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Old 02-08-2010, 04:13 AM   #1
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I joined just to ask this.
Years and years ago... probably 30 years back I'd say, when I was a young girl, my parents cut down some bushes in front of their house.
I was out there, helping drag the cut bushes away, and I spotted something on the ground where those bushes had been. I picked it up, and assumed I had found a toy gun. It was very rusty. Parts were missing from it as well, but for some reason I couldn't throw it away. I was told later that it is in fact, a real gun.
I still have it, and wondered if anyone here could tell me what it is. i have a couple of pics...


Thank you for any info you can share with me, it's been a mystery for several years (decades, even!) now.
Susan.

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Old 02-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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Default Old Revolver

It is an old spur trigger revolver from around 1880 or so.
Not able to give you any more details due to condition.
It would originally looked something like this.

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
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1880? really? how fascinating! thanks so much

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If only that old pistol could speak, huh?

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I know! there's no way i could ever find out it's history... but i think it's very cool!

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I know! there's no way i could ever find out it's history... but i think it's very cool!

Hey Susan...

There might just be a way to track it's history if you can gleen off any markings and discover who manufactured the gun originally. I cannot see your pictures here on my work computer but if you could post any markings that you've found on it I could do a little research for you..
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Hi Oldman,

I think you may smile when you do see the pictures. Looks like it has spent most of its life under ground. Condition resembles a first world trenchfind.
However watched a program once were some sort of Xray was used to read markings on a rifle dumped in the sea 20 years previously. If you would like to take it this far Susan let me know and I will do some further research.

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Interesting find! Was the hammer locked back like that when you found it? Or did you pull it back while fiddling with it?

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i've looked it over, there are no visible markings left on it. my parents have owned their house for probably 50 years and those bushes were mature when they moved there, Mom said. thank you for the offer to look up any markings, i probably won't take it so far as to try to x-ray it.
the hammer was locked back when i found it, it is rusted solidly back.
i just think it's fascinating to know how old it is! it has a place of honor in a collection of old, found items in my kitchen window.

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Feel ambitious?

Really want to find out more info?

Try this:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f33/removing-rust-22548/#post217742

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