12mm pinfire, Belgium made, 1893-1910

Maker: unknown

Caliber: 12mm pinfire / 12mm Lefaucheux

Date: Probably between 1893-1910

Status: Fully restored, in collection

This 12mm I bought as a new adventure in restoring. It costed just €50,- and was in pour condition. Nails were used were screws belonged, the trigger bow was mounted with hex screws and the cylinder axle was probably lost and replaced with a head bolt of a small engine. It, obvious, did not work anymore.

I did not had the intention to restore it as historic correctly but rather restore, repair and detail like I like to see it. Details are taken of pictures of correct guns so the finished gun looks like it could have been made.

As bought
Correction of original faults
Screws and bushings
Partly ready
Detail; frame setback

This 12mm I bought as a new adventure in restoring. It costed just €50,- and was in pour condition. Nails were used were screws belonged, the trigger bow was mounted with hex screws and the cylinder bolt was probably lost and replaced with a head bolt of a small engine.

On a lot of cheaper made pinfire revolvers often the barrel is not really parallel to the cylinder or as in this case, the barrel was rotated to much, the top flat of the barrel not 90° to the frame. The lower lug was made fit to the frame. When I rotated the barrel to 90° the lower lug was in offset to the frame. That I solved by narrowing the frame in front of the trigger, something I saw on others and I find it atractive,

The bigger cylinder bolt had thread bigger than the diameter and in the barrelpart bigger theard was cut. It was not centered and the cylinder could not be taken off. I closed the barrelside frame and made a new hole and tread and made a new cilinderbolt.
All other screws had to be made new. The material around the two main screws in the frame was not nice. head side I simply enlarged threat side I TIG welded (actally a colleaque did that) an small bushing in place a side in the frame  the ejection pin, grips and front sight. I also added a fancy knob for the ejection port.
 
I find "in the wite" one of the best looking finishes but earlier made the decicion to have in nickeled. Since I hard soldered on the frame "in the wite" was no longer an option. Looking back I rather had welded it all and left it in the wite.

The nickel plating was done by Haveman Edelmetaal. Before plating they probably etched the metal and since that is somewhat porous mainly the barrel did not came out as good looking as I hoped. Learning moment!