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Old March 26, 2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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What is the oldest cartridge handgun you own that you still fire?,,,

What is the oldest cartridge handgun you own that you still fire?,,,

Mine would be Margaux,,,
My Model 1892 8mm Lebel,,,
Date stamped on the barrel 1903.



So Margaux is eleventy one years old this year,,,
Last year I got real lucky and scored 550 rounds of new Fiocchi ammo,,,
So now I can actually shoot her on occasion and not use up my six rounds of original ammo.

I had been nursing a box of reloads I bought from Gad's Custom Ammo,,,
But the 550 rounds of new stuff I bought should last me a long time.

I ran three cylinders of six rounds through her,,,
I kept all of the shots on a 10" paper plate at 25 yards.

It's not like I want to shoot her too often,,,
I just really have no interest in owning wall-hangers,,,
If I can't find ammo and shoot a gun I really don't want to own it.

So, post some pics of your shootable senior citizens,,,
Let's see what our grandfathers used.

Aarond

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Old March 26, 2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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Mine is a S&W M1917 which dates to 1918. I still shoot it and it's 1919 dated brother from time to time.
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Old March 26, 2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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That's a tough one...

The oldest one I have fired is my Mle 1873 French Ordnance Revolver. I cobbled up some ammo for it and fired it back when I was working for American Rifleman.

There's also the Stevens Tip Up .22... Not sure how old that one is, probably early 1900s, but .22 Short is hard to find, and I'm pretty sure it's a black powder gun, so I've largely retired it, too.

I guess the oldest is my circa 1910 S&W Military & Police in .32-20.
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Old March 26, 2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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Not as old as the ones mentioned, but it's a Smith & Wesson .38 M&P dated to 1920.

Here it is hanging out with my Highway Patrolman, in case any of you have missed the pics I've posted of it in the past.
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Old March 26, 2014, 12:31 PM   #5
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Hello Gentlemen,,,

Hello 10-96,,,

Your 1917's,,,
Are they chambered for .45 Colt?

Many years ago, back when Dinosaurs ruled the earth,,,
I had a chance to accept one of those as a gift,,,
I knew nothing about S&W revolvers then,,,
I turned it down so it went to a cousin,,,
I thought ammo for it didn't exist.

I claim the ignorance of youth on that one.

Hello Mike,,,

You have Margaux's older sister.

I got to thinking about your 32-20,,,
I don't remember ever having fired that cartridge from a handgun,,,
I remember one old coot my Pop drank with had a rifle he let me fire a few times.

For years the only ammo I could find for Margaux were reloads,,,
Gads Custom Ammo made them from cut down 32-20 cases.

I have fond memories of an Uncle, a log, beer cans, and a pair of Stevens .22 pistols,,,
Could you safely fire CB Caps through that pistol?

Aarond

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Old March 26, 2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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I don't don't have any really old handguns ...

I do have some milsurp rifles that are pushing 100 or more .....

.... including a Gew.88 that is turning "Eleventy-twelve."
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Old March 26, 2014, 12:40 PM   #7
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"Could you safely fire CB Caps through that pistol?"

I'd probably go with some of the Aguila primer-only stuff, but to be honest, I've not been that interested.
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Old March 26, 2014, 12:46 PM   #8
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My 1903 Colt 32acp made in 1906 also have a 1908 vest pocket 25 that was made in 1911.
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Old March 26, 2014, 02:58 PM   #9
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Hello 9mmfan,,,

Quote:
Here it is hanging out with my Highway Patrolman, in case any of you have missed the pics I've posted of it in the past.
Pics can be posted many times,,,
It's what I was hoping for when I started this thread,,,
I want to see some pictures of guns I might not know about,,,
In particular guns that one can still find ammunition for and take shooting.

Who knows what a new or old pic might send me hunting for.

Thanks for that nice pic of your fieryarms,,,
Now if mavracer would post a pic of that 1903.

Aarond

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Old March 26, 2014, 03:43 PM   #10
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Not recently, but I have fired my S&W Model 1, 2nd Issue (also both my 3rd issues, but they are newer). Worked fine, and cartridge handguns don't get a lot older. We tend to scorn those little guns except as collectors items, but they were respected in the day.

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Old March 26, 2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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Last weekend I shot my Erfurt Luger 9mm (1914-18) and my Colt 1917 (1919). Both worked just fine. I also gave my 1864 Remington New Model Army a little exercise, but that's not a cartridge gun. My Colt Vest Pocket Hammerless .25ACP (1913) is also great fun to shoot and very accurate. My 1922 Colt .380 Hammerless is one of my best shooters and my stepfather has a 1910 edition that still works great.

