Primer anvils??

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Has anyone here seen the different Primer Anvils, One anvil looks like a pyramid and the other looks like a bow tie? Why do they have two different types of Primer anvils? Is one specifically for rifle and one for handgun? Why are they different? I save and recondition my used primers, just in case . I would like to have an answer to my above question. Thanks.
 
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Has anyone here seen the different Primer Anvils, One anvil looks like a pyramid and the other looks like a bow tie. Why do they have two different types of Primer anvils? Is one specifically for rifle and one for handgun? Why are they different? I save and recondition my used primers, just in case I would like to have an answer to my above question. Thanks.
No, I haven't, but pictures and more detail like brand names would be helpful.

CCI, Winchester, and Remington pistol primers (the ones I have at least) all look essentially the same...and I don't see either a pyramid or bow tie but I may lack imagination. Looks like a three-bladed propeller actually.

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I've never paid much attention to the anvil. I do save them and have a plastic jar nearly full. I'll take a look at them after while. I only save them to sell as scrap, I just don't see ever trying to reload them.
 
There are civilian spec and military primers. The milspec ones use a diffrent anvil to prevent slam fires.... I'm not sure if the new line of AR labeled primers use the milspec anvil or not.

There's a lot more to this than simply "milspec ones use a different anvil".

There are different types of primers for different uses. The actual mil-spec (MIL-DTL-46610F) refers to several different drawings for primers and cartridges which must be referenced when trying to understand teh requirements of MIL-DTL-46610F.
 
There's a lot more to this than simply "milspec ones use a different anvil".

There are different types of primers for different uses. The actual mil-spec (MIL-DTL-46610F) refers to several different drawings for primers and cartridges which must be referenced when trying to understand teh requirements of MIL-DTL-46610F.
I would wager each and every company has a proprietary design, but I'm not sure the depth of the actual question.... the three leg is all I've ever seen so I can't even speculate what the "boties" are... one reusing them needs way more info than I have to use the right one in the application.
 
Oof, remaking primers isn’t something that I’ve considered in the past but man, with primer prices and availability, I may need to start researching it.
 
Oof, remaking primers isn’t something that I’ve considered in the past but man, with primer prices and availability, I may need to start researching it.
I think I would start collecting cans and bottles and bring them to the redemption center to pay for my primers before I would spend the effort on reloading them.
Even scrap metal collecting would be a more worthwhile endeavor.
 
Hey COB45ACP that is exactly what they look like except the middle points up, like a pyramid!!!

THUMPRRR: WHAT IF YOU COULDN'T BUY ANY PRIMERS?
 
Hey COB45ACP that is exactly what they look like except the middle points up, like a pyramid!!!

THUMPRRR: WHAT IF YOU COULDN'T BUY ANY PRIMERS?
If I can't buy any primers and I don't have stock it means that my preparations failed.
I try to be prepared.
There are 5K each of BR-2 and BR-4 on top of the Zero Brand bullets.
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There are civilian spec and military primers. The milspec ones use a diffrent anvil to prevent slam fires.... I'm not sure if the new line of AR labeled primers use the milspec anvil or not.
I thought a milspec (#34 & #41) were harder cups that prevented slamfires? What difference would the anvil make? Would be too late by the time the anvil mattered.
 
I thought a milspec (#34 & #41) were harder cups that prevented slamfires? What difference would the anvil make? Would be too late by the time the anvil mattered.
The angle and/or shape of the legs is slightly different to keep the pellet a little bit further away from the anvil, making them less sensitive to a light hit (such as a floating firing pin might make)
 
I have never seen anything but three legged anvils in any primers. My thinking is someone is making an anvil that uses less material or has less waste in the stamping process. Just another way to compete and cheapen up a product LOL.
 
These are two legged anvils and I just noticed that they are in Nickel plated primer cups only, there are none in brass cups.

Thump-rrr- Looks like you are prepared, but things could happen!!!??? Never know for sure
 
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I wish I could post a picture of the two different primers but as fate would have it, I don't own a cell phone or a digital camera.
Wish I was smart enough to operate either but I get really confused just reading the operating instructions. Maybe someday!!
 
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