Oldest rifle you currently own!


November 10, 2013, 10:45 AM
Well chaps, which is it? I'll start with my 1918 BSA lee Enfield no.1 mk. III that some of you may be familiar with.

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November 10, 2013, 10:59 AM
Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Jorgensen rifle.

Jim Watson
November 10, 2013, 11:25 AM
Winchester Single Shot Model 1885 "highwall" made 1899.

November 10, 2013, 11:31 AM
1890 GEWR 88, carried by a Turkish soldier in the Boer wars.

November 10, 2013, 11:52 AM
k31 from the 40s

November 10, 2013, 11:55 AM
Winchester Model 1895 made in 1926.

November 10, 2013, 11:56 AM
Mosin Nagant made in 1928.

November 10, 2013, 12:02 PM
That I shoot:
Winchester 1873, 3rd model,, .32-20
DOM 1885, 2nd year of the .32-20

Still a fun shooter!

Not shooting:
1869/70 Swiss Vetterli, 41RF
A 12 round, bolt action must must have been nice in the 1870s...the 41rim fire was a decent caliber for the time.

November 10, 2013, 12:06 PM
Danish Krag M-1889 Manufactured in 1906 and rebarreled in 1921

November 10, 2013, 12:15 PM
1873 martini-henry

November 10, 2013, 01:40 PM
Its a La Francaise Modele 1921 -- a single-shot .22 rimfire French military training rifle that looks very much like a Lebel Model 1886.


My father brought it home from the ETO. It was the very-first rifle I ever shot. I was 3. Of course, my father was holding and aiming it, but I pulled the trigger. I still remember the event, but quite dimly.

gpa mitch
November 10, 2013, 01:45 PM
1917 Winchester 1906 22 pump

November 10, 2013, 01:48 PM
Mosin Nagant made in 1943.

Sergei Mosin
November 10, 2013, 01:57 PM
Mauser Model 1893 made by Ludwig Loewe for Spain in 1895.

November 10, 2013, 02:13 PM
Black powder Mauser 71/84 made in 1888.

November 10, 2013, 02:23 PM
Oldest: M1868/70 Egyptian Remington Rolling Block in .43 Egyptian. Exact date of manufacture is impossible to tell since the stamps have all been pretty much worn away, but it wouldn't have been later than the early 1870s. I have the dies on order, so once they come in and I fabricate a new front sight (the old one is long gone somewhere in the rifle's life), I'll be shooting it.

Runner up: 1887 Martini-Henry Mk. IV. Shoots great!

I'll try to post some pictures soon (I don't seem to have any on this computer).

November 10, 2013, 02:26 PM
My 1898 U.S. Krag Jorgensen made in March of 1898http://s763.photobucket.com/user/enderle93/media/Krag1_zps3ed0c114.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4

November 10, 2013, 02:45 PM
Original 1860's Sharps Rifle.

November 10, 2013, 03:01 PM
1894 Winchester made in 1907.

November 10, 2013, 03:07 PM
That's awesome guys! And I thought I had an oldie! Did anyone you celebrate their 100th birthday? I plan on getting mine a tripple chocolate cake

November 10, 2013, 03:09 PM
1914 "Peter The Great" Model 91 Mosin Nagant (Finn Capture)

November 10, 2013, 03:14 PM
1956 Marlin 39A, not all that old but smooth and sweet as butter.

November 10, 2013, 03:32 PM
Arisaka t38 from the early 30s. Never have been able to get an exact date.

November 10, 2013, 03:34 PM
1903A3 Springfield made in 1942. It's a tack driver.

November 10, 2013, 03:35 PM
Savage 99 in .250-3000, made in 1917. It still looks nearly new

November 10, 2013, 03:42 PM
it would have to be a winchester 1876 in 45-60 made in 1883 now,i still shoot it.(lower rifle,top rifle is a 1871 german 11mm. i sold a harpers ferry 1811 still in flint lock not to long ago,i fired it a few times. eastbank.

November 10, 2013, 04:08 PM
K31 from 1934, which gets shot several times a year. I have an older Hollis (British) revolver from the 1870s, but the bolt is worn down, so I have never even entertained the thought of shooting it.

November 10, 2013, 04:11 PM
Rifle - GEW 88 made in 1890 with 1914 Depot approval stamps and Turkish markings.

Pistol - S&W model 1 1/2, August of 1887 tied with Marlin topbreak .38 S&W revolver made in 1887.

Shotgun - my great grandfather's 12 ga side by side muzzle loader, circa 1845. He carried it from Ducktown, Tn to what is now NW Arkansas in 1848/49 and on to west central Missouri in 1852.

I have loaded, special light loads, for both revolvers and fired them, once. I have never fired the rifle (no desire to) or loaded the BP shotgun but my dad used it for duck hunting when he was a kid (late 20s and 30s).

November 10, 2013, 04:16 PM
Oldest rifle I fire is a Marlin 1893 in .30-30 manufactured about 1912...


November 10, 2013, 04:30 PM
It's likely a tie between my Nepalese Martini and my Swiss 1869/71 Vetterli.

November 10, 2013, 05:15 PM
1917 British Enfield MkIII*. Deer hunting rifle bought by my dad sometime in the early 60's. It was sporterized but not known who did it but done fairly nicely. Still shoots well.

