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Retired Bum
April 30, 2014, 20:27
My oldest S&W is a Triple Lock made in 1914. It is one of 5000 made for the British and chambered for the .455 Webley Mark 2 round. No import marks but plenty of British proof marks and Not England Made stamped. In original condition and I would rate it about 70 percent finish wise. I have shot it with Fiocchi 262 grain RNL factory ammo and my handloads using the Fiocchi cases and a 255 grain LSWC. Nice slick action as one would expect from a Triple Lock. But the tiny rear sight notch makes it difficult to hold a steady sight picture.

My oldest Colt is a Police Positive Special chambered for the .38 Special. Made in 1935. Factory nickel plated and it has the original serialed number wooden grips with the Colt medallions. I'd rate this Colt at 95 percent. I shot it one time with HBWC handloads and then turned it into a safe queen.

I only own one foreign made revolver and it a Tula Arsenal M1895 Nagant made in 1931. Fairly decent condition and my guess is that it was re-arsenaled before being imported in to this country. I shoot it with Fiocchi 7.62x38R factory rounds. Found a dealer with five 50 round boxes and bought them for a Ben Franklin which is more than I paid for the Nagant with its holster back in 2000. Typical super heavy DA trigger pull but the SA pull isn't too bad. It even shoots to point of aim with the Fiocchi rounds.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

SPEEDGUNNER
April 30, 2014, 21:44
I just picked this bad boy up by accident. My FFL called and said his neighbor had dropped off a couple pistols owned by her father and one was a S&W. Knowing I like Smiths he gave me first shot. I had to buy it, look at the condition. Dates from the 1890's...

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4da23b3127ccef5918ca0270c00000030O00EZtGzNq4cMQ e3nws/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00108853604320140402215718455.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

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Couple of spots of slight discoloration to the nickel but otherwise in almost like new condition. Action is tight and smooth. Had to have it!

Brush511
April 30, 2014, 22:00
My oldest is an Iver Johnson Second Model Safety Automatic Hammer Model that was my Great Grandfather's. He is said to have brought it with him when he moved out here from Indiana in the late 1890's. I think it was manufactured somewhere between 1896 and 1898 or 1899. It is nickel plated, 5 shot, .38 S&W with a 3 1/4" barrel. It's fairly loose and I wouldn't shoot it.

Next oldest is a Colt Army Special in .32-20 with a 6" barrel that I bought about 3 yrs. ago and posted here. It's a sweet shooter. It was made in 1913.

Next is a Colt Police Positive Target Model in .22 WRF, 6" barrel that was my Grandmother's. I traded my Brother a '49 Ford F1 for it and 600 rounds of ammo. It was made in 1920.

Then a year ago I bought a S&W Model of 1905 in .32-20 made around 1930.

hairygreek
April 30, 2014, 22:59
Sorry it's so big. Rast-Gasser M1898, made in 1902, from Austria-Hungary. This one used in Austrian army with 2 units through WWI, sold out of service in 1933 and proofed in Czechoslovakia. Somehow came here. Only gun to shoot 8mm Gasser round. Open the loading gate and the trigger functions to rotate the cylinder without firing. The frame opens on a hinge, which is neat.
http://partisanrifles.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/8/0/21804620/3474510_orig.jpg

Retired Bum
May 01, 2014, 00:26
hairygreek,

Now that is an interesting revolver you have. The Austro-Hungarian Empire replaced the Rast-Gasser 8mm revolver with the Roth-Steyr M1907 chambered for the 8mm Steyr and then replaced it with the Steyr-Hahn M1912 chambered for the 9x23 Steyr. I would have thought that the Rast-Gasser would have been out of service by the start of the Great War. But then revolvers were used by the US Armed Forces up until the adoption of the Beretta 9mm M9 pistol. The local Air National Guard unit, the 181st Fighter Wing (F-16's) didn't get their M9's until 1992....

And so it goes.


The Retired One

hairygreek
May 01, 2014, 00:37
hairygreek,

Now that is an interesting revolver you have. The Austro-Hungarian Empire replaced the Rast-Gasser 8mm revolver with the Roth-Steyr M1907 chambered for the 8mm Steyr and then replaced it with the Steyr-Hahn M1912 chambered for the 9x23 Steyr. I would have thought that the Rast-Gasser would have been out of service by the start of the Great War. But then revolvers were used by the US Armed Forces up until the adoption of the Beretta 9mm M9 pistol. The local Air National Guard unit, the 181st Fighter Wing (F-16's) didn't get their M9's until 1992....

