The oldest firearm you own


June 7, 2012, 02:14 AM
What's the oldest firearm you own? Mine would be my Mosin Nagant, manufactured in 1944.

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June 7, 2012, 02:19 AM
Great Grandfather's 1931 FN Belgian Browning made A-5. 1931 is approximated only because the FN factory was destroyed by the nazis in WWII along with all records. Supposedly one of the first 10,000 Browning auto shotguns ever brought in to the US, stamped Ogden, Utah.

June 7, 2012, 05:17 AM
1924 Colt Army Special in 32-20

June 7, 2012, 05:26 AM
1929 Tula Arsenal M1895 Nagant

June 7, 2012, 05:27 AM
1873 martini henry in 577-450

June 7, 2012, 05:28 AM
Winchester 52c, 22lr, circa 1956
BRNO, Model 1, 22lr, circa 1952
Anschutz 1411, 22lr, circa 1966
Beretta O/U 12ga, circa 1992

June 7, 2012, 05:30 AM
1909 Swedish Mauser

June 7, 2012, 06:29 AM
1909 Argentine Mauser
1907 Colt Bisley 32-20
1918 Springfield .03

June 7, 2012, 06:40 AM
Winchester Model 1890 pump action in .22 short

June 7, 2012, 07:05 AM
1906 M-89 Dannish Krag

June 7, 2012, 07:22 AM
Don't we already have 48 pages of the 'oldest gun I own' ?


June 7, 2012, 07:30 AM

Probably put 25-35,000 rounds (100 Rnds/Week -- 25-30 weeks/year -- dozen years) through her in the N-SSA.

Great rifle.

June 7, 2012, 07:50 AM
My great-grandfathers rabbit ear 20 guage. Made sometime in the 1890's. My dad mailed home a WW-2 trophy in 1945. FN made SXS double made sometime prior to WW-2. Dad "liberated" it in late April 1945. Cost him $1.50 postage to mail it back home. Not as old as some, but a quality gun that still sees use and with a great story.

June 7, 2012, 09:35 AM
Arisaka T-99 that my Uncle brought back from WWII.

June 7, 2012, 09:46 AM
1896 Krag carbine. Still my favorite deer rifle. :cool:

June 7, 2012, 09:56 AM

loose noose
June 7, 2012, 09:58 AM
1874 Sharps that belonged to my grandfather in 45/70 he shot quite a few deer with it, in N.E. Wisconsin in the early 1900's, I believe he bought it used, but I'm not entirely certain.

June 7, 2012, 10:26 AM
Smith & Wesson Model 1, which was sold by M.W. Robinson, New York City, on December 9th, 1869. BTW M.W. Robinson was S&W's largest distributor at the time.

June 7, 2012, 10:31 AM
A 1920's era S&W .38

Its in pretty rough condition, but it belonged to my Dad so the value of the gun is more sentimental than financial. :o

June 7, 2012, 10:31 AM
My Winchester Model 1873, manufactured in 1882 chambered in 44-40 and it is still a good shooter...

June 7, 2012, 11:52 AM
I've got a few older rimfire rifles that date from the late 'teens to early twenties. And I'm putting the finishing touches on a rifle that has a rolling block action stamped 1869 but is updated with new furniture and a Shiloh Sharps barrel.

June 7, 2012, 11:56 AM
I have an old dimascus double barrel that I don't know the year but would suppose is the oldest...or a deranger type pistol that my gr, gr, gr grandmother carried. And she died in 1870.

June 7, 2012, 12:57 PM
There was JUST a thread on this that is like 20 pages long, might want to look that one up for some good answers.

*Mine is a 1922 Colt .32 pocket hammerless.

June 7, 2012, 12:58 PM
That's all cool stuff. I like how firearms are passed down from generation to generation like heirlooms.

June 7, 2012, 01:13 PM
1895 Chileno Mauser.

June 7, 2012, 01:13 PM
1940 Smith and Wesson Model 10 with a 5 inch barrel

June 7, 2012, 03:50 PM
1916 DWM (Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken) P08 Luger

June 7, 2012, 04:09 PM
I own an old Broomhandle Mauser. Never even shot it. But it was a spoil of war from my Aunts father.

June 7, 2012, 04:20 PM
I own a Mosin-Nagant 1891/30 hex receiver rifle made in 1933 in the Tula weapons factory. It happens to be the only firearm I own, because of its low price - $89.95 online in April 2010. The more I shoot it, the more I love it! :)

June 7, 2012, 04:25 PM
This is directed at Tommygunn - I believe they called those 'lemon squeezers' because of the grip safety and shape? I assume it's a top-break revolver. Does it shoot the .32 S&W?

