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    1863 springfiled. was given to me by my father-in law. I have had it for about 30 years. he said it was given to him by his father,my father-in-law passed away at age 98 years......

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    I was kind of confused with the pole. The gun I've owned the longest is well over 26 years so that's what I voted in the pole.

    But the oldest manufactured gun I own is a circa 1860's - 1870's Sharps Pepperbox in .22 short. I acquired it from my mother-in-laws estate a couple months ago. Four fixed barrels with a rotating hammer.

    The picture in the photo is not mine. Mine was a safe queen for the last 60 -70 years and is actually in better condition than the one in the photo. The bluing on mine is probably 98% original and intact. No corrosion on the brass and only one nick on the walnut grip.

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    The oldest gun I have is my maternal Grandfather's .38 Colt New Army, man. in 1897. It was kind of rusty, so about 20 years ago I wrapped it in an old T-shirt, put it in a zip-lok bag and poured a quart of Valvoline 10W30 in it, stuck it in the top of a closet and forgot about it. About 5 years ago I took it out. It had a nice even brown patina on it. Ordered some parts and restored it mechanically and put some repro "hard rubber" grips on it. I would never think of trying to fire it, though.

    These were the first revolvers made with swing-out cylinders, and the first double action revolvers in U.S. service. Sadly, they were put to shame against the hopped-up Moro insurgents in the Phillipines. As a quick fix the old .45 Single Action Army "thumb-busters" were brought back into service, to be replaced by the 1911 a few years later. And the rest, as they say.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    Rock Island 1903 (1918 ) just under the 840,000 ser # at 803,xxx, so your not suppose to shoot it unless you use cas bullets.

    All original!
    Are you certain it's a Rock Island with that serial number? Rock Island didn't manufacture 1903's to anywhere near that quantity.

    Check out this neato link:

    SPRINGFIELD ARMORY US MODEL 1903 RIFLE SERIAL NUMBER RANGES


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    I'd have to shoot that old Colt, at least a little on occasion. I have a U. S. Army contract .38 Colt New Army and I shoot it with scrounged .38 Long Colt factory loads or else with the mild handloads I make for it. Those old Colts can be lots of fun.

    If the cylinder has a lot of slop though you might be better off not to shoot it. Lots of Colt New Army/New Navy revolvers turn up with cylinders that are pretty wobbly and don't lock up tightly in firing mode. Such revolvers will be prone to spit particles and I saw an instance where a fellow blew out a chunk of his forcing cone due to a loosy-goosey cylinder lock-up. It won't do to have bullets colliding into the forcing cone by catching an edge of it as they pass.
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    Winchester lever action in .32wcf made in 1902. Beautiful patina but she ain't safe to shoot. :(

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    C96 broomhandle

    My oldest gun is a 1919-1921 Broomhandle C96....but I am perplexed...
    went to a gun show in Denver this weekend and was told it was worth $750 and close to $4,000 by two seperate dealers.

    Now I am confused...the gun is in pristine condition and with matching serial numbers 481xx8 and appropriate proof markings on it.
    The one dealer at $750 said the grips were not original, the barrel marking of " 7.63 Mauser" was not original and there was line or
    cut mark on the barrel that means this was a rework that was done in the 90's. But that it was an excellent piece. He said to keep
    it and shoot it and have fun.

    Well, the friend I got this from bought it in the early 80's...

    Can anyone shed some light on this.

    I have searched google for info and have come up short on reworks so want to know any info possible and whether this is original or not

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by UltimaRatio View Post
    Winchester lever action in .32wcf made in 1902. Beautiful patina but she ain't safe to shoot. :(

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    Are you certain? It ought to be either a Model 1873 or a Model 1892. Both would be fine with current factory loads if they were in any kind of condition at all. I shoot a Winchester Model 1892 .32-20 (.32 WCF) all the time that was made in 1896.
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    Mossberg 500 Combo. Bought it at a Service Merchandise store 30 years ago.

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    The Oldest Shooter I have is a 1916 Erfurt Gew98 Mauser in 8x57.

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    The "Thread" question is: "Oldest gun you own?" Answer: 9mm FEG (Hungarian copy of Browning Hipower)
    The "Poll" question is: "How long have you had your oldest gun?" Answer: more than 20 years

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    The gun I have owned the longest is my mosin nagant. I've had it for 4 years. Got it when I turned 18. It's 70 years old.

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    Ooops, I misread the question. Never mind.
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    One of my oldest guns is a Remington model 12C its second from the bottom of the table. I bought it a a yard sale from an Armenian neighbor who said her husband bought it right after they were married in 1919. That was 1978. He had imigrated here in 1914. I have since refinished the wood, replaced the but plate, and still like to take it rabbit hunting at least once a year. The old lady reminded me very much of my great grandmother, even tho they imigrated from differant places they shared a common attitude.



    The gun Ive had the longest is at the top of the table. Its a Marlin 60 that I bought from Kmart for $29.95. Its had 10s of thousands of rounds through it. A few years back I freshened it up, replaced the stock and gave it to my middle son.





    I kept the squirrel embossed original stock in case he ever wanted it back to original. DR

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    Looks like I should have read the other posts before making the same mistake.

    I have owned it for about six months and my oldest being a 1926 Tula M91/30 Mosin Nagant
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    colt 22 cal new line single digit serial # , Aprox 1873, have had it for 35 years 2012-11-08 20.56.53.jpg
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