19th Century Antique BELGIAN Proofed 12mm PINFIRE Double Action Revolver
European Conceal & Carry Sidearm
Here we present an antique Liege Proofed Belgian Pinfire Revolver, made in Belgium circa the mid-19th Century. In 1835, notable gun maker and inventor Casimir Lefaucheux patented one of the first self-contained firearms cartridges. This very early design included a case with ball, powder and primer, but what made it different from what was to come later in cartridge development was the “firing pin” that projected out of the side of the case. It was this pin that was struck and detonated the primer inside. His son, Eugene, would build on Casimir’s invention, designing a pistol to take advantage of it. The hammer would be flat and smash down on the side of the cylinder, from which the pin of the cartridge would project. This revolver and pistol design would become prolific, especially in Europe throughout the 19th Century, being adopted by militaries, used by civilians and police, and even being sold for use during the American Civil War. Many makers made both licensed and unlicensed copies.
The overall condition is good. Original blue finish/patina. The action remains strong. The bore is nearly smooth, so worn is the rifling. The grips are solid.
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Barrel is 4-3/4 inches.
Caliber: 12mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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