What is the oldest handgun you own?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by txpossum, May 2, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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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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  2. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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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
     

  3. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    I've often wished for a time machine.
     
  4. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I used to have an old high standard Supermatic 102.

    Probably from the 50s...
     
  5. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    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.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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!
     
  7. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    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.
     
  8. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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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.
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    H&R Sportsman.

    1930 something - Serial #260
     
  10. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Kewl. The nazi proof marks certainly give it a little extral historical interest.
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    My Marlin Standard revolver was made in the 1880's.
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    My crustiest is the CZ-52 from 1953.
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    1960's Ruger Single Six that still looks new.
     
  14. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I wonder what those prices would be today if you calculate the dollar's inflation since 1970 until today. I wonder if the prices would still be cheaper or the same for today's equivalent gun parts. Oh, I was born in 70.
     
  15. darthjkf

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    My dad has a 1937 Walter Ppk possibly used by the Gestapo. :creepy;
     
  16. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    According to the US Gubbmint, inflation since 1970 has been 600 %. One dollar then is six dollars now.


    And I am not believing that for very long.
     
  17. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Thats about right-
    I spent $1,043.97 for 4 freekin tires for my truck this mournin :(
     
  18. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Beretta Jetfire 950BS. No idea what year it was produced but could be as early as 1968. My others are 1990s or newer.

    My buddy has all his in my safe since he hasn't one, no idea their age. A rusted up 20ga, semi auto Winchester 12ga, Colt python and anaconda and a couple rifles I know nothing about. They're probably all older than my guns because he's in his 50s and had them long time.
     
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  19. gunsmoke11

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    S&W 1st Model DA .44Russian, 1881.

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  20. Gatoragn

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    I have a High Standard and an H&R, both 22lr I need to research.

    I have a Ruger Blackhawk made in the 200th year of The USA, says so on the barrel.

    But most of my stuff is young.