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Title: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on February 03, 2007, 05:11:12 pm



I own two rifles.The first is a Marlin Safety made in 1895 in 44-40 (Great gun) The second is a Colt Lightning made in 1890 and it's in 44-40 too. 8)

The Marlin I use quite regularly at Cowboy matches.

I think that I'm very lucky to own these guns that are from an era with which our sport and history comes from. ;D.The rest of my guns are all from the 1990's.

Dakota  8)
   
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Tensleep on February 03, 2007, 05:16:47 pm
We have a Winchester 1892 in 25.20 that belonged to Miz Annie's dad and was made in 1903, has always been in the family.
It is a great shooter and we have both shot it in matches.

Our 97s were made in 1899 and 1905, both still shooting.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Querida Kate on February 03, 2007, 06:29:04 pm
Well, my 10th anniversary present was an original Winchester 1887 - made in 1888.

Does that count?   ;D

(Yes - I do shoot it occassionally - just not well!) 
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Wallaby Jack on February 04, 2007, 01:12:12 am
Yes Miss Kate, it do ........  :-*

I got a Colt Lightning early model, dated September 1885, serial # is just under 12,000 (44-40)  :)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Sir Charles deMouton-Black on February 04, 2007, 11:14:47 am
Swedish Husqvarna rolling block military rifle made in 1867. Yes I will be shooting it.  Have the cases & dies (.50-70, but close to 12.7 x 44R) have to slug the barrel before getting a mould.

I am already shooting my Snider MkIII of 1871 and Argentine rolling block of 1879.

My apologies Mate,  But I figured Canada was close enough to the Aunty-Podes, at least for this topic.

Fellow Cowboy of the Empire
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Phantom Falcon on February 04, 2007, 04:55:12 pm
Howdy Folks,
I love these old guns:

I have an 1860 Army 2nd Richards conversion and an 1861 Navy Richards-Mason conversion: both built late 1860s.
I have several Colt SAAs; dated from 1874 thru 1917.
I have several Winchester 1873, 1876, and 1886; dated 1884 thru 1906.

These are all shooters. Some are tack drivers; some are area weapons. I wish they could talk. I'd love to know where they've been and what they've done. I shoot classic cowboy, black powder, with most of them. Others I shoot classic cowboy or duelist with Trail Boss.

PF
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Stump Water on February 10, 2007, 04:49:59 pm
I have an '87 Shotgun with a serial number on the receiver that says it was made in 1892.  But the barrel says, "Model 01 10ga."  And it has a left & right extractor which the '87s didn't have.  I've been told that such 1887-1901 10 ga. hybrid wasn't all that uncommon because the steel in the '87's receiver was superior (thicker) to that in the '01s, while the '01's barrel was proofed for smokeless.  The '01 models were only made in 10 ga.

Camille's '97-D was made in 1905 and we have two '97-Es, one made in 1918 and one made in 1939.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Forty Rod on February 12, 2007, 10:22:21 am
I have a S&W Model 1-1/2 in .32 rf from 1868, and a Connecticut Arms "Hammond Bulldog" .44 rf from about the same time.

Had a pair of Irish gentleman's pocket pistols from around the time of our revolution: screw barrel center hammer flintlock with a fitted case, barrel wrench / screw driver, bullet mould, double ended powder measure, a flask, and four extra flints.  These were absolutely mint and unfired.  The hammers were made with a fore-and-aft hole pierced so you coud see the front bead sight (There was no rear sight, but that hole helped you line it up like a primitive 'ghost ring') when the guns were cocked.

I was in college and broke, broke, broke when a man offered me a lot more than they were worth...about $600.00 at the time.

