Oldest Firearm design in your inventory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    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.
    You know I really don't know, I'll have to take a look when I get home this evening. I'll take a picture and post.

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    Colt Frontiersman Six-Shooter, rollmarked 1875
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    Does my cannon count??
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    Only if you put up pics of it GunnyBunny.

    Nice Colt Husker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    Only if you put up pics of it GunnyBunny.
    I didn't bring it to work with me so you'll have to wait for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    I didn't bring it to work with me so you'll have to wait for it.
    Ok, but what kind of cannon is it, I'm a history nerd, hence why I find threads like this so entertaining.

    Unfortunately I also get paid by the government, so I tend not to have enough cash for original weapons, and have to settle for replicas (mil-surp weapons tend to be the exception, like my Mauser)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Colt Frontiersman Six-Shooter, rollmarked 1875
    You should call Colt with the serial number for the date of manufacture, the three line patent date (PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871/PAT. JULY 2, -72/PAT. JAN. 19, -75) wasn't introduced until 1877 and the 44WCF Frontier Six-Shooter wasn't introduced until 1878.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    You know I really don't know, I'll have to take a look when I get home this evening. I'll take a picture and post.
    Does it look like this?

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    My oldest is a Colt SAA shipped to the U.S. Government Inspector on 24 December, 1884.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    You should call Colt with the serial number for the date of manufacture, the three line patent date (PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871/PAT. JULY 2, -72/PAT. JAN. 19, -75) wasn't introduced until 1877 and the 44WCF Frontier Six-Shooter wasn't introduced until 1878.
    Or maybe you can look it up here.............

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    I have a German Luger in .30 caliber. It was a pre WWII and police caliber made for export to the US. It was manufactured by Deutsche Waffenfabrik in the 1920's and still shoots very well. It is a squirrelly gun and not one that I would use for CCW, but it is a hoot to shoot. 30 Luger is expensive though.

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    I have a couple of replicas, cap and balls, both rifles and pistols, however, the oldest 'real' gun is my Winchester 1897 12 ga. shotgun.

    It was made in 1898, had serial 192330 with a C over the serial. I have the 18" riot barrel and swivels, and have a 30" barrel currently installed. The barrel is not user-interchangeable, but has to be done by a locksmith (or at least a really experienced user). I had the gun and both barrels "Parkerized" and the inside barrels mirrored, so that the gun will never deteriorate.
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    I have a 16 ga. shotgun made by Iver Johnson, that belonged to my dad when he was a kid. I'm guessing it dates back to 1910.
    I have it for sentimental reasons only. I want to find a gunsmith to re-blue it.
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