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Old 05-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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The oldest handgun in my safe may not actually not mine; my wife has a Remington .41 rimfire derringer that was passed down through her family (along with a .50 caliber Sharps). As these were made into the 1930's, and I have never tracked down the date of manufacture, it may be newer than my Smith mentioned below. BTW, if anyone knows where I can actually find .41 rimfire ammo, let me know.

The oldest one of mine is a Smith and Wesson Hand Ejector Third Model, made (if I am remembering correctly) about 1903. I was cruising pawn shops looking to see if there were anything interesting, and came across a Smith Model 10 for $150 (this was about five or six years ago, but it was still a good price at the time). For some reason I didn't buy it (mebbe because I already had one), but after thinking about it overnight I came to my senses and went back. Of course it was gone. But there was another Smith in the case, the finish worn to a bluish-gray patina and some pitting in the barrel, but it locked up tight and was still shootable. They wanted . . . $100.00 for it. Figuring anything shootable with the name Smith & Wesson on it was worth a C note, I took it home. I orignally thought it was an old M & P, but a closer look revealed that it was the M & P's daddy.

Probably the majority of the guns I own (and buy) are older models -- not this old, of course -- as I prefer a nicely blued steel frame gun to a composite or even stainless steel. As a matter of fact, I don't own any composite or polymer guns. Yep, there are a few dinosaurs that still walk the earth.

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The factory stamped date on my S&W 19-3's box is Dec. 16 1970.

Just for fun, here are some of the prices listed for parts in the, one sheet, fold out manual:

Barrels (2 1/2", 4" or 6")..................$19.40
Frame, round butt ..........................$38.85
Rear sight assembly ........................$10.00
Cylinder, with extractor, pins & gas ring ..$21.75

Refinishing, either blue or nickel - $12.85, change of finish - $16.60

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The factory stamped date on my S&W 19-3's box is Dec. 16 1970.

Just for fun, here are some of the prices listed for parts in the, one sheet, fold out manual:

Barrels (2 1/2", 4" or 6")..................$19.40
Frame, round butt ..........................$38.85
Rear sight assembly ........................$10.00
Cylinder, with extractor, pins & gas ring ..$21.75

Refinishing, either blue or nickel - $12.85, change of finish - $16.60
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I used to have an old high standard Supermatic 102.

Probably from the 50s...

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I used to have an old high standard Supermatic 102.

Probably from the 50s...
My father shot Bullseye competition with a High Standard Supermatic Citation years and years and years ago. Often wish I had one, but never came across the right deal when I had money to buy.
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Have a few from the "Nineteen Oughts". Probably the oldest CARTRIDGE arm in the safe is a Harrington & Richardson .22 revolver- 7 shot, marked "22 RF". Because there was a Short and a Long only- it predates the .22 LR cartridge.

That would put the date of that one between 1871 and 1887. Yep- still shoots!

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Have a few from the "Nineteen Oughts". Probably the oldest CARTRIDGE arm in the safe is a Harrington & Richardson .22 revolver- 7 shot, marked "22 RF". Because there was a Short and a Long only- it predates the .22 LR cartridge.

That would put the date of that one between 1871 and 1887. Yep- still shoots!
My wife's father had some interesting old guns, most of which her mother still has. One of them is an old nickle-plated H & R .22 that I would like to talk her out of. I like the old break-top guns, but don't currently own any. The one I've made her a standing offer to buy is a long barreled Smith Model 48 .22 magnum revolver.
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I have a French 1935A manufactured between 1942 - 1944, after the Nazis invaded France and captured the arms factory where this pistol was made. It easy to date because of the German proof marks. My father brought it back from WWII and gave it to me on my 21st birthday in 1969.

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H&R Sportsman.

1930 something - Serial #260

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I have a French 1935A manufactured between 1942 - 1944, after the Nazis invaded France and captured the arms factory where this pistol was made. It easy to date because of the German proof marks. My father brought it back from WWII and gave it to me on my 21st birthday in 1969.
Kewl. The nazi proof marks certainly give it a little extral historical interest.
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