And so it goes.


The Retired OneYes indeed. All kinds of older weapons were used in WWI, and some beyond WWII. I do believe the Roth-Steyr officially was a cavalry pistol, and the Steyr-Hahn was an army pistol.

deavis
May 01, 2014, 00:41
Colt 1909 New Army 45 Colt!

FUUN063
May 01, 2014, 00:51
Hmmm, I would have to dig around in the basement to see which is the oldest. But, going off memory (which is sometimes the worst thing to do), I think my Smith and Wesson #2 Army .32 may be my oldest revolver.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/SWModel2Army001.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/SWModel2Army001.jpg.html)


Also a very nice condition #1 3rd model which I cannot hit crap with at 7 feet!


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/SW1stModel002.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/SW1stModel002.jpg.html)


And I just picked up this beauty at a local gun show with its original box.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/SmithandWesson32SingleAction003_zpscaf7c07d.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/SmithandWesson32SingleAction003_zpscaf7c07d.jpg.ht ml)
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/SmithandWesson32SingleAction002_zps2984633e.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/SmithandWesson32SingleAction002_zps2984633e.jpg.ht ml)


Leland

bouncer50
May 01, 2014, 03:57
Let see, My oldest is a french made in 1875 in 11mm. Next would be a 1894 Webley mark 1. A Colt single action in 38-40 made in 1902. A Colt new police in 32 Colt made in 1905. A S&W made in 1917 in 455 cal. A webley made in 1919. So do i win the prize.:wink:

jugrunner
May 01, 2014, 15:10
I believe Leland wins ... :wink: ... Frenchie don't count ...

FUUN063
May 01, 2014, 18:03
I got some foreign stuff, too. Their almost as cool, but there's something about old American steel.

By the way, my #2 Army is lettered to July, 1865. The #1 3rd is about a year later. Don't know about the boxed one, but I will be willing to bet it's a few years after those.:biggrin:


Leland

genmeagher
May 01, 2014, 20:59
My two oldest are an 1858 Remington New Model Army I got years ago and an 1860 Colt Army that my Dad gave me.

My oldest cartridge revolver is a Colt D.A. in .38 LC from around 1906, I believe. It's a civvie model.

I used to have an old busted 1861 Remington Navy that was converted that I got at a yard sale (lady thought it was a cap gun) that I traded for an old Mex copy of an 1873 Peacemaker that I traded for an Enfield Jungle Carbine that kicked like a mule.

jugrunner
May 03, 2014, 11:55
Hmmm, I would have to dig around in the basement to see which is the oldest. But, going off memory (which is sometimes the worst thing to do), I think my Smith and Wesson #2 Army .32 may be my oldest revolver.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/SWModel2Army001.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/SWModel2Army001.jpg.html)

Leland



After looking at this for 3 days ... I promise to never post another pic of a revolver

FUUN063
May 05, 2014, 01:35
Oh, please post more. I like old guns. I got some more old ones, too, like this very early hand ejector 1st model which I think is about 1896. The rear sight is also the cylinder stop (bolt). Kinda' cool, too.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/OldSmithandWesson001.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/OldSmithandWesson001.jpg.html)


And my French Model 1892 revolver was actually manufactured in 1894. Another pretty neat cartridge revolver.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/FrenchMle18928mm001.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/FrenchMle18928mm001.jpg.html)
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/FrenchMle18928mm004.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/FrenchMle18928mm004.jpg.html)


Leland
:fal:

Varangian
May 11, 2014, 09:52
Colt M1894, made in May of that year.

VonCroy27
May 12, 2014, 19:01
My one and only revolver is a S&W U.S. ARMY Model 1917. 3 digit serial number and marked "UNITED STATES PROPERTY".

FUUN063
May 12, 2014, 19:45
Hey, VonCroy, I got one of those Smith's, too. Mine was made in 1918 and in very nice original condition. They shoot pretty well, too.


Leland

Jay-H
May 12, 2014, 20:02
Remington New Model Army

http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad52/kyhondaz/2014-05-11_1149121_zps2ee2c7e9.jpg?t=1399942858

.30-06
May 13, 2014, 20:22
I have a Smith and Wesson model 1, 3rd issue in .22 short. The pistol is still in good enough condition to shoot, now I just need to find some ammo...On top of that, I have 2 pre 1899 Colt DA pistols in .41 LC. Both commercial models.

K. Funk
May 13, 2014, 21:03
Not officially in my collection, but currently in my possession...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=415703551

Pretty neat old piece.

krf