Never saw nor heard of them again.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: minerotago on April 22, 2008, 11:03:43 pm
Have a Spencer Model 1865, Warners patend civil war carbine, a Winchester 73 made in 1891, several 92s, Colt Lightning .44-40 but dont know when it was made, an Enfield muzzle loader made by Adams between 1859 and 1865, Burgess 12g made about 1895, Whitney Kennedy made in the mid 1880s, Coopers revolver made about 1865, Colt Navy made 1866, two Adams revolvers based on 1851 frame one a biig Dragoon and a 4th Model tranter dragoon. Have a fair few guns all around the same era.
Use the Whitney Kennedy on my farm which aint a farm for shooting in the house paddock - the nearest neighbours miles away so no one cares.
Also got a Brand whale harpoon gun for slinging hunks of scrap iron, nails, ball bearings, and anything else that fits down the barrel at various targets; tin cans, rocks and defunct cars.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on April 23, 2008, 08:27:39 am
Probably a draw between my Martini cadet and my French 8mm Lebel 1907/15 St Ettienne Berthier (5 shotconversion) w/Rosalie Bayonet. I have a 44/40 1892 on the way, I bought it sight unseen, it is pretty old, we'll see shortly when it arrives. Mick.

PS, almost forgot, I have a 12Ga London Damascened Black Powder SxS hammer gun, don't know how old that one is, hardle any markings on it apart from the word 'London.'

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Shotguns/5410eef9-1.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Shotguns/73c62e57-1.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Shotguns/5ad82583.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Military%20shooting/BSAMartiniCadet7.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Military%20shooting/BerthierM16Rifle.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Military%20shooting/BerthierM16Rifle2.jpg)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Camille Eonich on April 23, 2008, 05:28:28 pm
Hmmm... I dunno.  It's got to be one of my '97s though.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dai.S.Loe on April 23, 2008, 05:34:41 pm
1861 Ballard carbine in .56 rimfire.

From the serial number and patrs number it seems to be pre Williams and Ball.

One of the first 600 made.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on April 23, 2008, 06:56:13 pm


Hey Mike, nice lookin guns. Owning something that has history,just a great feeling. :)

Dakota  8)

Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Abilene on July 02, 2008, 04:48:10 pm
Mine is a Colt .45 from 1901.  Shoots great, have put a couple thousand rounds through it.  :)

(http://www.davidscottharper.com/shoot/ColtSAA1901.JPG)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: kid sheleen on July 02, 2008, 05:05:05 pm
My oldest gun is a wallhanger I picked up at a yard sale for 75 bucks.  It was made in spain somewhere between 1650 and 1750.  It has whats called a miquelet lock which is the forerunner of the flintlock.  It is heavily inlaid with brass and silver, about .73 caliber smoothbore.  Even the lock has silver attached to the side with an engraving of a spanish galleon.  It'll still throws a spark 10 feet.

Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Deadeye Don on July 02, 2008, 06:41:19 pm
Mine is a Colt .45 from 1901.  Shoots great, have put a couple thousand rounds through it.  :)

(http://www.davidscottharper.com/shoot/ColtSAA1901.JPG)


Very nice gun.  I think that if and when I get a SAA colt I will also opt for the 7.5 inch barrel.  There is just something "right" about that length.   The wood grips really add to the historical feel.  You are a lucky pard Abilene.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Abilene on July 02, 2008, 11:39:40 pm
Deadeye, you are right, I are a lucky guy, count my blessings every day!   :) I picked up the Colt from the late Bob Taylor in around '01for $1300.  Of course, since I put it on a credit card that has never gotten paid off, it has probably cost me a fair amount more, hehe.  It had been refinished a couple times and the cylinder is not original.  So it is a shooter, and no matter hoiw much I shoot it, the value will never drop.  I shoot it with an antique finish Model P, they make a good pair:
(http://davidscottharper.com/shoot/OldVersusNew.JPG)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on July 03, 2008, 01:32:33 am
Deadeye, you are right, I are a lucky guy, count my blessings every day!   :) I picked up the Colt from the late Bob Taylor in around '01for $1300.  Of course, since I put it on a credit card that has never gotten paid off, it has probably cost me a fair amount more, hehe.  It had been refinished a couple times and the cylinder is not original.  So it is a shooter, and no matter hoiw much I shoot it, the value will never drop.  I shoot it with an antique finish Model P, they make a good pair:
(http://davidscottharper.com/shoot/OldVersusNew.JPG)



Abilene, a real nice pair of Colts.

