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#611806 03/01/22 11:59 AM
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I just picked up a very fine pinfire hammer gun made by Hedeline of Paris. The book, loosely translated, What is What about French Arms, suggests they were in business from 1870-1872, then succeeded by Ferrier. Nothing else is said.

Can anyone help with more info on the maker ? I do see this gun can be seen here in a Hedeline search on this website, so you can view pictures if interested. https://www.doublegunshop.com/forum...ords=Hedeline&Search=true#Post591501

Thanks, Daryl Hallquist

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I'd bet it was built by E.M. Reilly or one of his 300 employees that nobody ever heard of!


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The one pictured on GI is spectacular! The date of manufacture given for it on GI seems late for a pinfire, but what do I know? Certainly a fine maker. Glad you got one, Daryl.


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Rich, the gun you are viewing is the one I have. A friend found a similar Hedeline in a French auction. It has the same address as this one [Hedeline a Paris 72 Frg St-Honore] But the one in the auction also has Falloise Patented.

Mine has barrels by Leopold Bernard and include his date mark of 1870. Yes, somewhat late in the game, especially for the French.

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Hello, fantastic gun, I hope it brings you a lot of pleasure. Regards.


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Mr W martin, thanks for your thoughts. It is a beautifully made gun in all respects. I am ready to start loading some pinfire shells for it, and maybe use the cartridge carrying case which is made for pinfires. The original pins shown for the cartridges are fun. They are contoured for some reason. Maybe the contour helps detonation. I have been using brass escutcheon pins and found the heads on those pins to be quite helpful while reloading.

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Looks great all over and lovely Damascus as well. Im sure you'll have fun organising pins etc. Regards


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Mr W martin, I have only a few upland birds taken with a pinfire, but I think of it as maybe being the most fulfilling. I’ll weigh this pinfire, but I would guess it is less than 6 pounds. Yes, the Damascus is beautifully, fully colored. wood to metal is just perfect. There is something special about taking a bird with an ancient gun.

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This morning I weighed the Hedeline. I thought it was light, but at 5# 3.5 oz., it is lighter than I had guessed. It is a 16 ga. and should be fun to take afield at that weight.

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