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.