from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a firing pin to explode the cartridge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noting a cartridge for breech-loading guns, invented by Lefaucheux in 1836.
  • Noting a breech-loading gun in which a pin-fire cartridge is used.


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  • Their striped jumpers were stained with red clay and sweat, and the tall man had a pin-fire revolver stuck in the top of his trousers.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • The little, low-powered rimfire and pin-fire cartridges date from the decade before the American Civil War, but they were nowhere nearly as common as percussion-fired, muzzle-loading blackpowder guns.

    Time Scout

  • Zalu Zako with a duplicate of the pin-fire revolver.


  • Presently entered the recusant bearing signs of prosperity in the flowered print about his loins, the ancient cartridge pouch slung around his waist and a huge revolver of the pin-fire model dangling from a neck which appeared more tortoise-like than ever.


  • My gun was a breech-loading, pin-fire double-barrel, of French manufacture.

    I. Boyhood and Youth

  • Out of the balance of the money spent on the boat, we purchased a pin-fire, breech-loading gun, the pride of my life for many days.

    A Labrador Doctor The Autobiography of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • Do pin-fire cartridges go off of their own accord? '

    The Light That Failed

  • Being well fed and the adored of his mistress, Amomma had naturally swallowed two loaded pin-fire cartridges.

    The Light That Failed

  • And it was a matter of indifference to them whether the neglected Amomma with two pin-fire cartridges in his inside blew up or trotted beside them; for they had come into a golden heritage and were disposing of it with all the wisdom of all their years.

    The Light That Failed

  • The gun I had with me was a double-barrelled pin-fire Lefaucheux breech-loader, and just before I left the cutter, I put in a couple of cartridges, intending to have a shot at some cranes which I saw walking about on the beach.

    Yorke The Adventurer


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