November 10, 2013, 05:22 PM
1930 Mosin Nagant and Chatellerault MLE 1892 MAC 1935 french Lebel cavalry carbine.

Vern Humphrey
November 10, 2013, 05:25 PM
Berks County Kentucky rifle, about 1840.

Runner up, Colt Model 1848 Pocket Revolver.

November 10, 2013, 05:29 PM
1942 Smith-Corona 03A3, with a Mossberg M44 close behind.

November 10, 2013, 05:39 PM
I regularly shoot my 1912 Swede M38.
I also own a late 1700s muzzle loader, maybe 16 ga? Which is the most beautiful firearm I own by far.

November 10, 2013, 05:42 PM
1873 model Springfield Trapdoor. Still gets shot occasionally.

November 10, 2013, 06:06 PM
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff343/floorit76/utf-8BSU1HMDAzODQuanBn.jpg (http://s538.photobucket.com/user/floorit76/media/utf-8BSU1HMDAzODQuanBn.jpg.html)

November 10, 2013, 06:15 PM
Original 1848 U.S. Springfield.

Deus Machina
November 10, 2013, 06:36 PM
I feel young now.
My old rifles are a Mosin Nagant M44 (1944) and a cheap Carcano (1942).

November 10, 2013, 06:59 PM
GEW-98 Mauser, made in the Spandau Armory in 1917, lightly sporterized decades ago.
http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc422/johnnydollar1949/005_zpsc606f5e4.jpg (http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/johnnydollar1949/media/005_zpsc606f5e4.jpg.html)

jim in Anchorage
November 10, 2013, 07:02 PM
Stevens tip up rife in .32 RF. Guessing 1870's.

November 10, 2013, 08:27 PM
1896 Krag made in 1898

Driftwood Johnson
November 10, 2013, 08:29 PM

Winchester Model 1873, 38-40 caliber, made in 1887. Yes, I shoot it, but only with Black Powder loads.


November 10, 2013, 08:30 PM
1814 harpers ferry musket converted to percussion cap

November 10, 2013, 10:02 PM
Savage Super Sporter 30-06 era 1923, it was Great Grandpa's, had it refinished with a deep dark blue and the stock smoothed out and tung oiled to a brilliant shine.

November 10, 2013, 10:17 PM
Chilean contract Mauser made in I believe 1896.


November 10, 2013, 10:17 PM
1891 Argentine Mauser 7.65X53.

November 10, 2013, 10:44 PM

1873 SRC Winchester in 44-40 (DOM 1883) 35.2gr of Swiss compressed 200gr. RNFP


1894 Marlin 44-40 (DOM 1895)

Both are shot regularly and both are still used whitetail hunting.


November 10, 2013, 11:00 PM
Springfield trapdoor 45/70 model 1873 manufactured in 1882. Still shoots perfect.

November 11, 2013, 12:42 AM
Early 19th century squirrel gun that I inherited.


November 11, 2013, 02:13 AM
K98 Mauser, Jan. 1944.

November 11, 2013, 06:37 AM
A 1914 built Pattern 14, all original except missing the long range volley sights.

November 11, 2013, 07:21 AM
A winchester Model 67 Single Shot bolt action 22. Year ?? 1907 correct me if I'm wrong. Great little rifle my Granny gave it to me when I was 12yo. Now 71yo.

November 11, 2013, 07:23 AM
1898 Mauser Mannlicher Mountain hunting rifle


November 11, 2013, 07:34 AM
Serial # 309 Henry rifle made in late 1861 or early 1862. Americas first assault rifle.:what:

November 11, 2013, 07:57 AM
Finn M-39, with a 1892 Frencb receiver

November 11, 2013, 08:21 AM
Win Model 1890 WRF made in 1912.

November 11, 2013, 11:02 AM
What a beauty!

November 11, 2013, 01:16 PM
1873 Trapdoor.

November 11, 2013, 02:05 PM
1895 Mauser 7x57 made for the Chilean Army.
Yes, I still shoot it, and yes, I celebrated it's 100th birthday with a trip to the range and 100 rounds.

Driftwood Johnson
November 11, 2013, 03:50 PM
Serial # 309 Henry rifle made in late 1861 or early 1862. Americas first assault rifle.

I am very impressed. I have a replica. I have only handled a real one once. Completely out of my price range.

November 11, 2013, 05:59 PM
2 Mauser 71s. dtd 1879 and 1880. One is 11 MM and the other converted to 6.5 Daudeteau for the Uraguayan Gov't in 30s I think it was. Both have nice barrels and I shoot both.

November 11, 2013, 06:14 PM
Winchester 1886 in 45/90 made in 1892 with factory letter. It will get passed to my son who represents the 5th generation.

November 11, 2013, 06:21 PM
1884 Trapdoor made in 1890:

November 11, 2013, 06:41 PM
A New England rifle (most certainly Massachusetts) from about 1820-1830. Converted to per-cussed. Also have a German percussion rifle from probably the 1830's-1840's. (The lock used on it is MUCH earlier and was originally flint, though I don't think the rifle itself ever was.)

I have earlier guns, but they're not rifles. A German (or possibly Belgian, actually...) halfstock fowling gun ca. 1760, and my prize German bird gun from about 1700-1720 in its original flint condition.