June 7, 2012, 04:35 PM

Probably put 25-35,000 rounds (100 Rnds/Week -- 25-30 weeks/year -- dozen years) through her in the N-SSA.

Great rifle.
149 years - wow! Still original? Talk about building something to last! Beautiful gun. Does it fire the Minnie ball or round ball?

June 7, 2012, 05:10 PM

This came down through my wife's family (some of whom arrived on the Mayflower).

I don't know anything about it. It's not operational. My oldest serviceable firearm is a Savage 29.

June 7, 2012, 07:24 PM
One time, I saw someone with what I think was a Nambu pistol their father or grandfather captured in World War II. It was probably sitting in a drawer for decades, had rust and everything. They took it outside to try and fire it. A few people were a little worried about it blowing up given that it was so old, and the shape it was in, I was at least. It didn't fire.

Now that I think about it, I wonder what they did with it. If it were me, I would take it to a gunsmith and try and get it restored. Nambus are pretty rare from what I understand. It would be a shame if a piece of history were lost, even if they were used by the imperial Japanese.

June 7, 2012, 07:31 PM
This is directed at Tommygunn - I believe they called those 'lemon squeezers' because of the grip safety and shape? I assume it's a top-break revolver. Does it shoot the .32 S&W?

No it isn't the "lemon squeezer." It fires the .32 rim fire short.
I think I can load a picture of it:

June 7, 2012, 10:51 PM

Not sure what is oldest, because I have an OLD Marlin 99 with no s/n, and a Mossberg 500, no s/n and no datestamps

Got a 1954 Romanian M-44, and a 1955 US Rifle Cal .30 M1

June 7, 2012, 11:10 PM
1970's Stevens 12 Gauge purchased at Sears.


June 8, 2012, 12:15 AM
1911 Iver Johnson 32.

June 8, 2012, 01:03 AM
Eli Whitney musket Model 1812 built in New Haven.

This gun is shortened from the original length to a carbine and I will fire it up on the 4th of July for its 200 year birthday .

(Yes it is shootable)

June 8, 2012, 01:48 AM
Savage "NRA National Match" .22, 1919.

June 9, 2012, 10:47 PM
Dad's Forehand Arms 16ga break-open. He got it at 18 y o. That would be 1911. Next oldest is an Ortgies .32acp auto.

June 9, 2012, 10:51 PM
1880 smith and wesson 44 russian

4v50 Gary
June 9, 2012, 10:56 PM
Percussion fired dbl bbl shotguns.

June 10, 2012, 01:16 AM

The Marlin Model 1894 in 44-40 was manufactured in 1895 (far left).
The Winchester 1886 in 45-70 was manufactured in 1887 (center)
The 1886 was refinished, re-barreled, re-sighted, it was originally in 40-82
The model 94 Winchester is in .32ws and is manufactured in 1983


June 10, 2012, 01:54 AM
A slingshot with a rock that must be 10,000,000 years old....

And my 1968 Colt Python.

June 10, 2012, 01:56 AM
It's a toss up between my 30's Arisaka and my 30's 20 gauge. Neither have the date stamped into them, so I'm not 100% on the age.

June 10, 2012, 09:41 AM
circa 1909 smith and wesson 2nd model target pistol. in 22lr

June 10, 2012, 11:05 AM
Model 1890 WRF made in (I think) 1909

June 10, 2012, 11:22 AM

Pepperbox from the mid 1800's

hang fire
June 10, 2012, 12:37 PM
Two, a .45-70 JM Marlin Ballard # 5 Pacific circa 1878.

A 1873 SA in .44-40, Colt letter says mfg in 1886.

June 11, 2012, 05:07 PM
A "matched pair" of French Mle. 1842 .60 cal police pistols. Both are dated 1853 and in superb mechanical condition.

June 11, 2012, 06:32 PM
Do you guys ever shoot these 130 year old guns? If you do, are they still accurate and reliable?

June 11, 2012, 08:24 PM
mono, Here is a 50 yard target 5 shot group with 44-40 from a Marlin Model 1894 manufactured in 1895.

I'm still working on the load and bullet diameter, but it is very fun to shoot.

I think Flashcube's French Mle. would be a whole lot of fun. and they are 43 years older then my Marlin.


June 11, 2012, 08:28 PM

June 12, 2012, 05:08 PM
Lee Enfield No4 1941

June 12, 2012, 05:39 PM
I have a Colt Automatic Calibre 25. I think it goes back to 1910.

June 13, 2012, 01:11 AM
I have a M1917 Enfield, barrel date of February 1918. Shoots well enough to keep on fighting, almost 100 years after it was made...

It really is amazing how durable firearms are, especially when compared to most other consumer goods.

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