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Vintage 'Compact' Cartridge Magazine

The British Shooting Show has a habit of delivering interesting items for the discerning eye.  This year we were lucky enough to come across this very nice leather compact 12 bore cartridge magazine that appears to be of French manufacture.

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Such aged items are always a pleasure to find as they remind us of a period of great ingenuity and quality when even the most simple items were made to the very best standard.  The attention to detail is outstanding from the lovely brass latches to the quality of stitching found throughout the item.  Someone clearly cared about making this item.

With a capacity capable of holding 28 cartridges, split 14 either end, this magazine was clearly never intended for big days, but rather the 'walk up' shooter, perhaps woodcock hunter who might only fire a handful of cartridges in a day.

Hopefully next years show will throw up another little gem!

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  • Vance Daigle on February 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Good Day trigger,

    What a great find!!!!! this is the first I have seen of such a pouch. How long until you guys are offering this pouch on your blog? It would be another great item coming out of one of the Worlds great Leather shops. Thanks for showing, be well and God Speed.

    In Christ

  • Peter Buckley. on February 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Dear Trigger

    Great little cartridge magazine.
    It is indeed French, the two embossed cartouche's read as Brevete SGDG, translated I think, 'patented SGDG'.
    The last one I saw was for 16 bore it held 20 cartridges, great as you say for 'walked up' shooting.
    Yet another great addition to the Westley collection!

    Who could 'Top Trump' you now!

    Kind Regards. Peter.

  • Neill on February 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    What a gem of a find! I also like the brass cartridges, are you able to elaborate on those please Trigger?

    • Trigger on February 23, 2017 at 2:05 am

      Dear Neill

      We have had the metallic shotgun cartridges here since I can remember. They are of French origin and read on the headstamp 'Ste Fse Des Munitions, Paris'. Inside the card wad reads Hand Loaded 6. Perhaps the brass cases were an import then loaded here in the UK? Another of those interesting items with a history lost in time!

      Best regards


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