Penoe Hunter
November 11, 2013, 07:07 PM
Spencer carbine

November 11, 2013, 07:22 PM
Restored flintlock with the lock mechanism from about 1820.

dagger dog
November 11, 2013, 07:32 PM
1929 Remington 12 A pump action 22 rim fire.

November 11, 2013, 07:36 PM
Mosin from 1942, 1911 from 43 and Garand from 44. Still work better than my "New" guns.

November 11, 2013, 07:45 PM
My oldests include:

1878 production year Springfield Trapdoor (unless we can include rifled-muskets, which would be an 1855 Springfield).

1914 dated Enfield

1898 dated Mosin-Nagant obr. 1891

1916 dated Gew 98

November 11, 2013, 08:02 PM
K98 Mauser, Jan. 1944.
I've always wanted a Mauser... Maybe one day

November 11, 2013, 08:05 PM
Winchester model 94, 32 Win. Special. Made in 1953

SC Shooter
November 11, 2013, 08:33 PM
A Winchester model 57 .22 cal. Manufactured in 1929. My first gun, given to me by my grandfather when I was 14. I still take it to the range now and then and will give it to my grandson one day.

November 11, 2013, 08:35 PM
Spencer 56-56

Steel Horse Rider
November 11, 2013, 09:14 PM
I have a Springfield 1861 muzzle stuffer and a Podewils-Lindner breech loader from 1865.

November 11, 2013, 10:08 PM
A 1878 (closest I can narrow SN down to) JM Marlin Ballard #5 Pacific in 45-70.


Dr T
November 12, 2013, 11:20 AM
I have a M-N Model 39 made on a Russian 1894 Hex receiver. I also have an 1898 Springfield Armory Krag.

November 13, 2013, 06:58 AM
My Tula SKS-45 and the receiver of my FR8 were both manufactured in 1952.

November 13, 2013, 08:41 AM
M24/47 Yugoslavian Mauser is my oldest.


November 13, 2013, 04:19 PM
Tula Mosin M91 stamped 1905

November 13, 2013, 04:22 PM
Swede Mauser from 1912. Still shoots great.

November 13, 2013, 09:33 PM
1943 Winchester Garand
I had to sell an old 1903 and a 303 Enfield when I was first married.

November 13, 2013, 09:42 PM
I've got a few 1/2 action Martini Henry type rook rifles from the 1870's-1890's. Calibers are .300 Sherwood, 360 no 5, 380 centerfire.


November 13, 2013, 09:50 PM
springfield 30-40 krag, from my grandfather. used in WWI

Cranky CJ
November 14, 2013, 12:47 AM
Model 97 Winchester 12ga pump shotgun. Maunf around mid 30s according to the SN. The Mosin, which is a real fine shooter is 1943.

November 14, 2013, 10:02 PM
M1909 Argentine made in 1911.

November 16, 2013, 12:19 AM
1918 Remington M1917:

November 16, 2013, 12:26 AM
Mosin Nagant 1943
Did have a Universal M1A Carbine until the bolt came apart...
have an ancient one shot 12ga, no idea how old - barrel has full choke
Son has the early model Colt Python I gave him when he turned 18 - our only "collector" gun
On the opposite end of the time spectrum - a 2 week old Mossberg MVP Patrol :D
Good luck finding one (took since May).

November 16, 2013, 12:32 AM
Savage Model 3 - 80 yrs. old.

el indio
November 16, 2013, 04:10 PM
1916 Swede 6.5x55

November 16, 2013, 05:56 PM
1912 BSA SMLE. Can't pick it up without thinking about what the BSA factory was like the day the rifle left the place. Dray horses, boy apprentices, women in long skirts. It was a different world that was just a couple of years from changing drastically.

November 16, 2013, 06:55 PM
Swedish rolling block, made in 1867 and rechambered to 8X58R Danish in the late 1880s.

November 16, 2013, 06:57 PM
Stevens Favorite 1889 model. SN. O 80 ... I purchased this rifle this last summer and it is finally getting it back into shooting condition. It is awaiting a test firing to tell if the firing pin will need to be changed out or not. The bore amazingly still has some faint rifling in it but it may need a little fire lapping to bring it back to a bright finish.

November 16, 2013, 07:02 PM
Either my M48 Yugo Mauser made in 1954 or my Ted Williams Model 100 (Win 94) made sometime in the '50's.

November 16, 2013, 11:41 PM
1878 Trapdoor springfield

November 17, 2013, 12:49 AM
Mosin Nagant, 1933 -

November 17, 2013, 01:15 AM
Not as old as most of these, but it's what I got. Springfield M1. Receiver is from January '44.

It's the one on the left.:p

November 17, 2013, 01:19 AM
Mosin Nagant made in 1939

November 17, 2013, 02:58 PM
1942 Finn M-39 built on 1894 Sestroryetsk receiver.

November 21, 2013, 03:36 PM
Flobert parlor gun, .22 CB cap rolling block. No way to date it, but pre-1889 for certain. May be as old as 1845.

1906 Amberg Gew98, 2 digit serial number. Re-arsenaled between the wars and no import marks. G.I. bring back from it's second world war.

