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Old July 3, 2022, 11:39 AM   #1
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Some old handguns

I was going through my vault the other day doing my semi-regular dust and oil routine when it came to me that I have held onto a few handguns that had made it to 100 years old or older. It's not like I didn't know they were there, but hadn't really thought about how old they were. I also have a few revolvers that have surpassed the century mark, but since this is a forum dedicated to autos, I'll stick to autoloaders.

Oldest so far is this Springfield Armory 1911, made in 1914. I do know the back story on this one and why it is in the condition it's in:

Next in chronological order is a couple of WWI era German guns. Top is a 1916 dated DWM Artillery LP08 and below that is a C96 Mauser, also from 1916:

A Colt 1911 made early in 1917 and shipped on 18 April, 1917 to the C/O Philippine Ordnance Depot, Manila, PI

Another Colt, this one was shipped from Colt's Manufacturing to the C/O Springfield Armory, Springfield MA on 28 March, 1918:

Shifting back to Germany, this DWM P08 Luger has a chamber date of 1920 and was issued to the Berlin Police, Central district:

Last of all and having just turned 100 this year, is my M1914 Norwegian "Kongsberg Colt" made in 1922:

Any body else have a few hundred year old autos kicking around?

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Old July 3, 2022, 12:48 PM   #2
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Very cool. Thanks for posting.
(Nice photography too.)
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Old July 3, 2022, 01:41 PM   #3
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I have had pistols that passed the century mark, but currently don't have any semi autos that old. Revolver, rifles and shotguns, yes, several of those.

Nice pics, nice guns, thanks for sharing!
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Old July 3, 2022, 02:55 PM   #4
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Great post, HP'06. That Norwegian Colt is especially nice...being of Norwegian decent, I've always been interested but never have never seen one close up. Thx...the Luger is a virtual twin of one in my collection, but mine's in .30 Luger caliber...and while it's superbly accurate (once I learned the trigger), it's truly a gold plated witch with a "B" to hand load for. Thanks for sharing. Rod
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Nice! Love seeing these works of art from history!

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Old July 3, 2022, 03:35 PM   #6
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Some old handguns

Beautiful guns you’re showing us here

I have just a few

1904 DWM Parabellum model 1900

1908 DWM Parabellum model 1906

1913 DWM Parabellum model 1906

1922 Waffenfabrik Bern Parabellum model 1906

1917 DWM Luger artillerie LP08

1913 colt 1911

1922 S&W Perfected target pistol (oups, just realised it doesn’t belong here as it’s not a semi auto)

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Very, very nice Classic12.
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Old July 7, 2022, 07:09 AM   #8
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My oldest is an Mle 1873 French Ordnance Revolver dated 1876.

Probably my second oldest is a Stevens spur trigger .22 single shot from right around the turn of the century.

I THINK my oldest semi-auto is my Polish Radom, made under Nazi occupation in probably 1943 or so.
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Old July 7, 2022, 08:44 AM   #9
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My oldest hammer fired handgun was made in 1903, a S&W DA model 4. My oldest hammer fired semi-automatic is a Colt 1903 that was made in 1906.

My oldest striker fired semi-automatic is a Savage 1907 that was made in 1913.
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Old July 7, 2022, 08:53 PM   #10
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got a 1911 made in 1918 by the s/n
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