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Old April 11, 2014, 03:57 PM   #51
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You guys have helped me out,,,

You guys have helped me out,,,
I have decided that I want a top-break of some ilk.

It's a type of handgun that I don't have,,,
Perhaps an older S&W chambered in 38 or 32 S&W.

Thanks guys.

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Old April 12, 2014, 08:00 AM   #52
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I had a Sharps Pepperbox that was made sometime in the 1870's
I would fire it on occasion. It wasn't very accurate, but was an attention getter.

Unfortunately, it was in my house when it burned down two years ago. I don't even have a picture of mine. They burned too.
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Old April 12, 2014, 11:04 AM   #53
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What is the oldest cartridge handgun you own that you still fire?,,,

A hammer less top break Iver Johnson 38 in stainless. It won't hit the broad side of a barn

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Old April 13, 2014, 05:15 AM   #54
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1925 Colt police positive special .32-20. Barrel's a little too long for CC, but it's one of my two favorite field/ trail guns. The other's a Ruger single-six .32 H&R mag.
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Old April 13, 2014, 03:01 PM   #55
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I have a 1903 Colt, dated 1919, that I still fire occasionally, and a DWM Luger from 1916 that I haven't fired as of yet, but will, eventually.
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Old April 13, 2014, 08:10 PM   #56
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Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32ACP made in 1908, and a 1908 Vest Pocket .25 ACP made in 1915:





DWM Luger, made in 1920:


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Old April 15, 2014, 08:02 AM   #57
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VIS P-35 Radom dated late 1942-early 1943.
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Old April 16, 2014, 09:29 PM   #58
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Empire State Arms Company .38 S&W. It's over 100 years old. I shoot it once in awhile, but not too often.
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Old April 17, 2014, 08:56 AM   #59
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Back before I burned out on doing cowboy matches, I would occasionally break out this S&W 2nd Issue Model 1&1/2 .32RF tipup if a pocket pistol was called for. They were made from 1868 to 1875 but I don't know what year of the production run my example's serial number corresponds to.


This shows it opened and with the cylinder positioned like the "ejector rod" is punching out an empty:


Use this brass to make ammo for it:

http://www.dixiegunworks.com/product...oducts_id=8154

Haven't shot it in probably more'n a decade, but I have in the past and could again today if the urge came upon me.
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Old April 17, 2014, 09:09 AM   #60
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Interesting... I have a similar gun ( mine is shoot-able, but yet un-fired by me ) I have a collection of Navy Arms 32 Rimfire, just haven't had the guts to pull the trigger on mine... I should look into the 22 black / brass set up you linked... even if fired as blanks, just to say / show it works...

my understanding, is the cases are eccentric so the rims line up only a portion of the way around... did you have trouble loading a cylinder full, & having everything line up
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Old April 17, 2014, 06:21 PM   #61
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my understanding, is the cases are eccentric so the rims line up only a portion of the way around... did you have trouble loading a cylinder full, & having everything line up
It's just a matter of putting 'em in the chambers with the rims oriented so that little bit of .22 rim that's on the edge lines up with where the hammer nose hits. Never (knock on wood) had one rotate out of alignment between chambering it and trying to fire it. Yet.

BTW, that's a neat old flap holster you've got next to that .32 S&W topbreak single action on page two of this thread.
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Old April 17, 2014, 06:33 PM   #62
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This one. My 1918 Black Army. Here is last years memorial shooting of 50 shots at 15 yrds off hand. Lots of scatter at times but then the rest o the time it just banged them in there.