1943 Tula Mosin Nagant

1944 M1 Garand

November 21, 2013, 04:46 PM
1916 model 92 Winchester, that's at my house, at my parents, there are several 1700's flintlock Pennsylvania rifles

Float Pilot
November 21, 2013, 04:56 PM
Harpers Ferry model 1842 69 caliber musket made in 1849.

Stephanie B
November 21, 2013, 05:20 PM
1898 Krag-Jorgensen. I shot it in a 3-gun match earlier this year.

November 21, 2013, 05:37 PM
A 1940's era FN commercial Mauser built on a military action and a 4 digit serial.

Gun Master
November 21, 2013, 05:51 PM
A Mauser M98 (8mm Mauser) WWII bringback, scoped and sporterized by previous owner, successfully used as a deer rifle.

November 21, 2013, 05:54 PM
modelo 1916 Spanish mauser circa 1924. 7x57...still shoots better than I can with irons.

November 21, 2013, 09:45 PM
Model 1884 Springfield Trapdoor.:cool:

November 21, 2013, 10:03 PM
Model 1884 Springfield Trapdoor.:cool:
I have the same rifle so my oldest is also from 1884. (wish I also had a 1873 lol)

November 21, 2013, 10:10 PM
1918 98 Mauser

Cee Zee
November 23, 2013, 10:02 PM
The oldest firearm I own is from 1951. I prefer to buy newer stuff so it won't be so hard to find parts if something goes wrong. Sure there are some weapons that are older that have parts available. I just prefer newer stuff. Most of my guns are from the 1980's and newer.

November 24, 2013, 05:54 AM
Savage Model 3 - 80 yrs. old.
I have a Savage Model 3A, it was my grandfathers, made in 1933.

November 24, 2013, 06:58 AM
71 year old Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

November 24, 2013, 07:13 AM
I have the rifle that my great great great grandfather carried when he walked here from Ohio in 1852. It is a .40 flintlock that was later converted to caplock. You can see the hammer marks in the barrel where it was forged. I have the rifle that belonged to his son too.

November 24, 2013, 09:56 AM
Pierce target rifle/ sniper??

Daniel Ball Bank token rear aperture sight dates to the 1850's

Still competive in the early-mid 1900's and I love to shoot it today

November 24, 2013, 10:26 AM
Outstanding, ty for sharing such a beautiful piece of history.

I'll have to look up a 2 piece swagged bullet, very accurate.

Cee Zee
November 24, 2013, 02:16 PM
I was supposed to get a 1814 flintlock from my uncle. He said he would will it to me but instead he left everything to his new wife. I didn't care that she got his fortune (which he also promised me) but I would have liked to have had that rifle just because my uncle taught me a lot about life including a lot about firearms. He sold my brother a Mossberg shotgun for $5 after dad said he couldn't give it to him because he was too young. My brother said he'd like to buy it and dad said if he had enough money to buy it then it was his business. He had $5. The shotgun was one of many guns dad owned and my brother didn't take it with him when he got married and moved out. So after a while my dad gave it to me. He believed in the six month rule. If you didn't claim it in 6 months it was his and he would either give it away or throw it away. He didn't like to keep stuff for long. But he knew I needed protection and I used that shotgun for HD for 20 years or more.

When I talked to my uncle in the past few years all we talked about was guns. I guess he must have told me 1000 times to never give up my guns for any reason. I told him I learned that when I was a kid but he wanted to make sure it stuck I guess. He didn't have to worry though. From my cold dead fingers and all that.

November 24, 2013, 06:50 PM
If muzzle loaders count, a civil war musket. North side.

If not, I will have to check my paperwork when I get home, but I'm sure it's a savage 1904 22 rifle

November 24, 2013, 06:59 PM
Plasti, all i can say is wow!!! That's a fine rifle

November 24, 2013, 08:01 PM
Thank u, for the interest in 2 part swaged bullet look up black powder slug guns

November 25, 2013, 06:46 PM
Mosin Nagant 91/30 1933 Hex all matching numbers.

November 25, 2013, 11:42 PM
Oldest known age rifle is my mosin nagant hex receiver stamped 1929.

November 26, 2013, 08:00 AM
I thought a 1929 would be a hex receiver.

November 26, 2013, 09:01 AM
I thought a 1929 would be a hex receiver.
It is. The receiver is in the bottom 1/8 of the picture. The Russians/Soviets stamped the date/mfg/serial on the barrel.

November 26, 2013, 09:19 AM
The oldest longarm I have is a model 1840 Springfield Armory .69 caliber flintlock musket made in 1841. Technically not a rifle though as she is smoothbore, but where it comes to age she wins in my collection hands down.


Next oldest I have is a Colt 1861 special contract musket made in 1862 for the US Civil War. Now this one is rifled. You can see it in this shot with other black powder handguns I have.


November 26, 2013, 08:26 PM
Doh, morcey, I didn't see it on my phone. Please excuse me.

November 26, 2013, 09:34 PM
Plastikomd, Thank you for sharing the photos. Excellent! I really enjoyed the dated targets, what a treasure to say the least.


Black Knight
November 26, 2013, 10:12 PM
The oldest rifle I have is an old Winchester model 190 22lr with a 4X scope. I don't know when it was made but I inhereited it when my father passed in 2002.

