FINE 9mm “LEFAUCHEUX” Revolver #3572
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Item 669769117
Location Terrebonne, OR 97760
3rd Day$40.00
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This is a quality Belgian pinfire revolver. Athough marked “Lefaucheux” it is not actually a Lefaucheux piece. In 1869 two things happened in the gun manufacturing business in Belgium: 1) Lefaucheux’s original 1854 patent expired, and 2) a lawsuit brought by Belgian gunmakers resulted in them no longer having to pay royalties to Lefaucheux in France for making pinfire guns with his designs. But there was no court decision stipulating that one could simply put the Lefauchuex brand on a gun without a proper license, but that sees to be just what happened here (see note below on Dacier Lambert under “Marks and Stamps”. The “LEFAUCHEUX” mark on the left side of the barrel assembly is all by itself; instead the proper mark, when these guns were manufactured under license, was E. LEFAUCHEUX, INvr BREVETE, usually stamped in two lines. Also missing from the side of the cylinder and elsewhere on the gun is the needed Lefaucheux mark of a crown over EL. So this looks like a clear knock-off in the best tradition of Rolex scams... the main difference being that it is a quality Belgian firearm that still operates like “clockwork”, and that $50 Rolex will not last you over 138 years like this neat gun.

THIS REVOLVER, STATS AND CONDITION: This revolver was chambered for the 9mm Pinfire cartridge (see paragraph on the Lefaucheux cartridges below) and holds six shots. The barrel measures 5-1/2 inches (140mm), and its overall length is 9-3/4 (248mm). For size comparison we have shown this revolver with a Smith & Wesson 1st Model DA Revolver in .44 Russian. NOTE: The S&W is not for sale with this auction. The action works very well both SA and DA ("clockwork"), and it locks up tight. The revolver has a good bore with sharp rifling and just a few minor pits. The original factory engraving is still sharp; all of the marks and lines are good. The surface shows an overall patina with a few very small areas of surface roughness but no pitting. The original ebony grips are in very good condition.

MARKS AND STAMPS: On the side of the cylinder: crown over DAF, crown over N (Inspector’s mark used between 1853 and 1877), pre-1894 Liege proof. On the right of the barrel: crown over N. On the left of the barrel: LEFAUCHEUX. On the frame under the left grip: F, 3, F. - NOTE: The manufacturer’s mark of a crown over DAF is not recognized by experts in Belgian manufacturers. Some surmised that it could be the mark of Dacier Lambert who actually bought the Liege Lefaucheux factory in 1873. Why someone who had just bought the Lefaucheux factory along with the rights to use the Lefaucheux brand would have to mark this gun wrongly is beyond us. Perhaps it was an early attempt to turn out a gun and Lambert got the details wrong. If it were a Lambert gun we could date it precisely to between 1873 and 1877 because of the inspection mark. In any case, those dates are about right for the style and mechanics of this revolver.

THE LEFAUCHEUX PINFIRE CARTRIDGES: Casimir Lefaucheux invented the first pinfire cartridges in 1828, but these were only patented in 1836. Lefaucheux’s cartridges were not the first made with a metal base and an internal percussion method; other cartridges, like the needlefire round, had already been in production for some years. But Lefaucheux’s pinfire round was a logical step up from using the percussion cap on pistols and long guns to then actually placing the cap into the base of a breech-loading shell, then inserting a small pin against the cap - upon which the hammer would fall for ignition. Lefaucheux’s first pinfire cartridges were not totally brass-cased; only the base was made of brass and the rest of the cartridge was a heavy paper tube. Several advances, including a totally brass case, spurred the acceptance of the later pinfire cartridges. Lefauchuex himself patented a breech-loading single-shot pistol in 1845 that was designed to use a brass shell, and a year later he came out with a pinfire pepperbox pistol.... In 1846 an improved pinfire cartridge was introduced by Houllier of Paris, it had a wad placed between the powder and the cartridge that contained the gases and made the shell much more effective. Until that point the Lefaucheux cartridges had been just another ammunition oddity for use in a few breech-loading guns. Soon several different manufacturers were turning out the brass-cased pinfire rounds (which makes the brass pinfire round the earlier of the inside primed cartridge compared to the .22 RF Short invented in the US in 1857). But the real take-off for the pinfire cartridge came in 1854 when Casimir’s son, Eugene Lefaucheux, designed a Colt-like revolver that chambered the metallic cartridges. This was the first “improved” or modern revolver designed for a brass-cased cartridge that would appear in Europe. Both French and Spanish armed forces adopted the Lefaucheux revolver as their official ordinance side arm. Next Sweden, Norway and Denmark also adopted the Lefaucheux revolver as standard, and other nations followed. Most of these used the 12mm pinfire round. As almost a footnote to the production of 1854 revolvers comes the story of the Lefaucheux revolvers ordered by the Union for use in the American Civil War (as well as the South purchasing a lesser amount but a wider variety of pinfire pieces because of restricted supply lines). While there were a whole variety of pinfire cartridges launched in the mid-19th century (including many different shotgun rounds), the main calibers invented and successfully commercialized for handgun use in that century were the 5mm, 7mm, 9mm, 12mm and the rare 15mm (the 5mm is also quite rare). The tiny 2mm pinfire round is a 20th century invention that has nothing to do with the historic Lefaucheux cartridges – it is much more of a curiosity than a useful commercial cartridge. There were also a few miniature pinfire pistols sold at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th that were again simply curiosities or even ornaments. Although some were made to actually shoot a tiny bullet, they were not related to the Lefaucheux brass cartridge designs from the middle of the 19th century, nor were they ever considered guns of sufficient power for actual use.

PAYMENT, SHIPPING, ETC: This is another antique gun offered by the RDY Antiques brothers out of Terrebonne, Oregon (where all the hunters shoot straight and all the deer are above average... and being above average they have petitioned all hunters to use only pinfire ammo). See "sagebrush Dave" on GunBroker for other great antique pieces:

This gun is an antique; no FFL is needed for transfer. We accept certified funds and will ship this pistol to U.S. locations for a flat fee of $40.00 which includes insurance for the actual cost of the item. SHIPPING FOR OUT OF COUNTRY bidders: 1. to EU countries we charge US$65, 2. to other European countries it is $70, 3. to Canada it is $50.00, 4. all other countries – write before bidding. This covers packing and handling, and a long ride through the bush to the Post Office. We only use USPS Priority for packages which gives a tracking number. That is the only way we ship, please do not ask for some other method. Bidders from other countries need to ask for shipping costs before bidding. If you bid on this item you are accepting this cost up front. Ask questions before you bid, thanks for looking.

NOTE ON RETURN POLICY: We give the three day inspection period, but we do not sell guns on GunBroker just so folks that take a look-see. We will not accept returns unless there is something patently wrong with our description or there is a major issue with the gun itself; we will not accept a return because you found a screw head messed up a bit and we forgot to mention it. When items are returned we often lose on the next sale because collectors ask “why” it was returned. Therefore you should make up your mind about the purchase before you bid. Only if there is a valid reason will we return the purchase price. We will not refund the original shipping amount, and you must ship the item back to us before we will refund the purchase amount.

FOR ALL OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS: you need to know your own laws and regulations concerning getting antique arms through your Customs. We do not put false information on our packages about what they contain nor about their value – that way the items are insured for the full amount you paid (if an item gets lost and is underinsured we all lose). If you are going to owe customs duty on an item, calculate that before you bid. If your item gets stuck in your Customs House or your Customs refuses to let you clear the item, then that is your problem, you will need to arrange to have the item returned to us. We will not refund your purchase price until we actually get the item back.

And, remember, don't shoot like my brother!

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