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    I have a replica of a 1897 Trench Gun. with a real Vietnam 1917 style bayonet.
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    Oldest designed gun I have is a Civil War era Smith & Wesson.
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    I have a 1950's reproduction of a 1700's flintlock Buccaneer pistol that fires a .85 ball. Inherited it from my brother who used to fire it just for the fun, though I have not fired it myself.
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    Well, so far, I think HotGuns has everyone beat. Are you sure you didn't make that in your garage? Actually that was pretty cool looking thing!

    For me, I guess the oldest designs are my Winchester 94 & my Mauser 98. Next up would be my Colt and Para 1911's. Although, my Rugers are revolvers, so not sure exactly what era their design is from, but possibly would be older than the 1911's.
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    I have replicas of 1874 Sharps.

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    I have a 1911 without grip safety and it has an arched mainspring housing, it was made in Argentina, I think. I also have a Walther PP in .32acp, which was my first firearm. Both reside in the safe, I haven't fired either in years, don't really trust either of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    I have a 1911 without grip safety and it has an arched mainspring housing, it was made in Argentina, I think. I also have a Walther PP in .32acp, which was my first firearm. Both reside in the safe, I haven't fired either in years, don't really trust either of them.
    Sounds like you have a Ballester-Molina which is similar looking to a 1911, but isn't one.

    a) The hammer strut on the HAFDASA (Hispano Argentina Fabrica de Automoviles Sociedad Anonima) pistol is much shorter than that of the M1911A1.
    b) The firing pin stop on the HAFDASA pistol is not recessed on the side as it is on the M1911A1.
    c) The thumb safety on the HAFDASA pistol is redesigned with a larger diameter pin, and it can be applied with the hammer cocked or fully down.
    d) The mainspring housing on the HAFDASA pistol is an integeral part of the frame.
    e) The HAFDASA pistol has a pivoting trigger with a single extension along the right side that cams the side mounted disconnector and engages the sear.
    f) The magazine catch on the HAFDASA pistol is assembled differently.
    g) The HAFDASA pistol has no slide stop disassembly notch.
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    I think you are going to win this one Hotguns, thats pretty cool though.

    So pretty cool old weapons designs mentioned in here.

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    Earliest design is a replica Brown Bess

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    which is older?..... I haven't a clue...

    DA revolver
    pump shotgun
    bolt action rifle

    I'm going to guess pump shotgun? Magazine fed firearms didn't come out till late 1800's right? Eh I guess I'm a youngin with much to learn

    EDIT: Actually the bolt action is older... according to wiki.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    which is older?..... I haven't a clue...

    DA revolver
    pump shotgun
    bolt action rifle

    I'm going to guess pump shotgun? Magazine fed firearms didn't come out till late 1800's right? Eh I guess I'm a youngin with much to learn

    EDIT: Actually the bolt action is older... according to wiki.
    Which one is older would actually depend on the specific models of your firearms.

    The Prussian "needle gun" is one of the first bolt actions, it came into its own in the 1840's. The earliest pump action shotgun I can think of is the 1897 Winchester, and the first double action revolvers came about in the Mid 1800's, but I forget which one was first.

    By the same token, a Ruger LCR, and Mossberg ATR both borrow from older designs, but are new designs in the DA revolver and Bolt action categories. (most of the well know pump action designs have been around for a few decades at least.
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    I have a 98k Mauser as well. The oldest design I have, but I don't count it, is a .50 cal Kentucky black powder hand gun that I built out of a kit.
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    1934 Model, Beretta (made in 1936) .380 cal pistol. The Father-in-Law took it from an Italian POW during WWII. He gave it to me several years ago. Nice gun in great condition except I'm looking for a replacement barrel. The original barrel has some pitting I don't like.
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