Reusable Primer

Section III

No. 5

A method of making a previously fired primer reusable.


  • Used cartridge case
  • 2 long nails having approximately the same diameter as the inside of the primer pocket
  • “Strike-anywhere” matches - 2 or 3 are needed for each primer
  • Vise
  • Hammer
  • Knife or other sharp edged instrument


1. File one nail to a needle point so that it is small enough to fit through hole in primer pocket.

2. Place cartridge case and nail between Jaws of vise. Force out fired primer with nail as shown:

39 2 Reusable Primer3. Remove anvil from primer cup.

39 3 Reusable Primer

4. File down point of second nail until tip is flat.

5. Remove indentations from face of primer cup with hammer and flattened nail.

39 4 Reusable Primer6. Cut off tips of the heads of “strike-anywhere” matches using knife. Carefully crush the match tips on dry surface with wooden match stick until the mixture is the consistency of sugar.

39 5 Reusable PrimerCAUTION: Do not crush more than 3 match tips at one time or the mixture may explode.

7. Pour mixture into primer cup. Compress mixture with wooden match stick until primer cup is fully packed.

39 6 Reusable Primer8. Place anvil in primer pocket with legs down.

39 7 Reusable Primer9. Place cup in pocket with mixture facing downward.

39 8 Reusable Primer10. Place cartridge case and primer cup between vise jaws, and press slowly until primer is seated into bottom of pocket. The primer is now ready to use.

39 9 Reusable Primer

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