Re: Civil War Pinfire "Chimney Adapter"
Aaron thanks for your post. I inherited a La Faucheux and have been trying to verify if it was among those 12500 that were purchased by the North from France early in the war, (just to keep the confederates from doing so). I remember hearing or reading somewhere that 500 of these pistols were captured by the confederates on the high seas and those saw service within their army. I also think Stonewall Jackson carried one, but I may be in error on that point. My pistol is serial numbered in the 2XX's and a gun dealer told me that it could have been in that order of 12500 because most guns were not serialized at the time. However, a special order to a foreign government may have been by French arms makers for control purposes. Any thoughts you may have on how to verify the pedigree of my pistol would be greatly appreciated. [one of the most interesting things i noticed when dismantling the pistol, was that someone penciled the same serial number on the inside of each grip.]
P.S. your info on the adapter insert is facinating and makes a tremendus amount of sense. Wouldn't have made a lot of sense carrying a weapon into battle that there wasn't plentiful ammo available for.