Who here owns a 100 yr old + firearm that has ALWAYS been in the family?


December 14, 2009, 10:12 AM
There is a thread going now about owning very old weapons but I thought one about weapons that have been IN YOUR FAMILY since new would be fun to hear about.

I have several rifles, shotguns and handguns that my dad owned and I have now passed them on to my mid-30's son. These guns were all purchased new by my dad back in the 30's - 70's which makes them 35-77 years old. The oldest, family-owned-since-new is a Remington Model 24 in .22 "shorts-only" that my dad bought when he was 17 (1931). I have older weapons but they have not been in my family since new.

It would have been great if my grandpa or great-grandpa had passed down guns but they either didn't hunt or sold their guns.

If you have a picture handy, please post it.

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December 14, 2009, 10:13 AM
Those old shotguns I posted have been in the family over 100 years. My grandfather was born in 1895. His uncle was the original purchaser of the guns.

December 14, 2009, 10:40 AM
My brother has our dad's old "HERO" single shot shotgun. It is (as best we can tell) a store brand Iver Johnson 12ga.take-down model with nickle receiver. I have only seen 3 specimens of this model. My brother and I both learned to hunt with this gun as did our dad and his brothers and now my brother's grandsons are hunting with it. It was bought new around 1900 by my great-uncle for $4.25.

December 14, 2009, 11:14 AM
I have a single shot .410 that I got from my Grandfather before he passed away. Grandpa was in his 80's in 1974 and that was the gun my Uncles and Dad first learned to shoot.
So in a way that gun provided food to feed my family during the depression, mostly squirrels and rabbits, my Dad said. It was also the first training of marksmanship for young men who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and later his grandsons in Desert Storm.
My Dad and I refinished the stock and reblued the metal a year or so after Grandpa's death. My Grandfather had kept his hunting licence under the buttplate of that old gun. Kind of an odd moment when it fell out as we removed the old buttplate.
We wont shoot that old gun anymore, it sits on hooks above our fireplace now.
My Son is 14 now and when I finish my time in Baghdad and go home I might take it down and give it to him. Maybe tell him it's history, tell him about his Great Grandfather, His Great Uncles and his Grandpa. Take that old butplate off and show him a faded piece of paper his Great Grandpa signed a very long time ago.
That old Shotgun isnt worth anything really, but it is worth Everything.

December 14, 2009, 11:14 AM
The oldest I have is from my great uncle on my mom's sid of the family.
It's a 12g side by side shotgun, with dog eared hammers. It's marked on the side plate, but the stock was replaced by my uncle, and he varnished right over it.
I know that partially it reads Richardsons, but from the research I have found, a lot of shotguns from that era were named after prominate makers, with slight alterations to the names.
On researching the proofmarks on the underside of the barrels I now it is has Belgian barrels, and they were made in 1879.
I also have a "defender 89" .32 rimfire pistol from the same great uncle, but I have no clue how old it is, other than sometime in the late 1800's.
The next oldest would be a Remington Target Master, 41P .22 rifle that my dad bought in 1936. It is the rifle I learned to shoot with.

December 14, 2009, 11:48 AM
Trapdoor Springfield that belonged to my great-great grand dad. Just wish he new what oil was.

December 14, 2009, 11:50 AM
Colt SAA bought by my great grandfather before heading to New Mexico in 1880.

December 14, 2009, 12:29 PM
Civil war era Springfield musket from a relative who served.

December 14, 2009, 12:39 PM
Great-Grandfathers 1892 Wincherster 32-20. Handed down from GGF to Gandfather to Dad to Me. GGF was a farmer and a bounty hunter (animals not men) and I have an article from the October 1906 paper where he brought in 6 timber wolves for bounty payment. Bounty on them was $5 each. Until we found that article, I often wondered how a poor dirt farmer could afford a Winchester rifle. Taxes on his farm, house, and livestock in 1894 were $5.20. $30 bounty was more than he made farming all year.

December 14, 2009, 01:00 PM
This has been in my family since 1820 or so. Sadly I doubt it can be fired now, as the last person to really clean and oil it was my dad before he joined the air force in the early 60's. We had it appraised and it wasn't worth much except as an heirloom and the wood was very dry and the metal rusting. So a few father's days ago I mixed up some BLO and turpentine and gave it a good 'wash' so you can see the woodgrain, and stabilize the damage (note the bullet hole through the stock) and made a nice display case for the rifle and accessories.

Do NOT do this to your antiques without consulting an expert, you can ruin the value of a collectable firearm.

Aproximately 25 cal Kentucky squirrel rifle, made by a blacksmith that belonged to my great great grandfather Thomas Collins, an Irish immigrant.

Just One Shot
December 14, 2009, 06:36 PM
My great grandfather had a 1813 Harpers Ferry muzzle loader that he gave my grandfather. He gave it to my father who gave it to me.

December 14, 2009, 07:45 PM
I have great-grandpa's 1897 Winchester 12 gauge at Mom's house. I know that Grandpa, his brothers, my dad and his brothers used it for all sorts of game in the upper midwest from the 1920s thru 1985 when Dad retired it for a Mossberg. I don't know it's DOB, but Uncle Bill told me he would personally haunt me forever if I sold or traded that gun. Don't worry...I won't.

I also have a Stevens 15A that Dad and his brothers used in the 40s. I don't know how old it really is.

From there, my guns take a leap of several decades.


December 14, 2009, 07:51 PM
...we have my Great Uncle's Remington Rand 1911 he carried (and brought back) in North Africa during WWII. He was a Captain the in the Air Corps. Guns in great shape with only minimal holster wear.

