Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crest117, Aug 1, 2020.
I have taken one of my .45-70 Trapdoors out to 1000 yards on steel buffalo silhouettes.
Only have a few at the moment, but always have some and enjoy them.
... that got rebarreled to 30-06.
Does that count?
My 1918 .410 Enfield gets quite a lot of range time thanks to the relatively cheap ammo and the kids like shooting it.
My M1917 and 1918-vintage '03 do get shot, but honestly the WW2 era guns- A3, Garand, Carbines- see more action.
My oldest handgun is a '17 production Luger and its a blast!
It was fun and I'm glad I did it but I think I'll stick to my old '06 for hunting.
Got antelope with a Shiloh Sharps and lots of varmints too.
1873 Trapdoor, 1861 Springfield Rifled musket, 1842 Springfield musket, Styer 1895 long rifle in the original 8x50,
As soon as I can 'Turn Off' the barrel and load properly I'll fire the flintlock pistol. I could load it from the muzzle but that just doesn't mean as much to me. I can't determine an actual manufacture date but the stopped operation in 1816. So that firearm is no less than 204 years old.
Add guns using the colloquial definition of antique (100 years old) and the list is huge. Most of my collection is at least 100 years old including a couple Krags. The list includes several turn of the century top break revolvers that mostly shoot black powder cartridges. A bunch of turn of the century "Art Deco" semi autos. The most interesting are the 100 year old plus semi autos. Winchester 1907 and 1910 as well as the Remington model 8.
Nice, the can looks period.
And its funny how that Autocorrect worked out- "lathe 19th Century" indeed!
Offhand: If you ever want to unload one of those beautiful rifles, give me a shout cause I dearly love a fine Kentucky Rifle. They are all shooters.
N-SSA competition with Civil War arms including artillery. Yup bunky, we shoot cannon with live ammo for score. Here's a link to illustrate some of what we do-
Note that in the opening shot looking down our National firing line, the line extends to position 73, meaning we can put 73 eight man teams on the firing line at once.
No other shooting sport competition shoots as a team. All targets are breakable and shot against the clock. Scoring is based on targets broken/time elapsed/targets left. Now if the plague thing would just let up a bit, we'd get back to having fun.
According to the BATF, a cartridge firearm made before 1899 is an antique.
My 45-70 Trapdoor left Springfield in 1883. Previously I was blind as a bat and needed really thick lenses to see, and even with corrective lenses I could not see a target beyond about 25 yards very well. I had cataract surgery in late January and early February, and can now see 20/20 with my right eye, about 20/30 with my left. Can't wait for some cooler weather to see how well I can do with my old Trapdoor.
Found this terrific old Winchester Model 1894, chambered for 30WCF last year. Made in 1895. I have only had it to the range once, pre-cataract surgery. Can't wait to take it to the range again.
This 44-40 Winchester Model 1892 left the factory in 1897. For my first few years in CAS it was my Main Match rifle and came to every match with me.
This 38-40 Winchester Model 1873 left the factory in 1887. It has not been to the range a whole lot, I need to remedy that once the weather gets a little bit cooler. I only shoot this one with Black Powder.
I know this is the rifle section, but this pair of Smith and Wesson New Model Number Threes comes with me to a CAS match about once a year. The blued one shipped in 1896, the nickel plated one shipped in 1882 and was refinished at the factory in 1965. Both are chambered for 44 Russian and only get shot with Black Powder.
Difficult to date this Merwin Hulbert Pocket Army since all the records burned up many years ago. This open top model was produced sometime between 1881 and 1883. 44-40, it only gets fired with Black Power too.
A fairly recent acquisition is this Remington Model 1875. Probably left the factory sometime around 1875. Chambered for 44-40. This model often shot very badly because the chamber throats were way oversized for 44-40 bullets.
I was actually very happy that all the bullets went through the targets pointy end first and did not tumble and key hole the targets. Yup, just 15 feet, but I was happy they all stayed on the paper and none key holed.
Chronologically, the next oldest rifle in my collection would be my P-14 Enfield.
My competition 1842 Macon 69cal smoothbore and a 7 shot 25yd group.
My dad with his favorite gun- 1863 Sharps carbine, 54cal paper cartridge. With his squad in a specialty event, the targets at 25yd were 1/2in marbles and ping pong balls all hanging on strings, 5 of each. He got all 5 marbles and 4 of the ping pong balls with that gun while the other four guys on his squad struggled to hit that last ping pong ball.
A brace of 1863 Sharps flanking an Enfield Musketoon. The Enfield is one of my competition carbines and is 58cal. It's an honest to goodness 2moa gun with iron sights.
Annnnd we also shoot artillery in live fire competition. This gun is a full sized rifled howitzer designed for cavalry use in rough terrain. Bore dia is about 3in. At this particular match, we had our best showing yet and finished 4th out of 12 guns on the line. My position serving the gun is normally #1 or #2 but the muzzle blast is so obnoxious that nobody stays in the normal crew positions as the gun is fired.
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