Dakota  8)

Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Texas Lawdog on July 03, 2008, 04:24:23 am
I have an original 1851 Navy Colt in 36 cal. All the serial#s match on the parts.  I have most of the original holster, except for the flap which was cut off by may GG uncle. He was a Capt, in the Army when the Civil War started. He was from Missouri, so he had kinfolks on both sides. He would not wear his uniform at home when he was on furlough. He stayed in the Army after the War and served in the Powder River Campaigns.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Roosterman on July 03, 2008, 07:32:07 am
This ain't exactly cowboy, but I do shoot it. It kill pheasants and skeets DEAD! It's circa 1815 made in england by Bilby Hyde & Co. 18ga. Fits and shoots just like a modern shotgun. I've had guns as old as 1770, but they are long gone.
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/ (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Major 2 on July 03, 2008, 09:10:43 am
The oldest I have now...
1860 Army isssued to the 5th Iowa Cavalry in 1862 and so lettered ( all matching numbers )
good CH and about 80% blue , grip has a nice though warn Cartouche
I bought almost 30 years ago.

I sold a 1844 Asa Waters pislol , a 36 Halls converted rifle to carbine , 1860 Spencer , 2- 1863 Sharps carbines  & a 64 Burnside  :-\ :'(
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on July 03, 2008, 05:44:48 pm
This ain't exactly cowboy, but I do shoot it. It kill pheasants and skeets DEAD! It's circa 1815 made in england by Bilby Hyde & Co. 18ga. Fits and shoots just like a modern shotgun. I've had guns as old as 1770, but they are long gone.
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/ (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/)

That is a nice looking Flintlock shoot gun you have, they are a lot of fun to shoot I used a Brown Bess as a shot gun.

Dakota  8)


Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Herbert on September 21, 2008, 08:15:15 pm
oldest guns that i shoot are a berncide 1865 spencer with s&s centerfire conversion third model double triger tranter 54 boar two difrent martie henrys a alexander henry all 577 450s acouple off lee long toms a 95 winchester 30 40 early 94 marlin 32 20 and harf adzen winchester 92s in 44 40   32 20   25 20 working geting my new model evans to go but am having trouble finding sutable bullet mould ;D
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on September 22, 2008, 10:32:43 pm
oldest guns that i shoot are a berncide 1865 spencer with s&s centerfire conversion third model double triger tranter 54 boar two difrent martie henrys a alexander henry all 577 450s acouple off lee long toms a 95 winchester 30 40 early 94 marlin 32 20 and harf adzen winchester 92s in 44 40   32 20   25 20 working geting my new model evans to go but am having trouble finding sutable bullet mould ;D


Nice lot of guns you have there. I have just added to mine with two 92's in 32-20 one made in 1897 and the other 1925,both good  shooters. :D

Dakota  8)

Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: shrapnel on September 23, 2008, 12:00:40 am
Here is a picture of most of my original rifles. The following pictures are of 
their use in the field. I shoot them all. The oldest is probably the "Cooper"
Sharps made in 1877 for the last of the northern plains buffalo hunts of the
late 1870's to early 1880's.

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/100_0884-1.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/73saddleringcarbine1stkill.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/114_1446.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/antelope4modifiedfore-mail.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/109_0911.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/100_0372.jpg)
This deer was shot with a W.F. Sheard marked gun from Livingston, Montana in the 1880's

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Sheardmarking.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/100_0353.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/100_0568.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Humertside.jpg)

These are close ups of the engraving on this Birmingham sidelever "Hume" hammergun

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Humerthammer2.jpg)

(http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Humelogoright.jpg)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on October 23, 2008, 10:54:57 pm



Shrapnel.

What a great collection of guns.


