I shoot Colt 1873 Models. While I have 2 new ones, I've shot some of these guns that were built before the War, the Spanish-American War that is. You shot any autos that old?
Really--How did you come across a situation like that (very few people get that opportunity as classic good to pristine guns are worth lots of money and thus rarely fired)? Come to think of it, didn't they just astronomically
appraise one on the NRA's "Guns & Gold" show on The Outdoor Channel? I hope you took pictures or even filmed it.
John Browning was just starting to design semis in the late 19th century (I believe?) as that platform (for handguns) was in its infancy even in Europe. Yet there are videos of made in 1911 1911's still being fired today.