Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Jim

    No, and I’ve never been able to learn anything about them either. I was told that the Prussians had great success in battle thanks to their pinfire rifles, but I wasn’t given any idea as to what that meant.

  • Vaarok

    Prussians used Needle-fire, not pinfire. Completely different.

  • Crabula

    Theres a very important reason why they never caught on and you can hardly find any info about them.

    Pins bend.

  • Greetings from Texas,
    Thanks Steve for posting this. I had run it awhile back and got some good responses for anyone interested, but there is always room for more.
    For years I have passed over pinfires at gunshows thinking “neat, but I could never shot it.” I have changed my mind about that.

  • I answered a rather long post on Art’s blog if you all want to read it. also there is a lot of information and more added often on my website,

  • Steve,

    There are several pinfire sporting rifle and shotgun shooters on the Nitroexpress Forums. The gentleman who wants information could also try the British Internet Gun Club Forum but they are a pay to join forum and are not inexpensive. However, they are officially supported by the Birmingham Proof Housee, so that is a big plus as far as getting historical records etc is concerned.

    Hope this helps!

  • j

    i know that pinfire shotguns were in use long after pinfire rifles died out

  • Greg Shepard

    i have bought a pinfire double barell one side is 16 guage the other side is some kind of rifle i would love to know more about this gun but it only has one mark on it that is a circle with a v in it.its a very nice looking gun alot of engraving on it