ENGRAVED Antique BELGIAN Proofed Folding Trigger 9mm PINFIRE Revolver
European Conceal & Carry Sidearm
Here we present an antique Liege proofed Belgian Pinfire Revolver, made in Belgium circa 1870. 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.
This little self-defense pistol would have been most at home in the pocket of anyone in the busy city of Liege during the tumultuous times of the mid-1800s. These type pistols are small, light and simple.
The overall condition is very good. Nice action. Strong bore. Nicely figured grips with expected wear. Light engravings on the frame and cylinder remain sharp.
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Barrel is 4-1/8 inches.
Caliber: 9mm Pinfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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