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Steve Phillips

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Selma iron friction primer
« on: September 24, 2019, 12:14:37 PM »
Iím bored around the farm so Iíll post some interesting items from Selma. About 30 or 40 years ago I found a small batch of iron friction primers in the river. I think I am the only one to find any of these. At least Iíve never seen any others that I didnít find. I have traded a few over the years. When found they were encrusted with rocks and rust. I cleaned them using reverse electrolysis. The only part that is not iron is the flat copper striker. One photo shows magnet picking up primer.

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2019, 06:56:46 AM »
Steve,

Glad you are home again. 

Thank you for sharing this.  Not many people even know that these exist!

Bill

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2019, 07:22:06 PM »
Steve,      I have a tin CS primer dug in Poisson Springs, Arkansas, but it is a different pattern.  Yours looks modeled after the British ' Armstrong" style, with the pull ring.  Mine is in style is a dead ringer for the ancient quill style with the cup on top that held the mealed powder. I have seen a few in this style made of brass, but not tin.
           I find friction primers very interesting, there are so many variations and 'types', I have a whole large riker case of them, but not one like yours....   wanna trade something ??
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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2019, 07:31:17 PM »
Steve,      I have a tin friction primer dug in Poisson Springs, Arkansas. It is a different pattern than yours.   The one you pictured resembles the copper British "Armstrong" style, that there are 2 different patterns I have seen. 'Flat' loop like yours, and the common 'vertical' loop. { which was patented in 1858, and in production until much later than the CW }  Mine resemble the ancient quill type primer with the cup on the top that held the mealed powder. I have seen a few of these in brass, but not in tin before I got the one I have.
    I find friction primers very interesting in all the styles and variations. I keep a whole riker case of them. But I don't have one like yours....   wanna trade something ??

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 07:03:19 AM »
I have a good many primers from Selma of different styles. You should come visit some day and see my collection. I always like visitors. 205-672-9310

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019, 02:56:08 PM »
Mr. Phillips, You will have an army of people calling you now. LOl.  ;D
It's not always "Survival of the fitest" sometimes the idiots get through.

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2019, 03:54:19 PM »
Steve is a most gracious host and believe me when I say that his collection is breathtaking.

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2019, 04:40:51 PM »
Agree with Redbob.  Steve is a great host.  I've seen it a few times and though it has been a number of years since I was there I still feel my blood pressure rise now when I think of the breath and depth of what he showed me.  If you like artillery you can't help but be amazed.  Lots of other stuff too.
Best,
Carl

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2019, 07:00:33 PM »
Never met him but I have watched his videos, I agree he seems like a real nice guy with a lot of knowledge.
It's not always "Survival of the fitest" sometimes the idiots get through.

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2019, 04:16:22 AM »
I would just like to hold his coal bomb in my hands.
Later,
Dave Slemmer

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Re: Selma iron friction primer
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2019, 10:31:56 AM »
Nice, never seen such a thing.  Thank you.