Temporarily Closed for Deployment
I am temporarily not taking orders until approximately the end of 2021. When I am not making black powder bullets and cartridges, I am a company commander in the US Army Reserve. We are deploying overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At this time, I expect to be back in late 2021, when I will resume making all the products I currently make, and probably even more!

Thank you for supporting my (very) small business, which is now going on 13 years! That’s hard to believe, and I am sincerely grateful. I appreciate your patience and look forward, God willing, to re-opening when I get home in the winter of 2021. It is the honor and privilege of a lifetime to lead American Soldiers in the defense of our laws and Constitution. Your prayers for the success of our mission, and above all the safety of my soldiers, are of course very much appreciated. 


I am making every effort to complete and ship all orders placed before 24 August before I leave! Thanks for your patience. Feel free to email me at the address below with any questions or concerns.


Brett

brett.gibbons@papercartridges.com


Lorenz .54-cal Compression Bullets and Cartridges. For the M1854 Lorenz. Just in time for you to shoot the new Pedersoli reproduction 1854 Lorenz with the historically correct bullet and paper cartridge. These bullets and cartridges also work wonderfully in the 1857 "Mauser" Vereinsgewehr, and the .539-cal bullet can be used without a paper patch in any 54-caliber rifle like the M1841 "Mississippi" rifle.  Click here for more details on our Lorenz bullets and cartridges.

Unavailable until I'm back from deployment, winter of 2021.

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

A few observations about making and shooting historically-accurate cartridges in the P1853 Enfield.

Updated February 2018


​​Authentic Paper Cartridges. Temporarily Closed for Deployment - Back in Winter 2021

.573-inch Williams Patent "Cleaner" Bullet and Cartridges. For .577 or .58 caliber rifle-muskets. In the middle of the American Civil War, Elijah Williams patented a bullet that was quickly adopted by the U.S. Ordnance Department. Designed for greater accuracy, soldiers noticed they kept bore of the rifle-musket clean, leading to the nickname "Williams Cleaner Bullet." Now you can try our reproduction of this iconic Civil War bullet, which we have found to be an extremely accurate shooter. Click here for more information.

Unavailable until I'm back from deployment, winter of 2021.

Please call or email if you have any questions. I enjoy talking to my customers! I do my best to respond to emails in 24 hours; please keep in mind this website is a labor of love, and not my full-time "real" job!


EVERY product sold here is made one at a time, by hand. I ship most orders in 72 hours but occasionally may take a little longer. I appreciate your patience and understanding. I'm just one guy with an old dachshund (and he doesn't help much). 


brett.gibbons@papercartridges.com 

(805) 218-2214

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

The history and development of the bullets and cartridges used in the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket. This 40-page downloadable PDF includes the patterns for every version of the remarkable Enfield cartridge, from the first bullet designed by Metford and perfected by Pritchett, to the final .550-inch version of the cartridge produced by Colonel Boxer's Royal Laboratory.

Ten Rules for Enfield Cartridges

Best practices for making your own Enfield cartridges for the P1853 rifle, and a few tips for troubleshooting if your Enfield cartridges don't seem to be working.


.550-inch Pritchett bullets, compression formed. 530 grains, for .577 or .58 caliber rifle-muskets. These are swaged (like the historical bullets) and not cast, forming perfect bullets that perform wonderfully in rifle-muskets like the P1853 Enfield and 1861 Springfield. These bullets are exactly like the originals in every specification. If you want to shoot your .577 Enfield rifle the way it was intended, then these are the bullets to use! Click here for more information.

Unavailable until I'm back from deployment, winter of 2021.

Enfield Cartridges for .577 or .58-caliber rifle-muskets. Now available with .568 and .550 bullets. Perfected for the British Army in the late 1850s, it was quickly adopted by the Confederate Army. Millions were imported and made in Confederate arsenals. Each cartridge has the historically correct swaged Pritchett-style bullet. Just add black powder and you're ready to go! Click here for more details about our Enfield cartridges.

Unavailable until I'm back from deployment, winter of 2021.