Antique LEFAUCHEUX Style Belgium 7.65mm Cal. PINFIRE Double Action Revolver
FOLDING TRIGGER Mid-19th European Self Defense Sidearm
Here we present an antique Lefaucheux Style Liege Proofed Double Action Pinfire Revolver, made in Belgium circa 1850. In 1835, a notable gun maker and inventor 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 fine. Bright blue and case colors preserved. Strong action. Both grips are firm and in very good shape! Nice bore with strong rifling. Liege proof on the cylinder. A very nice example of the Belgian pinfire in superior condition!
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Barrel is 3-3/8 inches.
Caliber: 7.65mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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