Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

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Postby ProShooter » Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:42:28

ZipDrive wrote:Out of your collection, what is the oldest functioning firearm that you have?

Mine is a late 1940's Winchester Model 74. The serial number's weren't recorded well enough to give an exact date, but a good ballpark between '46 and '50.



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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Riana » Sat, 10 Nov 2012 01:03:05

My oldest one is probably my 20 gauge bolt action shot gun. A JC Higgins, and it has no serial number on it, so that would make it (at least) pre-70's, right?

Now for non-functioning, I've got a teeny little 32 rimfire revolver that the curator at the NRA museum told me was probably made by Crescent between 1880 and 1900. To be fair, he said it probably would work fine if I could get ammo for it (springs felt good, everything is pretty tight). I just don't need to do that.
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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby AppleaDay » Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:31:48

1913 Nagant revolver still in beautiful shape. I shoot .32 S&W longs or .32 ACP (conversion cylinder) through it once in a while.

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Postby Hocktl » Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:20:08

My two oldest are post towards the bottom of this post.
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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Reverenddel » Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:02:11

1876 Dutch Beaumont Vitelli bolt-action. 11mm/.44 caliber black powder brass cased rounds. The rounds are $40 for 10, but when I shot them? Like setting off a cannon. AND ACCURATE!

I wouldn't have wanted to be on the receiving end!

No docs to prove the story, but my aunt gave it to me, who got it when someone owed her money, and it was his grandfather's supposedly from the Spanish American war. A "trophy".


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby SHMIV » Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:14:57

Don't have any old ones, but I would to add a Clerke First .22 revolver to my collection. But, then, those didn't really function when new, lol.

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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Oakes » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:29:25

1888 Trapdoor until I can make some paper rolled cartridges for a Civil War Galliger Carbine or the late 1700's front stuffer pistol but I need hammer and flint.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby irishtank1212 » Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:51:14

H&R double action American 38 s&w 1890s production ...my granddaddys ....gone to 3 generations of my family and going to my son one day

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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Afrikaner82 » Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:35:13

1884 Springfield Trapdoor. Still working on the reloads. Give the shoulder a hell of a work out.
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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby RWBlue01 » Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:10:09

Springfield Trapdoor 1886 (I think) It shot find the last time I shot it.

Also have a double barreled 12ga caplock shotgun....unknown age.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby HighExpert » Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:33:08

1917 A.H. Fox A grade. Still hunt with it today. Krupp barrels handle 3" mags when needed. Usually 2 3/4".


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby cpttango30 » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:35:37

I have a k98, Jap Type 38, Remington m1917, and a Remington Mod 30 Express.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby MarcSpaz » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:56:24

With the exception of one rifle, all of my weapons are about 2 years old. Its not as glorious as some posted here, but I'm proud to say I bought it new in 1989 and I still have it. It is a Benjamin Sheridan multi-pump, single shot, bolt action 4.5mm pellet rifle. It has a maple stock and a nickle plated barrel.

I put about 2,000 rounds through it while target shooting and small game hunting. It is as strong and true as the day I bought it.

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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby cpttango30 » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:50:16

My dad has an 1888 Marlin he also has some old falling blocks and rolling blocks.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby cpttango30 » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:51:49

Afrikaner82 wrote:1884 Springfield Trapdoor. Still working on the reloads. Give the shoulder a hell of a work out.


Oh like loved shooting my dads trapdoor.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby dorminWS » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:15:12

dorminWS wrote:Probably that "Black Army" 1911 Colt that was made in 1918, I guess.

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I reckon that now my oldest gun might be a Mauser C-96 Broomhandle, 7.63 x 25 manufactured between 1915 and 1921. But the "Black Army" Colt 1911 could also still be my oldest.
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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby wpoppert » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:24:46

1917 Mauser G98 or 1917 Steyr M95/34 (yes, I bought the Steyr against Kreutz's recommendation -- too good a deal to pass up -- don't judge me!)


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Tarheelrebel » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:55:54

I have a wonderful 2nd Model Brown Bess, original flint, made circa 1767 that I have shot--awesome weapon! I have also shot my 1st Model Paris LeMat, circa 1862, and my 1st Model Griswold and Gunnison percussion revolver, circa 1862.
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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Kreutz » Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:15:07

wpoppert wrote:1917 Mauser G98 or 1917 Steyr M95/34 (yes, I bought the Steyr against Kreutz's recommendation -- too good a deal to pass up -- don't judge me!)


Oh, the gun is fine and dandy; but did ya buy ammo for it yet? :doh:

The straight pull takes getting used to if you're accustomed to the more common turn-bolt action.


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Re: Oldest Functioning Firearm In Your Collection?

Postby Metalingus » Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:28:05

I have two that my dad gave me. First is a Winchester Model 66 .22lr tube fed from stock. Self loader plastic chassis. For something from the sixties or so it shot dam accurate after sitting in a closet for god knows how long. The other I don't dare shoot. Lefever Arms side by side 20g. Dual trigger, internal hammers, breech load. Works, but there's some center rib separation at the breech so I don't have the nerve to try live ammo. My dad says it was used when his dad gave it to him when he was 7. Don't know where it came from or how old it was.

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