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Rissack Jean-Jacques

Here is an interesting gun by Jean-Jacques Rissack: It has most likely been modified to be able to fire cartridges as described below.

There is only one marking: JJ Rissack Patent, and a punch, ELG on star in an oval, the classic acceptance punch used until 1893. The barrel is unscrewed to introduce the ball/cartridge. The screw under the barrel is a safety: it must be unscrewed a little so that the hammer can operate the needle, which has become a perforator.

The littlegun site has already extensively evoked Jean-Jacques Rissack.

At the end of this note is a plate taken from patent AC5407 of November 25, 1850, in fact an improvement of patent AC5327 of September 25 of the same year. Which patent brought together the bullet, the powder in the hull of the bullet and the primer (i. e. the ancestor of some current cartridges without casing). It was therefore necessary to unscrew the gun each time with an “ad hoc” tool and introduce the together bullet/powder/priming. The hammer was pushing a needle that touched the primer, which acted on the powder and made the ball go away. Needless to say, given the small amount of powder, the range and power were very limited.

We can see here that the needle has been shortened/slimed to make it a “classic” perforator that strikes the back of a socket. It may therefore be assumed that this is a weapon which has been used “for some time” in its original state, kept for a few years in one drawer or another and then brought out to be adapted to the evolution of the firing process, namely the use of cartridges with casing. According to the principles that were once well known: "you don’t throw anything away, you take everything back, it can still be used...."

As for the ammunition used by that gun.....there were several in the calibres around the 7 mm measured by the happy owner.

GP with the help of HPH, Dirk Ziesing and Richard Cootmans.

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