FRANKFORD ARSENAL 44 CALIBER INTERNALLY BENET
PRIMED AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE COLT & REMINGTON
CONVERSION REVOLVERS – DATED JANUARY 1873 – AN EXCELLENT
EARLY PACKET: Manufactured at the Frankford
Arsenal in January of 1873, this 12 round box of .44
caliber Internally Benet 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 Benet priming system, the internally
primed cartridge which succeeded the earlier “Martin
Primed” cartridges, these particular packets were
quickly eclipsed by the introduction of the Model 1873
Colt Single Action, and the resulting .45 caliber pistol
ammunition. The brief period between the use of the
Martin primed cartridges and the introduction of the .45
caliber ammunition contributed significantly to the
rarity of these 1873 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, is very tight, retains the proper form and
shape, and the paper wrapper is 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 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.