November 26, 2013, 11:02 PM
I should toss a target in of mine for the next guy

November 26, 2013, 11:57 PM
mine is 101 years old. springfield 1903 made in 1912.
second place is a steyr M95, turns 98 next year.

November 27, 2013, 09:59 PM
I should toss a target in of mine for the next guy.

That is a good idea.


November 28, 2013, 02:10 AM
[QUOTE=Plastikosmd;9215299]Pierce target rifle/ sniper??

Daniel Ball Bank token rear aperture sight dates to the 1850's

Still competive in the early-mid 1900's and I love to shoot it today

Now that is nice. Do you bare ball, cloth or paper patch your bullets?

November 28, 2013, 07:12 AM
Cross paper patch 2 piece slugs
Nose is 1:10-1:20 tin, rear is pure lead

November 28, 2013, 12:21 PM
An 1887 .577/.450 Martini Henry Enfield, complete with a Wilkinson Sword bayonet.

P5 Guy
November 28, 2013, 01:52 PM
1943 a toss up between my M1 Garand and Remington M1903A3 both are from the fall, last quarter of the year 1943.

November 28, 2013, 03:08 PM
1914 Remington model 14 pump in 32 Remington caliber

November 28, 2013, 03:27 PM
Marlin 410 lever action shotgun from 1929.

November 28, 2013, 03:28 PM
http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/s452/livebattery/TwoWhitworthrifles001.jpg (http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/livebattery/media/TwoWhitworthrifles001.jpg.html)
These are two Whitworth Rifles circa 1863.One is 451 Cal the match rifle is 565 cal.

November 28, 2013, 03:29 PM
http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/s452/livebattery/TwoWhitworthrifles002.jpg (http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/livebattery/media/TwoWhitworthrifles002.jpg.html)
Another view.

November 28, 2013, 03:29 PM
An 1887 .577/.450 Martini Henry Enfield, complete with a Wilkinson Sword bayonet.

That is exactly the same as my second oldest gun.

According to the buttstock markings, it was apparently initially issued to the 24th Regiment of Foot:

November 28, 2013, 07:06 PM
94 Winchester made in 1902

November 28, 2013, 08:13 PM
Swedish Mauser sporterized action 1909, Swedish Mauser Sporterized, 1917, Savage 1899 Takedown, 1915

November 28, 2013, 11:27 PM
Winchester 1885 Low Wall made in 1888

Ignition Override
November 29, 2013, 01:01 AM
Three Enfield #4/Mk. 1s were mfg. in England, either '42-'43. It does not matter to any readers which exact year.

November 29, 2013, 02:16 AM
50's SKS

December 10, 2013, 08:07 PM
I have a sporterized Rock Island Arsenal 1903 made in 1913 with matching barrel and bolt dates. The floor plate has NRA stamped in it. The barrel is dark, but I am working on it, but if I can find another 1913 barrel, I would like to swap it, as the original barrel has the front sight changed, and a dovetail slot was added to mount the rear sight.
I wish surplus stocks were available at a reasonable price, as it would give it the propper look.

December 10, 2013, 08:33 PM
66 winchester 94.

December 10, 2013, 08:43 PM
1893 Turkish Mauser. She aint pretty, valuable, or 100% reliable with surplus ammo, but shes mine.

Vincent Price
December 11, 2013, 04:14 AM
Grandpa's Mauser K98k from 1944. The trigger is a nightmare but the gun is still reliable and has decent precision...

December 11, 2013, 07:17 AM
My oldest is an 1919 Springfield 1903

December 11, 2013, 12:39 PM
1944 .303 British Enfield. Sadly it was sporterized :(
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5035/6928013586_5a974ced6e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubenzamora/6928013586/)
Enfield1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubenzamora/6928013586/) by Ruben Zamora (http://www.flickr.com/people/rubenzamora/), on Flickr

December 11, 2013, 12:56 PM
1798 Whitney (of the cotton gin fame)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/john_bud/muzzleloader/ml1.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/john_bud/media/muzzleloader/ml1.jpg.html)

Also have a double pin fire shotgun / rifle. Don't know the age, but it's old.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/john_bud/muzzleloader/CIMG5990.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/john_bud/media/muzzleloader/CIMG5990.jpg.html)

December 11, 2013, 03:12 PM
Mosin Nagant made pre WWII.

December 11, 2013, 05:04 PM
Winchester 1873 32-20 made in 1883.

December 11, 2013, 05:29 PM
^Nice .32-20 was not offered till 1882...don't know what month.

IIRC only 18, model 1873s were shipped in 1873.
I wonder how many .32-20s were actually made in 1882.

December 11, 2013, 06:37 PM
^Nice .32-20 was not offered till 1882...don't know what month.

IIRC only 18, model 1873s were shipped in 1873.
I wonder how many .32-20s were actually made in 1882.
I didn't know that. Serial number is 1255xx. Amazing shape both metal and wood. Plus a special order 26" barrel.

Warmest Regards,


December 11, 2013, 07:23 PM
Oldest one I have is an 1878 Colt shotgun, serial #3

December 11, 2013, 07:25 PM
43 year old 6 mm remigton

December 12, 2013, 12:32 AM
Bubba-ized 1893 Spanish Mauser in 7mm Mauser manufactured 1902 in Oviedo, Spain.