Dakota  8)

 
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Trinity on November 18, 2008, 06:31:28 pm
Some nice arms in here.

This ain't exactly cowboy, but I do shoot it. It kill pheasants and skeets DEAD! It's circa 1815 made in england by Bilby Hyde & Co. 18ga. Fits and shoots just like a modern shotgun. I've had guns as old as 1770, but they are long gone.
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/ (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0703/Gunmaker/Bilby%20double%20flint%20gun/)

That's a great double flinter!  I saw my first one this past August and now want one really bad. :D
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Short Knife Johnson on May 11, 2010, 07:21:02 pm
I'd have to say my oldest are my Merwin Hulbert 7-shot .32 MH with a low 400's serial number made probably Feb of 1883.  Or the Whitney Kennedy  just got today with a high 2700's serial number.  The Kennedy is a well done refurb job that I got for pretty fair price, and I'm hoping it'll be a good shooter.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on May 15, 2010, 03:28:04 am
I forgot abot this thread, I have recently picked up a 1873 that was made in 1880. It belonged to  local farming family and has been in use until about 10 years ago. I feel that cowboy shooting will be too hard on it, but I will hunt with it (after I give it a real close check!).
Title: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dakota Dan from OZ on May 21, 2010, 06:53:47 pm


Picked a three 92s in 32-20,38-40 and 44-40. Been doing a bit of target shooting with the 38-40 put marble tang sight on it and it shoots a real good group at 50yds. all built around the early 1900s.

Dakota  8)

 
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on May 26, 2010, 01:41:48 am
I've got 92s in 25/50, 32/20 and a 44/40. I've given the 32/20 a run and it goes ok, but the corners of the sight are rounded off and it makes a difficult job harder. I must get the lead out (no pun intended) and try the others as well.

The 25/20 was made in 1908, the 32/20 in 1927 and he 44/40 is a 1910 built rifle.

I also have a Winchester Model 70 which shoots like a dream and was built in 1949 when I was 1 year old! and a pre 64 Model 94 in 30/30 which is the pup of the squad and was built in 1960.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Dai.S.Loe on May 30, 2010, 04:18:20 pm
Just picked up an 1854 Whitworth rifle in .451 All original and New Zealand martial marked.

Also picked up a Marlin 1893 in 32-40. Blackpowder barrel and made in 1906. Immaculate bore, exterior gone to grey.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on June 01, 2010, 01:53:32 am
both good finds
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on June 28, 2010, 10:16:03 pm
I picked up an 1873 Winchester in 44WCF a few weeks ago. It was made in 1881. In very original condition, cycles like a new one, sliding top cover is a bit wonky, but awesome everywhere else. It belonged to a local pionerring farming family and has been in continual use until 10 or so years ago. My street is named after them. How good is that?

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Leverguns/1873%20Winchester%20Saddle%20Ring%20Carbine/20100404SuttorEstate1873SaddleRi-6.jpg)

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k228/4fingermick/Leverguns/1873%20Winchester%20Saddle%20Ring%20Carbine/20100404SuttorEstate1873SaddleRi-13.jpg)

It has a very worn silver coating on the action, I think it is Silvafros which was a silver paint and very popular for protecting metal when I was a lad.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: saltbush from oz on June 29, 2010, 04:35:35 am
 :o
now thats nice
just got a navy arms 73 in 44/40 not that old but
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on July 14, 2010, 07:28:38 am
You now have the primo rifle and cartridge for black powder!
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Angel_Eyes on July 19, 2010, 01:42:13 pm
Stole a 1912 Winchester '92 in 44-40 from a club member who was selling up.

Not a great deal of finish left on it, I think he cleaned it down with emery cloth, but it still shoots reeeeely accurately!!

AE ;)
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Sir Charles deMouton-Black on July 19, 2010, 01:51:59 pm
From 4 Feb 07
"Swedish Husqvarna rolling block military rifle made in 1867. Yes I will be shooting it.  Have the cases & dies (.50-70, but close to 12.7 x 44R) have to slug the barrel before getting a mould."

