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Any idea what the first one is? I think the bottom is a colt .45 but not 100%. They are my grandfathers and I've only seen the pics I just posted. Haven't gotten a chance to look at them in person.

My uncle claims one is from 1847.
 

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The top one is a fairly new RG or similar low priced revolver. The bottom one could be a colt model 1873. If it is it was made after they changed to the newer style cylinder pin retainer(around 1897 or so the change took place). Need a better picture.
 

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Niether one is from 1847, one looks like a colt, and the pearl one looks like a high standard or something, the colt I believe is this century, from the bakelite grips. The other have no idea, high standard as the brand is a wild guess. Iver johnson comes to mind for the pearl gun too.

But there cool non the less. I suspect they are post war guns probly,1947
 

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We REALLY need better pictures. Just not enuf pixels when we enlarge them to see details.

I agree neither is from 1847, since cartridge arms were not yet born (1857 for the .22 rimfire, 1872 for the Colt 45)

Agree that upper revolver is an inexpensive gun- probably not RG, but Iver Johnson or Harrington & Richardson may be strong candidates.

Agree the bottom is a Colt revolver, caliber uncertain- they were made in several. Grips are not bakelite- that was known as a hard rubber grip, and was in use in the 1870s on.
 

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I went out to his house and the smaller one is a H&R 9 shot 22 and the other is stamped sept 18 1871. It's a .45 caliber colt. Everything is in good working order still after all these years.

It was passed through the generations. It was his grandfathers grandfathers. He bought it in Texas



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The other is his kabar from Vietnam.
 

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The Colt wasn't made until after 1896. That's when the spring loaded cylinder latch came into being.
 

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The Colt wasn't made until after 1896. That's when the spring loaded cylinder latch came into being.
It's stamped 1871. There is another date on it that I can't read stamped underneath that one. January something 18 something.
 

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Cobra, those are patent dates. They are ALWAYS earlier than the date a gun was made.
 

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top one looks like a 1950s-1960s h&r 32 cal.
 

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You might be able to get a MFG date by checking the serial number on the .45.
 
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