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FRANKFORD ARSENAL 44 CALIBER INTERNALLY "MARTIN PRIMED" AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE COLT & REMINGTON CONVERSION REVOLVERS – DATED JUNE 1871 – AN EXCELLENT EARLY PACKET:  Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in June of 1871, this 12 round box of .44 caliber Internally Martin Primed ammunition was produced for the Colt Richards Conversion revolvers and the Remington Conversion revolvers in use by the army between 1871 and 1873.  As these converted pistols were in use for a relatively brief period, these early Indian War packets are fairly rare and are not regularly available on the collector’s market.    

Loaded using the “Martin” priming system, one of the first internally primed center fire cartridge systems which was quickly eclipsed by the adoption of the "Benet" priming system and then the introduction of the Model 1873 Colt Single Action, and the resulting .45 caliber pistol ammunition.  The brief period these Martin primed cartridges were in production contributed significantly to the rarity of these 1871 dated .44 caliber packets on today’s collector market.     

This packet is in excellent condition, still sealed and with the pull string still intact.  The label is complete and fully legible, the edges are sharp, all of the seams are intact, and the packet is very solid.   The packet is not fragile and is very tight.  The top edge of the front panel has some minimal misshaping, likely due to the weight of surrounding packets in storage, but overall the packet's form and the state of the wrapper presents in excellent condition.  

This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these early packets in this condition.  Whether you own a Colt or Remington conversion revolver at this time or not, this .44 Caliber Martin Primed pistol cartridge packet from the early Indian Wars period is a key Frankford Arsenal specimen to add to your collection, and certainly one that you’ll never regret owning.  Finding another in this condition will be a tall order if you pick up a Richards or Remington conversion in the future, so give this one some serious thought before you let it slip away.  (0501)  $995




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