36-cal combustible nitrated pistol cartridges: perfect for your 36-caliber cap-and-ball revolver! The cartridges come with a sturdy storage tin to protect the delicate paper from damage and moisture. Just fill the paper case with gunpowder, pop the bullet into the case (it fits snug without any glue required), and you're ready to shoot! Click here for more details

About Authentic Cartridges

A short introduction to period-correct ammunition methods of construction for Civil War era cartridges

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Combustible 36cal Pistol Cartridges
Enfield rifle cartridges

Live Fire Muzzleloader Shooting

Bullets and cartridges correctly made to historic specifications for Civil War-period long arms

Rifleman's Stadium: a reproduction of the brass stadiametric rangefinders used in the Victorian era to ascertain the estimated range of objects at distance. Graduated for infantry and cavalry, and made of thick, heavy gauge brass. This is no cheap, flimsy reproduction. It is a close replica of an original made by Holtzapffel & Co of London. They were popular with the Volunteers and American Civil War officers. Click here for more info and photos. $24 plus $3.45 shipping to the US.

The results of shooting our Enfield cartridges at the simulated 900-yard artillery battery target, from the November 2017 School of Musketry

Reenacting & Living History

Authentic cartridges accurately resembling period rounds, with bullets simulated by tissue paper

Shooting the P1853 Enfield

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

Updated February 2018

​Authentic Paper Cartridges         

Enfield Cartridges: accurate reproductions of the rifle cartridge, made to the 1859 British Army pattern for the .577 caliber P1853 Enfield family of rifle-muskets. This was the preferred cartridge for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War, and millions were imported and made in Confederate arsenals. Each cartridge has the historically correct swage-formed .550-inch Pritchett-style bullet and plug, like the originals. Just add black powder (65 grains 2F recommended) and you're ready to go! Click here for more details about our Enfield cartridges.

We make more than just paper cartridges! Visit our sister site at www.FTG1853.com for historically correct reproductions of various Victorian-era military and civilian items.

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.

P1853 Enfield Ammunition

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

Combustible 36 caliber Nitrated Paper Pistol Cartridges

Ten Years! 2008 - 2018

Makers of authentic, historically-accurate ammunition for black powder muzzleloaders from the Civil War era

Live-Fire Enfield Cartridges

Pritchett bullets (NEW! Swaged bullets!)

58 caliber Minie bullets & cartridges

69 caliber Buck and Ball cartridges (back in stock!)

Authentic Cartridges for Reenactors

The School of Musketry

Brass Rifle Stadia (NEW!)

36cal Combustible Pistol Cartridges (NEW!)

Books and Documents