I have since discovered that my old m67 roller was a conversion of an 1860 Swedish WREDES muzzle loader.  So I can backdate my experience with this old girl by up to 7 years.

I think that this thread is one of the most interesting on cascity.  Preserving our heritage by actual experience cannot be beat.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: minerotago on August 21, 2010, 06:37:42 am
Recently picked up  New Model 1863 Sharps in 50/70 - the barrel almost looks unfired but I hope to shoot pigs on my high country property with it
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: kurt250 on August 22, 2010, 06:46:55 pm
have a 1870 springfield alin conversion in 50/70 gov. bought for 550.00  several years ago. have shot it hundreds of times with black powder only.also have a royal irish constablary pistol in 450 colt. not sure how old that is. shoots fine. kurt250
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: minerotago on April 20, 2011, 04:57:12 am
Have a fair few oldies - Coopers DA .31, A 51 Navy, Whitney Kennedy, Winchester 73, Two 1851 Adams, Beaumont Adams, Tranter, Transition revolvers, the Sharps mentioned above, Spencer and A Warners patent carbine by Green plus others all about the same era give or minus fifteen years.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: maarty on April 24, 2011, 07:20:59 pm
Current oldest are three .22 rifles, one which belonged to my partners father who got it off the original owner (a man in his late 80's back in the 70's) which is a 1907-1910 winchester 06 repeater and two Lithgow single shots which I have picked up, one for $45 cause the guy who had it didn't realise you have to pull back the striker to make it fire and thought it was broken, the other cost me $70. I bought them for the kids to learn to shoot with because they're the same as the rifle I learnt with.

In the past I have owned another Lithgow from 1904, a single barrel shotgun from 1901 and an old Boer war trophy Mauser in 7x57 complete with SAT markings and numbers. The bolt didn't match on that one, it had belonged to Dads stepfather who somehow lost the original bolt. One of dads uncles saw a rack of them in a museum locally so he stole the bolt out of one to replace the lost bolt.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: WaddWatsonEllis on April 24, 2011, 07:53:35 pm
A bit off the subject, but a friend gave me a copy of Eric Clapton doing very early Robert Jonhson ... and there is one song that extolls the virutes of a 32-20 ... he doesn't say whether it was a pistol or a rifle, but I believe he refers to it as a 'burnin' hell' ...
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: rosinghania on July 31, 2011, 03:24:19 am
It would be my Savage Sporter. I use it often and the last time was shooting at 250 yards.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: pony express on August 08, 2011, 10:42:50 pm
My oldest would be a Harpers Ferry US 1842 .69 cal musket, lock dated 1848.Got it from my grandfather, he "cleaned" it all up and was going to "re-blue" it(someday). Since most of the small parts had been sanded bright, I browned them, , barrel wasn't too bad, so I left that alone. Never shot that one, though. Oldest shooter is my Trapdoor Springfield, one of the later ones, along with a US. 1896 Krag, Gew 88, A couple of '94 winchesters,30-30 and 38-55, and a Colt SAA 32-20 and a Bisley in .45(parts gun, barrell and maybe cyl are not origional.(those four made between 1900 and 1910).Also have the "family"Winchester 1890 .22 that my dad and uncles all learned to shoot with, plus a bunch of assorted milsurps from 1900-1950's
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Marshal Deadwood on October 13, 2011, 06:15:12 pm
Oldest is my 1869 manufactured , 50-70 Springfield trapdoor. Shoots great.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on November 15, 2011, 06:21:16 am
Oldest is my 1869 manufactured , 50-70 Springfield trapdoor. Shoots great.