I think I like old guns...
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Old March 26, 2014, 04:07 PM   #12
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S&W 4th Model top break in 32 S&W. Its a black powder era gun, and thats what I load it with.

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Old March 26, 2014, 04:10 PM   #13
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My girls. S&W 1917, 1918 Webley MK VI in .455, and a 1883 Webley R.I.C. in .450 Adams. All have been shot, they are sweet shooters too. Unfortunately the 1917 does not have original grips and the 1883 was reblued somewhere along the line. As they were given to me by my grandfather, I dont really care. They are gonna be shot and kept around for a while.

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Old March 26, 2014, 04:47 PM   #14
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There is an ulterior motive to this thread,,,

There is an ulterior motive to this thread,,,
It's not a sinister or illegal motive,,,
It's because of a gun show.

Wanenmacher's will be in Tulsa on the 5th & 6th of April,,,
I want to see some pictures of guns that I might want to look out for.

I would not mind owning another shootable antique,,,
That S&W Model 4 that AK103K posted,,,
It really caught my eye.

And that Webley themalicious0ne posted,,,
Dang but it makes me want to rent Zulu again.

Aarond

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Old March 26, 2014, 05:03 PM   #15
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Colt M1917 made in 1917, S&W M1917 made in 1918.
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Old March 26, 2014, 05:08 PM   #16
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Oldest gun I still shoot eh? That would be this 1914 production US Springfield 1911.

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Old March 26, 2014, 06:04 PM   #17
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I have this old gun . . .
Colt Frontier Six Shooter. Serial number indicates it was made in 1897. But, I know that the frame is from the 1950s, and the barrel from the 1980s.
As near as I can tell, only the cylinder, grip straps, and ejector system are original. So, how old is it?
The last "old" gun I shot was a Colt model M, .380. IIRC, it was made in 1912.
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Old March 26, 2014, 06:08 PM   #18
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I have a S&W break top in S&W 38 DA belly gun use at SASS side matches.
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Old March 26, 2014, 06:36 PM   #19
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I occasionally shoot and carry a Colt 1903 32 ACP that was one of the early ones made in 1904 with the bushing reminiscent of the 1911 that came later. Once in a while I shoot a Colt New Service made in 1900 in 455 Eley. One day I'll take the trouble to rework more 45 Colt brass down into 455 and put it into more regular service, or maybe not. The bluing is still unusually good. If something went bump in the night the gun I'd most like to have in my hand is my 1909 45 Colt New Service. With the war record of those martially marked New Services nothing I would ever face could be more than trivial compared to what that old gun has seen. On a day to day basis the one I live with in my dotage is a Colt Single Action 45. The serial number shows its manufacture date as 1902, but it is one of those that was sent back to Colt in the 50's to be re-barreled and have the cylinder replaced. When I found it in a gun shop it was in sad shape internally although the bore was still good, and it had most of the bluing and some of the case hardening from the 50's. I replaced all the springs, the cylinder bushing, and the hammer, adjusted the trigger pull, and turned the barrel to get her back to shooting where she looked.

None of these are really old guns. Old guns are Colt percussions and Smith & Wesson top breaks. These are just the guns I read about as a child in the American Rifleman and always wanted.
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Old March 26, 2014, 06:42 PM   #20
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The only handgun I have made prior to 1974 or so....

is a S&W pre model 10 ...a Victory model / made in about 1945.../ but that's not "old" compared to what you guys are discussing...
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Old March 26, 2014, 07:19 PM   #21
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Mine would be my Colt Army Special in 38 Spl. - 6" barrel - made in 1910. The old girl shoots great for being 104 years old.
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Old March 26, 2014, 07:33 PM   #22
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1918 DWM Luger 9MM
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Old March 26, 2014, 07:51 PM   #23
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My fathers 1873 single action

1873 Single action. Its chambered in 44-40. My dad says he was told it was made in 1881. We dont shoot it alot, but it does get fired every 4th of July.
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Old March 26, 2014, 08:34 PM   #24
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Aarond- both of my 1917's are chambered in .45ACP and both have stepped cylinder holes. It's my unnerstanding that the first S&W 1917's had smooth cylinder holes all the way through. Then somewhere along the line, someone opined that if a step was added for the ctg to headspace off of- GI's could drop the rounds in the holes and fire without the absolute need of moon clips.
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Old March 26, 2014, 08:39 PM   #25
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S&W First Model 1899 Hand Ejector with 3 digit serial number. It doesn't get out often, but it does get a couple of cylinders of light loads run through it each year.
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