December 12, 2013, 11:17 AM
1918 Enfield No.1 Mk.III

December 13, 2013, 12:41 AM
1918 Enfield No.1 Mk.III
Beautiful! Thats my oldest too. What yardage is that target at?

December 13, 2013, 08:53 AM
The oldest gun I have is a Stevens visable loader made in 1907.

December 13, 2013, 09:31 AM
M-1795 Harpres Ferry Musket made in 1809 1 of 7348 mfg. that year in fair cond.

December 13, 2013, 10:43 AM
Scoped Quote:
Originally Posted by mokin
1918 Enfield No.1 Mk.III

Beautiful! Thats my oldest too. What yardage is that target at?

That was at 50 yards. Beyond that I start to become the weak link. That rifle is really impressive when I let guys with younger eyes shoot it.

December 13, 2013, 07:49 PM
1912 A.H.Fox Sterlingworth side by side 12 gauge


Oldest rifle is a 1934 Remington Model 33 single shot .22.

December 13, 2013, 10:43 PM
M95 Steyr originally manufactured in 1918.

December 14, 2013, 01:05 AM
1884 Springfield 45-70 Carbine I like it as well as my 1896 US Krag 30-40 Krag Carbine. Both have taken deer and are a joy to shoot.:D

Pete D.
December 14, 2013, 06:07 AM
An 1873 Trapdoor Carbine. Next oldest is a Martini-Henry MK.IV 577-450 from 1885-1887.

Note: that 1798 Whitney....it is a percussion cap gun as shown. Percussion caps did not appear until well after 1798.....about 1820. The fulminate compounds needed for Percussion caps were discovered in 1800. The system for using percussion caps was patented in 1807.
Whitney's original contract with the U.S. Gov't was to produce copies of the Charleville musket, a flintlock. Perhaps the gun pictured was converted from flint to cap.

December 14, 2013, 02:25 PM
My recently acquired Mossberg 151-MB dethroned my 1957 Winchester 94 as oldest, since they were made between 1948 and 1954.

December 14, 2013, 06:58 PM
As far as I know for sure my oldest is a single shot Remington M514. I bought it new for $20 well over 50 years ago. Use to own an old Winchester single shot with the knob you had to pull back in order to cock it. Should have kept it.

Bull Nutria
December 14, 2013, 08:09 PM
Stevens M 66C 22 Buckhorn
Rem M514? 22 single shot with knob you pull back to cock it

December 14, 2013, 11:06 PM
1895 Ludwig Lowe Mauser or 1896 Sweedish Mauser. I need to check the serial numbers to see exactly when they were built but I know the 1895 is pre 1898 (because they all were), the '96 probably isn't.


Joshua M. Smith
December 15, 2013, 12:51 PM
There are some really beautiful old rifles on here which remind me of why I view the AK, AR etc as mere tools.

My oldest is an M1888 German Commission Rifle that was made in Amberg, Germany, in 1892. It has the 1905 conversion and the "S" conversion, which allow it to take stripper clips and the newer, pointed-bullet round known as the 7.92x57JS (or is if you prefer; Infantry, Pointed Bullet). The 7.92x57JS used a 150 grain bullet; the later 196-grain 7.92x57JSS should not be fired in this rifle. The 196-grain round has increased pressure over the earlier rounds. They are all differentiated in Europe; in the US, they all fall under the "8mm Mauser" title, which is a commercial designation only and is a compromise round. In fact, the 8mm Mauser round you find at your local Walmart is based on the 1888 action, and this is why they tend to perform poorly in the 1898 and later Mausers with stronger actions and backup lugs.

After the 1898 Mauser replaced the Gew88, many Gew88/05 rifles were shipped to Turkey, and I have one of those.


When I first got it. $37.50 OUT THE DOOR! Hehehehe... be jealous.

Modified for stripper clips; the original had a Mannlicher en-bloc system.

Made in Amberg, Germany, in 1892

The barrel shroud allows the barrel to free-float for most of its length. That, and the pillar bedding and excellent inletting...

... really speak more of a target rifle than of a military rifle.

It's said that the US fielded target rifles in the 1903 Springfield. Had the Commission Rifle been kept, that honor probably would have gone to Germany.

The one time I shot this for groups, I turned out 1.2 inches with five shots at 100 or 110 yards with relative ease. The load was 45 grains of Varget under a 150 grain Hornady 0.323" bullet, which with its short driving band, lets me replicate the 7.92x57JS round closely. (I did try it with long, 200 grain round nose 0.318" bullets, but they just heated the barrel up too much. The first three rounds were very precise, but then accuracy went to hell. Being expensive anyway, I stopped using them.)

I really enjoy this old girl. The parts which made it poorly suited for general issue to soldiers make it a precision rifle. There are some improvements in that direction which could be made, mostly relating to the trigger, but there were civilian version of this rifle with set triggers so I'll not mess with this one.

It doesn't see as much use as the Mosin, but the magazine is loaded and it's accounted for a few coyotes and other critters.



December 15, 2013, 05:47 PM
Springfield Armory Model 1898 Krag Jorgensen rifle.
That would be mine as well.

December 15, 2013, 07:40 PM
1863 Remington Zouave

white smoke
December 19, 2013, 05:56 PM
1893 Marlin 38-55 mfg. 1894

December 19, 2013, 06:02 PM
1980 Remington 760.

