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    This isn't really my oldest. It's just easiest (for me) to photograph:

    Made in the St. Ettiene region of France around 1820
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    The oldest pistol I own is a Beretta 418 made in 1948 and the oldest rifle is a Swiss K-31 made in 1944.

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    Oldest has to be my old 1911 that used to be my Grandfathers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkhangel View Post
    I have an old WWII rifle. It is a Italian 6.5 mm Carcano, with a datemark of 1942 on it. It was my first gun, bought it from a senior member of gun club in my town who was trying to raise funds to purchase a Match rifle. I got it for $50 bux with 500 rounds of WWII era ammo.

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    I have an old Carcano as well. Mine is stamped 1939 but is the bigger one. - 7.35 cal. and made in Terni Italy. I got mine from my mother. She got it from her father as a wedding present to her. I don't know where my Grandfather got it and, as he has passed on, I can't ask him.

    I sporterized it several years back to include a custom scope & mount, and I lengthened the pull to fit me (I'm VERY long). I also removed the barrel top cover, color case-hardened the barrel band, and jeweled the bolt. Nowadays it's just a wall hanger as the barrel is shot out and dark. I still have a couple boxes of factory ammo for it and some stuff where I removed the military FMJ round and reloaded the cartridge with soft points. I had a custom bullet maker made the bullets for me 20 years ago. I also have reloading dies for it.

    The 6.5mm Carcano is the weapon that was used to assassinate JFK for those who don't know this tidbit.

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    "She got it from her father as a wedding present to her."

    That has to be one of the most unique bridal gifts ever!

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    My oldest is a Winchester Model 97 16 guage made in 1914. I inherited it from my dad.

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    1927 Parker 20 double

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayley View Post
    "She got it from her father as a wedding present to her."

    That has to be one of the most unique bridal gifts ever!
    My family has NEVER been traditional. There's always some "slightly weird" family that lives on the block. That's us.

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    Model 94 Winchester Rifle with a half mag in 38-55. Made in 1898, and still has the original sights including the buckhorn and tang mounted peep. I still hunt with it once in a while.
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    The oldest weapon I have is a 1898 Springfield 30-40 Krag Carbine. It was my grandfather's deer gun, until he bought a Ruger 243. He told me that in the 70's it was hard to find ammo for it, that was why he bought the Ruger. He is gone now,but I have taken the Krag to the range a couple of times and it shoots just fine. My neighbor reloads my cases with cast bullets. He does a lot of gunsmith work for friends also. He is 83 and I wish I could shoot half as good as he does. He likes his 1903 better than my Krag.

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    Hey Metaldemon7, I sure do like the .30-40 and the Krag rifles. The original Krag carbines are scarce and valuable now.

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    Do wallhangers count? I have a musket (no markings) that was converted from precussion to breechloader(sp?) in the 1850s, supposedly for the Zulus. The guy I bought it from had a nice story to go with it, but I wouldn't put a lot of credence in it. A 12 guage shell fits it perfectly, but I can't find someone to try it.
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    Oldest gun I own is a 1914 Nagant Revolver. I know nothing special but it goes with my 1945 and 1943 Mosins quite well.

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    My oldest one is a Winchester "Red Letter" model 37 16-gauge. The red letters indicate (from what I've been able to find out) that it was made sometime between '36 and '41 or so. This is probably accurate as it originally belonged to my grandmother's uncle.
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