Thats the rifle the Texas Rangers used isn't it?
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: minerotago on January 14, 2014, 05:59:42 pm
Just picked up a nice Colt 1849 made in 1863
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: minerotago on January 14, 2014, 06:47:54 pm
It is all good - All oldies - the 1892 is the youngest - the others speak for themselves.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Fingers McGee on January 14, 2014, 06:55:56 pm
Oldest onesI own now days are"

1882 Remington 12 ga
1889 Remington 10 ga
1884 Springfield
1888 German Commission Rifle

Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Short Knife Johnson on January 14, 2014, 08:28:01 pm
I had also forgotten about this thread.  Since my Merwin Hulbert, it's been trumped by a Whitney Phoenix, then an Isaac Hollis Sporting rifle in .577 with a lock date of 1865.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Grenadier on January 15, 2014, 07:34:32 am
Prussian infantry musket dated 1847.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Angel_Eyes on February 04, 2014, 02:57:54 am
Slightly younger but possibly some of the oldest of their type, two ROA's ser. no's. 2868 and 5118,,,,first batch????

Both Stainless and no prequel number, just the 4 figures.

Can anyone advise differently?
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: JohnsonBarr on February 04, 2014, 07:34:06 am
My oldest shootable stepchild is my First Model .32 Smith & Wesson Single Action. All numbers match and oddly enough the serial is the same as the year of production; 1878. Found the little 5-shooter in a pawn shop in Idaho.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Gus Walker on February 04, 2014, 08:26:43 am
 ;D  My oldest would be a Hopkins and Allen 32 safety police. Most of the nickel is still good. Dont know what year it was made never tried to research it. Might have to try to look it up.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Mean Bob Mean on February 04, 2014, 01:27:07 pm
1873 model manufactured 1888 Springfield trapdoor infantryman's rifle.  .45-70. 
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Blair on February 05, 2014, 09:28:23 am
These are not the oldest guns I have, but, Here are two S&W revolver that I shoot on a semi regular bases
1. Is a very early New Model #3 in .44 Russian made about 1878
2. Is a 4th Model .38 S&W DA with a 6" barrel, made about 1889.
My best,
Blair
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: scrubby2009 on May 19, 2018, 07:23:27 am
Kicking an old thread back to life, maybe?  My son and I own several antiques. Some we have hunted down in local shops, some are family pieces, passed down. 1851 Eli Whitney, wallhanger. This was my grand-dad's prize. He never got to shoot it, maybe we will someday. Just a relic, a piece of American history. Recently bought a New Model Remmy, production run January of '64. In the process of cleaning and repairing it.
 Finally,  two iron-frame '73's. One from 1875, the second was made in 1878. The Winchesters get used. A lot. Serial # 24,xxx needs the barrel re-lined pretty bad, fun shooter out to 60 yards or so, but iffy after that distance. Surprising, the earlier '73 is terribly pitted outside, but with moly-coated 200gr bullets over Unigue or 2400, it's comfortable at 100 yards or better, 6" groups.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Major 2 on May 19, 2018, 07:39:22 am
The oldest I have now...
1860 Army isssued to the 5th Iowa Cavalry in 1862 and so lettered ( all matching numbers )
good CH and about 80% blue , grip has a nice though warn Cartouche
I bought almost 30 years ago.

I sold a 1844 Asa Waters pislol , a 36 Halls converted rifle to carbine , 1860 Spencer , 2- 1863 Sharps carbines  & a 64 Burnside  :-\ :'(

10 years have passed... I still have the 1860 Colt

I've added an 1863  Griswold & Gunnison ( have evidence belonged to Capt. Jeremiah Augustus Henderson of the 57th Ala. Inf. )
A S&W Russian 2nd Model circa 1876
and a Winchester 1873 3rd Model made in 1891

A Krag Circa 1902 & a French Berthier Artillery Carbine Mle 1890
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Post by: dusty texian on May 19, 2018, 07:57:56 am
.72 cal. Jaeger made in Germany late 1700's  as a flintlock .65 cal rifle Jaeger.  Sold to Norway and named model 1803 -41-51 , converted to percussion in 1841 , upgraded with long range sights and bored to .72 cal and pillar breech in 1851 . All # match ,  still has a bright and shinny bore and pillar and ,  rifling . Shoots great .,,,DT
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Post by: Forty Rod on May 19, 2018, 12:59:41 pm
S&W Model No. 2 Old Model Revolver from  about 1866. It's a 32 rim fire and I just had to shoot it... one cylinder full (6 rounds) followed by a complete cleaning and retirement.