December 19, 2013, 08:21 PM
1900 Oberndorf Swedish Mauser.

December 20, 2013, 11:38 PM
Technically not a rifle.... I own model 1897 Winchester shotgun manufactured in 1913.

December 21, 2013, 09:52 PM

Winchester 1892 made in 1918. It was originally chambered in 44-40 and was re-chambered in 44 magnum in the late 60's. My mom hunted deer with this gun in the early 70's.


December 22, 2013, 01:10 AM
My oldest is a 1864 Spencer carbine. I wish they still made ammo for it.

December 22, 2013, 08:39 AM
Westernfield S-L-LR .22 CAL Made by Mossberg for Montgomery Wards ca.1938.Best shooting .22 I own.

December 22, 2013, 09:45 AM
Forgot about this old thing, don't shoot it.

J. Stevens Pocket Rifle, .44cal, manuf. stamp dates it to their first "factory" 1864-1866.

The Bushmaster
December 22, 2013, 09:54 AM
1948 Winchester Model 94 .30 WCF. Still in service.

December 22, 2013, 10:14 AM
I have two Colt Lightning rifles, both made in the late 1800's one was manufactured in 1889, the other 1897. They are both medium frame, .32WCF (32-20) caliber with 26" octagon barrels. FWIW, they are both good shooters, as they have had their barrels relined and the actions tuned. LM

December 22, 2013, 10:55 AM
I've got a Golcher lock muzzle loader that appears to have been converted to percussion caps. It's probably from the 1840s. It's strictly a wall hanger.

The oldest gun that could be fired is a South African marked Martini Henry dated 1877. Who knows, it may have been at Rourke's Drift.

Jim NE
December 22, 2013, 11:01 AM
The oldest rifle I own is one that my Dad gave me a year or two ago. He bought it brand new in 1935 or 1936 when he was in his mid-teens. (He's now 93.)

It's a Stevens Buckhorn in .22 caliber. I love holding that gun. :) Still works good and the bore is great, but the stock has plenty of scratches.

December 22, 2013, 11:24 AM

This is an old Ithica side by side that I picked up from the original owner several years ago. Or should I say the wife of the original owner. He had passed away several years earlier and she has had it setting in the attic since he last used it. As far as I can tell it is from the 1914 era and has Damascus barrels on it. definitely a gun that has seen it's fair share of field use. It even has a slight bulge in the left barrel to prove it.


December 22, 2013, 01:24 PM
A Winchester Model 1895, made circa 1908 or so. A genuine .405 Winchester, it was Mom's old rifle.

December 22, 2013, 05:45 PM
1938 Mosin Nagant.

December 23, 2013, 01:23 AM
I have a 1917 Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk. 3. The idiot that owned it before me sporterized it, so I ordered a replacement forend and nose cap to bring it back to it's original configuration. I like the all wood look of old military rifles.

December 23, 2013, 03:40 AM
I'll add my 6 year old 39a when I started competitive shooting. Yup, I get it out and keep it warmed up time to time. Accuracy is darn good at 100m with Aquila Match Rifle, sighting in off sandbags on a calm afternoon.

Is older better?

December 23, 2013, 06:43 PM
Jim add a picture of your buckhorn. My buckhorn is a model 56 dating just after yours.

December 23, 2013, 10:46 PM
I think my oldest is the 1903 Springfield. Not sure of the year but it has the Pederson slot in the receiver. I think its older that the K-31 and the k98 Mauser.


December 24, 2013, 12:27 AM
I have my grandpa's Winchester 1886 45/70 from 1899. I don't know what it was originally, but the barrel and magazine tube have been replaced. I'd love to know its history.

February 25, 2014, 03:45 PM
an 1866 french chassepot. as i understand, they are the first production bolt action rifle.

February 26, 2014, 03:05 PM
A Remington #2 rolling block in 32 rim fire. Three digit serial# Probably made shortly after the civil war. Wish I could find ammo.

February 26, 2014, 05:30 PM
1922 Winchester '94 saddle-ring carbine in .30-30


February 26, 2014, 07:31 PM
A 1930's era bolt action Mossberg .410, was my great uncles gun, and 71 year old Mosin.

February 28, 2014, 09:29 AM
Seems I'm going to have to update my first post.

I have a 1944 Mosin Nagant M44. All matching numbers and in excellent shape but nothing else really special about it.
I have a M91/30 Hex, Red Letter, Mosin Nagant Izhevsk built in 1933. It is a Double Date MO 1933/50 “Triangle 25” with all numbers matching. A beautiful example.


A buddy of mine just gave me a Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 45/70 built in 1887. It has been long since sporterized for hunting but well done. I cleaned it up just enough to be able to shoot it and it shoots well.


February 28, 2014, 09:38 AM
1924 mosin with even older receiver (pre-1918).

February 28, 2014, 10:04 AM
1873 Springfield Trapdoor

February 28, 2014, 12:45 PM
I have an OLD camel gun that my parents brought back from a trip to Germany years ago I had it dated and appraised the gun was originally a match lock but was updated sometime around the American revolution with a flint lock. They estimated the date of production to be somewhere around the late fourteenth century to the early fifteenth. Needless to say I've never shot it.

