Percussion Caps

These brass caps are filled with a small amount of explosive. They fit on a metal nipple underneath a rifle's hammer or at the end of a revolver's cylinder. Soldiers carried a supply of caps in a separate small box on their belts.

Molten lead poured here

Explosive fulminate of mercury

Cup to create a hollow base in a bullet

Molten lead poured here

Explosive fulminate of mercury

Fulminated Mercury Caps

Nipple wrench

Stamped brass cap

Nipple wrench

Stamped brass cap

Worm screw, which attaches to a ramrod to remove stuck bullets from a barrel

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