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Curious as to what the oldest gun you take to matches to shoot?  I love the old guns but budget wise can't afford so have replica's.  I am planning in picking up a nice Winchester 73 at next years Winter Range.  Not for matches but just for collection and non match shooting. 

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Got a bunch that I shoot occasionally. 

 

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I've yet to shoot this one in a match.  Colt FSS made in 1881.

 

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Marlin 1889 in 44WCF.  Shot it in a couple of matches. 

 

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Original 1887 12 gauge first year manufacture.  Shot it in one match.

 

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Colt 1878 10 gauge (foreground)  12 gauge (background).  I shot the 10 gauge in a New Year's day match.

 

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Original Winchester 1873 3rd model in 38WCF.  Shot in one or two matches. 

 

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Two Colt .41 Long Colt Thunderers. 1899 Parker 10 gauge double just for fun a few times each year.  :D

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Not something that got used much, but here's my brother JB Sledge using an original '73 carbine that was made in 1876 or '77.

 

Dutch

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I have a Winchester '86 in 38/56 that was made in 1891, I've used it in long range side matches. Also have a Colt Lightning in 38/40 that was made in 1891.

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Colt Lightning Rifle made in 1884 in 44-40 and numerous Winchester 16 gauge 1897 shotguns made from 1903-1941.

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Shot a few matches with a '97 Winchester made in 1902.

 

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32 minutes ago, Randy Saint Eagle, SASS # 64903 said:

I don't have any really old guns but Saturday I shot with a shooter who turned 90 a few months ago.

 

Randy

I didn't know Lickskillet Charlie had a recent birthday.  Ole Skittles holds up purdy good for his age. :lol:

 

Kajun

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I just retired my 1872 S&W #3 Russian, I still shot it, just not in matches.

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I am reasonably certain that this is by far and away the oldest gun I've ever shot a match with, and certainly the oldest one I own.

 

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I am not sure exactly how old it is, or even which model.   As you can see, the model number is obscured.

 

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It's either a model 63 or a 65.   Serial number is in the 17000 range.   It's a sweet shooter.

 

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2nd Gen Colt 

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My pocket pistols. 

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I haven't gotten a chance to shoot it yet, but I plan on it soon.

From what I can find, the serial number places it made in 1888 with 34,120 made in Rifle configuration.

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1888 S&W for side matches.

 

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1870s Eclipse for the fun of it.

 

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I have a '99 '97 that I shoot now and then. The barrel is pretty rough but Johnny Meadows says the bolt isn't original. What do I know? Mostly I shoot '87's of later manufacture.

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Great-Grandpa's 1884 Trapdoor

Great-Uncle's 1897 12ga 

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Winchester 1873 .32 WCF made in 1890, shot in one CAS match per year.

Remington Model 1878 'Lifter'

 

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Up until two years ago I shot a Hammered "Husky" Double in 16 ga.  made in 1884  at every Match... Now I still shoot it about half the Time ....

 

Jabez Cowboy

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American Arms Fox Patent Sideswing 10g made between 1870 and 1872. Not often, because it's a clumsy thing to shoot, but it gets out a couple times every year.

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I've got a pair of new model #3's that i shoot occasionally in matches.  1870's vintage.  But i regularly shoot an 1847 British Coast Guard pistol at the range.  Lots of fun.  My oldest gun.

Wildcat O'Shea

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I'll play the comic relief... 1970s era Charles Daly 500 is my oldest one.
All the rest are 1999 to 2019.

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I have since retired him, to just pasture plinking, but my oldest single action handgun would be a Colt single action, shipped in 1922.

 

The other is for long distance...a model 1895 Winchester, saddle ring carbine, made in 1915.

 

For Wild Bunch fun, I use a 1911 Colt, shipped in 1918.

 

W.K. 

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i guess my 1887 shogun born in 1909 today , i have an early 1880s pocket/derringer 22 revolver but its more for 'look' - i dont shoot it in matches 

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I have used a first-year production 1897 (retired)

I currently use an 1887 12ga. dated to that same year.

Danish rolling block action mfg. in 1882

 

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It's hard to believe that guns made in 1920 are now 100 years old.   

As I see what others are mentioning, it suddenly occurred to me that I have many non antiques that have passed the century mark, or soon will.

Edited by H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

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Model 1884 Trapdoor. Marlin model 1878 22 revolver.

 

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4 hours ago, Krazy Kajun said:

I didn't know Lickskillet Charlie had a recent birthday.  Ole Skittles holds up purdy good for his age. :lol:

 

Kajun

Ole Skittles may be close but I was talking about Deadwood Miner, July 4th we'll celebrate Blue Boys 101st birthday.

 

Randy

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1886 from 1887 re-chambered to 45-70.  Haven’t been able to shoot it in a match yet, but hope to soon. Besides a new chamber and rifling, it just got new wood.  The old stocks were “shot”.C6431E7D-444D-4D85-A08F-079BB7697549.thumb.jpeg.6b83502de8b7cf72fff51ff2f7aa7762.jpeg7338DA4F-BE29-4CDB-879E-BA0EBD9DA46E.thumb.jpeg.6b670d9d2362398908e4c03706b5e09d.jpeg

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I always shoot an 1891 vintage Winchester 1887 shotgun. I sometimes use either an 1887 manufactured in 1888 or one manufactured in 1897 

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I often shoot an 1891 vintage Winchester 1873 Musket.

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I have shot an 1870's vintage Merwin Hulbert,

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a 1873 vintage S&W First Model Russian,

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a late 1800's vintage S&W New Model 3.,

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and two 1897 Winchester shotguns of 1903 and 1908 vintage.

 

I do have two S&W pocket pistols and a Trapdoor Springfield that I have yet to use:

 

A Second Model Safety Hammerless manufactured in 1888,

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a Second Model DA manufactured in 1880/1881,

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and the Trapdoor manufactured in 1886.

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Colt 45 made in 1901.  It left the factory as a 4 3/4 38-40.  I've put a couple thousand rounds through it.  These days it gets shot 2 or 3 matches a year.

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by the way, this is the gun you see in my Avatar, raised in recoil and silhouetted against the flame from the .45 in my right hand

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Me.....

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