March 2, 2014, 12:23 PM
1927 date stamped m28 finnish mosin

Nicky Santoro
March 2, 2014, 02:27 PM
Mossberg Model 40. Early 1930s.

March 2, 2014, 02:55 PM
1933 Tula made hex receiver Mosin-Nagant rifle..:)

Cee Zee
March 3, 2014, 11:32 AM
I have an OLD camel gun that my parents brought back from a trip to Germany years ago I had it dated and appraised the gun was originally a match lock but was updated sometime around the American revolution with a flint lock. They estimated the date of production to be somewhere around the late fourteenth century to the early fifteenth.

I think we have a winner. That dates to about the time firearms were first introduced in Europe. The Arabs had them before that though. They got the idea from the Mongols. That has to be a very early example of the Arab weapons. They actually made some substantial improvements to the designs and powder.

It's easy to see how Genghis Kahn and the Ottomans were able to carve out such large empires and hold them. If you take a sword to a gun fight you aren't likely to do well.

That camel gun has to be worth a fortune. Pictures????

March 3, 2014, 11:42 AM
1952 k31

March 4, 2014, 01:07 AM
1937 mosin

March 4, 2014, 01:17 AM
1840s English/Indian Black Powder Percussion Damascus barrel 16 gage shotgun.

March 4, 2014, 08:06 AM
I'll post some pics when I get home tonight. The gun has some nice detail as well bone inlay and brass decorations.

March 4, 2014, 08:24 AM
Chinese 1966 sks.:D

Cee Zee
March 4, 2014, 04:53 PM
I forgot to mention that my oldest gun is a 1951 Marlin 15-B, single shot .22. Yeah it's not that old. I was supposed to inherit a Pa. long rifle from my uncle (along with most of his estate) but as usual I got flim flammed right out of it. I'm 3 for 3 on inheritance cases - I've lost every time.

March 4, 2014, 07:43 PM
Here's a pic of my Camel Gun.

March 4, 2014, 07:53 PM
And another

March 4, 2014, 10:30 PM
I own a Uberti copy of a Winchester '73... does that count?! ;)

March 4, 2014, 10:59 PM
My grandmas no-name 22lr. She says "it was old long before I was" she's 78. She can still shoot a tick off of a running dog with it...I am doing good to hit dirt. I once made the mistake of telling her I couldn't hit with it after she "sold" it to me for about 5 times it's worth right before Christmas...Christmas Day she asked about it and I told her I was going hungry if hitting meant eating. She promptly took it outside nailed a empty 20ga hull at 30 yds, same hull at 40, 50, until it went behind a rock at about 70. She asked what the problem was, and to this day I can't tell her. Too bad her health is such that she can't pull even the lightest of triggers now. That 22 was hers from age 6. Being the youngest of 8 and the only girl except for the oldest child. She was often the misfit of the family. So she kept to herself and always came home with a couple catfish, squirrels, or anything else she could contribute to a poor family's dinner table.

March 4, 2014, 11:05 PM
I guess my actual oldest is my 1933 Winchester Model 61, octagonal barreled .22LR. Second year of production, this is a low, 4-digit serial number rifle. Inherited from my grandfather. It will never leave my hands until it is handed to someone by my estate....

March 4, 2014, 11:12 PM
My 1917 Erfurt. Beautiful pistol that one must have felt pretty good about on the WWI battlefield. I also have a 1917 Carl Gustav 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser and both are fine weapons.

March 4, 2014, 11:15 PM
1945 M1 Carbine.

Cee Zee
March 5, 2014, 12:56 AM
Here's a pic of my Camel Gun.

Wow. That's a museum quality gun you have there. Care to tell us what price it was evaluated at? I'd give $2 for it right now cash money. ;) That is one special firearm.

March 5, 2014, 01:17 AM
1863 Springfield contract rifled musket made by William Muir& Co. Acceptance proof marks but never issued.
1889 Stevens Tip-up Ladies rifle Model 14 in .25 Stevens rimfire.

March 5, 2014, 07:52 AM
The guy that estimated it offered me four thousand for it. He also said it is hard to price as it would depend on the buyer. Finding the right buyer it could go for as high as 10,000. Collectors are funny in that they pay more than the actual value of the item just to have it. I took it that the value of this gun is somewhere around 4 to 5 thousand.

March 5, 2014, 08:45 AM
My oldest is a 6.5x55mm.Mauser sporter. The rifle it's self isn't so old but it's receiver is a GEW 98 dated 1899.

March 12, 2014, 10:37 PM
I haven't checked the numbers to get the exact date of manufacture, but I think it's got to be my somewhat sporterized 1898 Krag. I'm not the original owner, of course. Next up would be a Winchester 1894 that a great-uncle bought not too long after handing back his own Krag at the end of the Spanish-American War. Then there's a BSA Martini Cadet rebarrelled to .218 Bee, and my old favorite Winchester 52B from the mid-1930s. I think the only rifles I own from the current millenium are a couple of AR-15s and a Browning BLR. Call me reactionary or maybe just spoiled, but there's not too much on the dealers' shelves these days that I find very appealing. Investment castings and plastic just don't melt my butter.

March 13, 2014, 12:24 AM
most recent addition is a model 1909 Argentine Cavalry Carbine mfg in 1911,
otherwise it was my two Spanish mausers, 1931 & 1932.

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