Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Speedo66, Mar 25, 2019.
These two entries, purchased by my great-grandfather sometime between 1900 and 1910. my grandfather had the rifle "reblued" sometime in the 1990's which to me is something of a tragedy. It's nicknamed "the Hungry Rifle" as it's said when I pull it out something is going to be lunch. Despite it's age, once you understand the weapon it will knock pop cans off a fence post at 70 meters all day long.
Nice, what calibers are they? What brand and model revolver?
Looks like a 32-20 to me The bullet weight is the giveaway. That and the straight case.....well...almost straight. A 25-20 would have a visible bottle neck
It shows it's age in that it was a farm tool used for general hunting and to fend off any animal predators well into the 1940's, but the bore would rate close to a 8 or 9 out of 10. It's bright and shiny with no spotting or pits. The front sight blade must have come off at some point and was replaced by a carved piece of wild boar tusk ivory. It's a bit worn down now, but not so much that I can't compensate by raising the rear semi-buckhorns. Consequently, I've left it alone.
Here it is with a mix of Miroku and Uberti made 1873's. It's in the middle behind two Miroku's and in front of a Uberti and a carbine made by Euroarms
P.S. I made a typo on the manufacturing date. Instead of 1881, it should have been 1891.
I have a Mosin M39 built on an 1894 octagon receiver.
I have a sporterized M1898 Krag on an 1898 receiver with the original barrel.
They are both 32-20. The rifle a 92 Winchester and the handgun a Colt (not sure about the model.) The revolver was a special order in that caliber from the factory.
Great story and rifle history, fantastic that you can trace it to the original owner, in your family no less! My folks came over from Europe around the turn of the previous century and stayed in NYC, so no family firearms legacy.
Oh, and nice collection of '73's!
Thanks for sharing the photo and the history!
The bore looks like a family of hogs moved out of it but it will still deliver acceptable hunting accuracy at 100 yards.
The next oldest is a Winchester Model 1892 that started life as a 25/20 and at some point was bored out to utilize the 32/20 cartridge.
It dates from 1906.
This one here dates from 1910, Marlin Model 1893 chambered in 30/30
And finally another Winchester Model 92 in 25/20, it dates from 1912.
I bought it out of a collection last spring.
Oldest complete rifle is a Carl Gustav M96 from 1915. Still wins matches. I do have a mystery rolling block. Numbers and markings are sanitized/destroyed and it currently wears a .38-55 barrel, so could be from anytime. Got it really cheap and put away for a project gun. Bore is a sewer and needs some small parts. I did blue pill it with a really long string and a .375 win and it didn't Kaboom.
Good idea using rubber straps on those hanging targets, I never thought of that!
The oldest that I still shoot is an 1873 Trapdoor Springfield. With a close second going to either an 1873 Winchester, or a Trapdoor Carbine.
Other notable older rifles are 1898 Krag made in 1898. 3, 92 Winchesters. M91 M-N hex reciever made in 1915. M96 Swede made in 1917. Winchester P17 made in 1917. And a DWM P08 made in 1917.
Pic of me shooting in southern NV a few years ago... this was my first 'selfie' I ever took, not even knowing what a selfie was...
The oldest rifle I own is a Marlin 1881 in .45-70, manufactured in 1887(Top rifle in photo). Exterior is a little rough, but the bore is excellent and it is in good mechanical condition.
The runner up is a Model 94 Winchester in .32 Winchester Special, manufactured in 1906(Second from the bottom). It is in good condition, the bore is not quite as good as the Marlin but still decent.
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