Mt Shooter
December 14, 2009, 11:19 PM
My 1903 Springfield In 30/06 is my main battle rifle so to speak, take it hunting every year. Family rumor is my grand father brought it back with him from France when he returned form WWI.

This just meets your 100 years but it does by 106.

December 14, 2009, 11:53 PM
Russell Arms 12 gauge.

Grandpa's gun.
He died digging a ditch on an island on the Tennessee river in 1916.


War Squirrel
December 15, 2009, 12:03 AM
1895 .30-40 US Krag (Springfield Armory) carried by my Great grandfather during the Spanish American War. Quite an interesting piece, but beat all to hell. Missing mag follower and side plate, and broken bolt handle. Fired it a few times anyway, still shoots damn good. Shame it's in such bad condition...

December 15, 2009, 12:14 AM
My great grandfather had a mid to late 19th century target rifle: Ginormous hexagonal barrel, set trigger + hair trigger, percussion cap, .44-ish caliber, made by a "J. Scharpe." (Not the famous Sharp's rifle.) He got banned from the local grocery shoots because he just wouldn't lose against the other guys and their surplus civil war rfles.

It was passed down to my grandfather and now my father. It's probably safe to fire, but some time in the 60s we lost the dies for the bullets, and it's anything but a standard caliber, so we don't really have anything to shoot in it.

December 15, 2009, 05:07 AM
We have three.

On her side:

1) an 1873 Springfield trapdoor, and
2) an 1888 Parker 12 ga, Damascus side by side barrels and receiver. With two barrel sets, still in the original leather and wood case. Vague remnants of the original green felt lining are still there. But they are vague.

On my side:

3) a Winchester 1906 .22 gallery gun.

Obviously, she brought more to the table. ;) All of these have been handed down since new.

December 15, 2009, 06:05 AM
I have a 20GA Enders side by side exposed hammer shot gun circa 1900. I got from my grandfather's farm just before it was sold. It was in a corner of the mud room. It was never really taken care of. It was just a tool to dispatch foxes and other vermits. I cleaned it up.


December 15, 2009, 10:34 AM
Winchester Model 94, not quite 100 yet, made in 1917 and has killed enough deer to feed some states.

December 15, 2009, 11:12 AM
I have two that were given to me by my father. A Hopkins and Allen 12ga single barrel shotgun with a hammer, and a nickel plated S&W .38 special six shooter with pearl handles. Both of these were purchased in WV in the early 1900's when my grandfather immigrated from Italy to work in the coal mines there.

December 15, 2009, 01:40 PM
I have a pre-Civil War derringer that has been in the family since it was new in Great-Great Grand Uncle's hand. Rough little thing.

Grease Monkey
December 15, 2009, 02:51 PM
ETA: Ah, my mistake. Didn't read the entire title.

December 15, 2009, 03:04 PM
I've got an 1873 (made in 1881) Winchester in .44-40, handed down on my father's side. Looks well used, but still shoots quite well - I killed my first deer a decade ago using it.

December 15, 2009, 03:22 PM
parker 12gauge side by side.... but only 97 years old...

December 15, 2009, 09:32 PM
My father gave me my grandfathers first gun, bought new around 1917 I think. He also gave me my grandmothers fist gun. I gave that one to my brother.

So yeah, pretty close to 100 years old....

Just like so many of these other posters, they aren't in very good condition.... I guess when I get to be 90 I might not be the best 'armorer' anymore too.... but it sure is hard to look at guns I have owned all my life that are nearly flawless in form and function, and then look at these poor things....

December 16, 2009, 10:10 AM
Along with my great-great grandfathers 1873 trap door Springfield I also have a flint lock pistol dated 1749 that has been handed down many times in our family.

Guns and more
December 16, 2009, 10:51 AM
I have the shotgun that my dad had as a kid (I think)
It's an Iver Johnson 16 ga. single shot. My dad was born in 1900. (since passed away)
I'm looking for a gunsmith who can clean it up and re-finish it.

December 16, 2009, 11:06 PM
1890 Winchester pump .22 WRF, bought in 1892. Stock is rough, rough, rough, and it's had quite a few repairs and replaced parts over the years, but still very much a working rifle. Was bought new by my grandfather's grandfather.

December 17, 2009, 09:10 AM
I have my grandfathers winchester 22 bolt rifle. It has a magazine for 22 lr. and 22 short. Rear peep sight. I love this rifle and took a lot of rabbits and squirels when i was a kid.
I also have my great gradfathers JC Higgins single shot 22 lr. Bolt. the stock and barrel are a loose fitting and I need to take it to a gun smith to get checked out. My Mother and uncles used to go coon hunting with my great grand father with this rifle and i have pictures of all of them together with the rifle and a clothes line with a handful of coons on it. I plan on teaching my daughter to shoot with this rifle and then move her to the Winchester once she gets a little more experience with the single shot.

December 17, 2009, 09:15 AM
My family has two.

A .22WRF Winchester pump from my grandfather.
A Winchester Mod 73 in 38-40 from my wife's grandfather.

December 17, 2009, 05:02 PM
MINN MOONEY- "I thought one about weapons that have been IN YOUR FAMILY..."

Colt's 1860 Army .44, picked up on the battlefield by my paternal great grandfather, who was a Sgt. in Co. B, 40th Georgia. He carried it until the end of The War Of Northern Aggression, and it has been passed down through the years to me.

All original except the barrel wedge screw. That was lost somewhere along the line, many years ago before the pistol was given to me by my grandmother.


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