It was a real hoot to shoot.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: treebeard on May 19, 2018, 01:10:27 pm
1873 Trapdoor Rifle made in 1874.

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Post by: Coal Creek Griff on May 19, 2018, 01:20:10 pm
 Here I was, proud of my Winchester 1895 rifle made in 1899.  I guess it isn't so old after all...   ;)

CC Griff
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Major 2 on May 19, 2018, 04:01:57 pm
mmmmmmm a Winchester 95 in 30/40 Krag ....Oh yesssssssss please !
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Post by: Coal Creek Griff on May 19, 2018, 04:25:50 pm
Yes, it's a beautiful gun. I'd like a .30/40 carbine to match too.

I just noticed which forum we're (down) under.  I hope that it's OK that I'm not down under too...

CC Griff
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Pay Dirt Norvelle on May 19, 2018, 04:59:47 pm
I have a few older guns:

A Flintlock musket made in about 1820.  This one is from the Nepal Cache.
A 1887 Martini Henry from the Nepal Cache also.
1863 Springfield Rifle Musket which was more than likely used in the Civil War
Dreyse Needle Rifle.  A M65 made in 1870 and probably used in the Franco Prussian War
An A.S.T. Co. Hero which is considered a poor mans Derringer.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: FriscoCounty on May 19, 2018, 05:02:18 pm
1875 Swedish Remington Rolling Block in 12.7x44R.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Forty Rod on May 19, 2018, 05:26:36 pm
mmmmmmm a Winchester 95 in 30/40 Krag ....Oh yesssssssss please !



I have a Browning 95 in .30-40.  Took me  awhile to find it... new in the box... back in 1992 ( according to the receipt) and had it sent to the gun store where I was working.  Shipped cost was $750.00 a lot of money in those days.
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Post by: Pay Dirt Norvelle on May 19, 2018, 10:35:35 pm
I forgot that I also have a Swedish Rolling Block.  Not sure of the year though.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: TomcatPC on May 20, 2018, 05:26:38 pm
My oldest is not that old compared to some on here.  It is a Martini-Henry Mk.II Rifle made by Birmingham Small Arms in 1888.
My next oldest is my Dad's 1902 vintage Marlin Model-1898 Shotgun.
Mark
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: 38OVI on May 20, 2018, 08:57:14 pm
Original 1763 Charleville
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Cholla Hill Tirador on May 21, 2018, 02:05:09 am
 1886 production 1873 Winchester in 38 WCF. And after 132 years, it's still putting meat on our table!
 
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 (http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/308Scout/Hunting/Gobbler_zpschqunhns.jpg) (http://s60.photobucket.com/user/308Scout/media/Hunting/Gobbler_zpschqunhns.jpg.html)

 CHT
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Capt Quirk on May 21, 2018, 08:55:50 am
Here I was, proud of my Winchester 1895 rifle made in 1899.  I guess it isn't so old after all...   ;)

CC Griff
Hey, at least your piece is pre 20th century. My oldest piece, is a 1928 August Menz Liliput in .25 caliber. Needs a little work, but it does fire... at least the first round or two. Stovepipes real bad.
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Coal Creek Griff on May 21, 2018, 09:58:12 am
Hey, at least your piece is pre 20th century.

That's true--I just barely made it...

CC Griff
Title: Re: How Old is your Oldest Gun you have ?
Post by: Blair on May 21, 2018, 03:10:19 pm
My oldest is a M-1842 Musket made at Harpers Ferry in 1850.
Over the years I have been involved in this sport, I have had older arms, I just can't remember what they were.
My best,
 Blair