I am about to change all of the springs in it for this years outing.
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Old April 17, 2014, 06:49 PM   #63
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Webley MK VI .455

One thing either good or bad about the Webley MK VI in .455 Webley is that many were converted to fire .45 ACP with moon clips. If they have been converted it brings the price down from its original configuration. Many have been converted from back in the day. If a top break revolver is one you wanted with available ammo, this is an option for you. As I said though, it will not quite be original. I'm not sure if someone can help me out here but I am not sure whether or not the original cartriges can still be fired through one.
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Old April 18, 2014, 09:21 AM   #64
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One thing either good or bad about the Webley MK VI in .455 Webley is that many were converted to fire .45 ACP with moon clips. If they have been converted it brings the price down from its original configuration. Many have been converted from back in the day. If a top break revolver is one you wanted with available ammo, this is an option for you. As I said though, it will not quite be original. I'm not sure if someone can help me out here but I am not sure whether or not the original cartriges can still be fired through one.
No. Once a Webley has been shaved, there is way too much headspace for the thin rim on the 455 Webley case to work properly. If you have a shaved Webley, it has to be used with mild lead bullet 45 ACP handloads in clips or 45 AutoRim cases.

Do NOT fire full power 45 ACP ammo, especially jacketed ammo. The pressures involved are far too high for the Webley, which was originally designed for black powder.

http://britishmilitariaforums.yuku.c...m#.U1E0MKLKijw

The oldest handgun I shoot is my Mk I birdshead Webley, with very mild lead bullet handloads.
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Old April 18, 2014, 02:17 PM   #65
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i have two dating back to the early 1920's

a Harrington and Richardson 32 S&W 2nd model small frame hammerless bicycle gun and a Walther Model 9. Exact years of manufacture unknown for both.


well the harrington and richardson wont post because i have already posted it on this site before.
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Old April 18, 2014, 02:54 PM   #66
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The oldest I still have is a S&W 1926 3rd model made in 1930.



The oldest I use the most is an H&R Sportsman made in 36.

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Old April 18, 2014, 02:56 PM   #67
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Here's an adaptor to shoot .455 Webley in those cylinders "shaved" for .45 ACP or .45 AR.http://www.ebay.com/itm/455-Webley-C..._qi=RTM1562571
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Old April 18, 2014, 04:20 PM   #68
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WW1 Revolver

I have a Colt 45 ACP 1917 Army revolver which was arsenal reconditioned-I shoot standard 45 ACP 230gr FMJ in it.
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Old April 19, 2014, 11:37 AM   #69
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I just bought my first 1911, and I have a CZ75 and a Couple 357 Mag revolvers (38 special). The 45acp, 9mm and 38 Special all came about around the same time right? The oldest rifle cartridge rifle I own is a Marlin 1895 (45-70).

I think I misunderstood the question. The OP meant oldest handgun not oldest cartridge right?
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Old April 19, 2014, 02:22 PM   #70
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Libia

I didn't have any entries until this weekend, when I finally got to the range to fire my new old Libia .25 ACP. It is an inexact copy of the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket pistol, made by a Spanish firm between the end of WWI and the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, so it is somewhere around 80 years old, may a bit more. My wife and I found this example while cleaning out the home of a relative who passed away a little over a year ago.



The picture actually shows up larger than life size. The overall length is 4-1/4 inches.
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Old April 19, 2014, 03:45 PM   #71
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Colt Model 1903 born in 1915 per the serial number.
Runner-up is a 1920 DWM Luger.
Both work just fine, and probably still will if/when I get as old as they are now!
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Old April 19, 2014, 11:19 PM   #72
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Oldest handguns I shoot are a 1917 DWM Luger, a Colt New Service Target made in 1920, and a Webley Mk. VI made in 1926 (last year of manufacture).
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Old April 20, 2014, 03:25 AM   #73
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I didn't have any entries until this weekend, when I finally got to the range to fire my new old Libia .25 ACP. It is an inexact copy of the Colt 1908
More accurately, it is a near copy of the 3rd variation FN/Browning Model 1906, which predates the Colt. The Colt, when introduced, used the same safety that was used on the second variation FN.

John Browning originally designed the little .25, which, by agreement, was to be sold in Europe and the rest of the world by FN, and in North America by Colt.

Whomever produced this gun took extra pains to use features as found on the FN guns rather than copy the typically simple "Ruby" type construction.
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Old April 20, 2014, 06:09 AM   #74
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1911a1 from the 50's.
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Old April 20, 2014, 06:49 PM   #75
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I just now started firing a Colt 1903 built in 1919.
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