  self ejecting pin fire revolver

Eyraud baby tip-down revolver

 Le Mat pinfire revolver 

 Dolne combination revolver / knuckle duster / swing-out dagger

CHAMELOT  DELVIGNE  left-handed revolver

Lefaucheux 9mm pin-fire revolver

Belgian cased engraved double action folding trigger

Chaineux 10-shot revolver

Fagnus revolver with 13" barrel and shoulder stock

Lefaucheux revolver cased

Lefaucheux model 1854 with extra barrel and stock in case

Lefaucheux revolver Lepage retailed in odd show case

Lefaucheux revolver in leatherette

Javelle 9mm pin-fire tip-down revolver

Lefaucheux combination revolver with short sword

Primavesi in Cardiff cased 12-shot revolver

Lefaucheux revolver in pipe-case

French engraved pin fire revolver, cased set

French pin fire revolver in pipe-case

Hill, London, chained 7-shot cylinder

Deleaxhe knuckle duster with folding dirk

  Abbate Eibar revolver with dirk

  Eyraud scarce pin fire revolver

  M. Javelle tip-down revolver

  Jarre with 3 harmonicas

Francotte 20 shot revolver

Arendt, Liège, cased

Frankenau purse pistol

Salles presentation revolver

sold, for information only

Ehrenpreis Solingen 1869

Doersch & v. Baumgarten, Suhl

30-shot pin fire

  Kirschbaum, Solingen

L. Haser in Bad Schwalbach

  Spangenberg & Sauer, Suhl

 Lüneschloss in Solingen

Dumonthier revolver with blade and scabbard

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