Harpax


#1

Hi all,

I have been collecting shotshells for about 25 years now and have a question about some european shotshells.
Perhaps anybody over here can help me with them.

It is about HARPAX.

I THINK!
They are made in Italy and mostly exported to France or other countries.
The people I have spoken from Italy have NEVER heard of them.

They sometimes have the unusual designation for the Gauge. like 510 610 or 710 ( maybe there are more know but I have never seen them )
They are also known with ‘normal’ 20 Ga designation.
Below I show some pictures of shells and boxes that I have found so far.


The grey are different, one of them is a tracer!




This box had the grey looking 20 Ga shells inside.


any information about HARPAX is very much welcome.

regards rené


Fiocchi 610 Magnum
#2
  1. All the Harpax ctges are made by Fiocchi

  2. 510, 610 and 710 designation can als0 be found on french ctges
    jp


#3

Hi JP.

Thanks.
Is my assumption about export to France right?

Can you perhaps show pictures of the French cases you mention?

Regards rené


#4

Is my assumption about export to France right?
[color=#0000FF]I found many in France. But I am not positive if I didn’t find some in Italy also[/color].

Can you perhaps show pictures of the French cases you mention?
[color=#0000FF]I am not at home right now. but I can give you the hstps
Made by MGM :
– Munitions – M.G.M – 510
– Munitions M.G.M – 610
– Munitions M.G.M – 710
JP [/color]


#5

René and JP, I don’t know who owned the Harpax brand of shotshells, but the only guns I have ever seen using these designations were Italian Breda semiautomatic shotguns, like the model 610 (20-76 Magnum) and 710 (12-76 Magnum). My earliest reference for the Harpax cartridges is dated 1951, and for the Breda shotguns is dated 1955, when these were offered by Humbert of Saint-Étienne.

Also, there are French loaded Harpax shotshells made from Winchester cases.

Later, in the 1980’s, the Harpax brand was registered by Uberti and used for shot revolvers in .22 LR and 9 mm Flobert.

Regards,

Fede


#6

HI Fede,

you are right about the Winchester shells used by Harpax.
i had forgotten about them.

One of the harpax shells in my collection has Breda printed on the case.
Now I know why.

many regards rené