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Except for my 1914 '97, about 25 years, give or take.

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1875 Trapdoor carbine

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On 5/19/2020 at 2:57 PM, Kid Rich said:

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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Plumb forgot my Argentine 1911 made in 1927, my Trapdoor and my 1917 Brazilian S&W 45 acp.

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Do my Ithaca/SKB shotguns count? They are the oldest I shoot in CAS.

Don't believe I have a single firearm that is truly pre-1899. The hammer L C Smith my dad squirrel hunted with is not even that old although close.

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Original first gen Colt 1860 .

I only shoot it one or two times a year .

 

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My oldest firearm is a Colt New Service in 45 colt made approx mid year 1916. I've shot It a couple of times during our winter "bring what you got shoots".

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My single trigger Stevens 315 was made back in 1925. My model 12 is 1950. My stainless Rossi 92 is one of 2000 limited edition stainless saddle ring carbines made in 1975. 

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1865 Burnside for Plainsman.

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I have a Trapdoor Carbine made 2nd qtr 1874. Has no Provenance, but is of the correct serial # to have been a “Custer” Rifle.  My Pard tells me I should carve “GAC” in the stock, scratch it out, and put “SB” on it. :)
 

 

  I shoot it at plainsman matches 2-3 times per year. It’s a fine, tight old gun. Really a great to shot it and wonder where all it’s been. 

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I’ve been known to shoot my 1873 made in 1887 along with my 10 gauge Greener made sometime in the 1880’s together at a batch along with cap guns. The cap guns are new. I also like to shoot that shotgun with an 1892 made in 1912 and a colt made in 1927. The 92 has a big loop lever and the Colt has stained yellow faux ivory grips with finger grooves. 

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1865 Spencer carbine. Slow but fun. 

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I've got a couple of Remington(Swedish) Rolling Blocks made 1868 and 187? I shoot occasionally at long range matches.

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A Winchester 1892 .44WCF and an 1897 solid frame, both made in1898.  Now and then, not every match.

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Oldest gun I've shot was a 1899 Iver Johnson in .38 short caliber. My father-in-laws grandfather was a train detective back in the day and I inherited his revolver. I shot a couple rounds through it once just for fun. The oldest gun I shoot on a regular basis is a 1972 T/C Contender in 30/30.

 

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My oldest are my two 1897 Winchester shotguns.  One is from l;ate 1918 and the other is from early 1919.

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Either my 87 made in 1888 or the one made in 1887.  Currently it's the "old girl".

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This my oldest 1867 7 mm Pinfire. Also a 1879 trapdoor and a 1878 model 3 S&W

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Shooting an old side lever double W. Richards - probably 1870 era. 

 

 

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The oldest gun that I shoot in competition is my 1883 Remington 10ga hammer double.

 

 I also have an 1898 model ‘97 Winchester and a couple of ‘97s made in 1906.

 

Before the ban on other hammered pump shotguns, I also shot an 1893 Winchester made in 1896 and a Model 19G Marlin pump shotgun made, (as near as we can tell) in 1900.

 

Still have all of them!

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Oldest I used in Plainsman is my 1875 dated Snider carbine and 1876 built Trapdoor. Oh yes, and the Civil War era Sharps carbine converted to .50-70 in 1868.  In Civil War Skirmishing it’s my 1864 or 65 Maynard Type II carbine.  Lots of smoke and fire with black powder from all these old irons. 
 

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On 5/21/2020 at 5:01 PM, Clueless Bob said:

1865 Burnside for Plainsman.

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I’ve shot that rifle! 

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My 2nd Gen Colts are really not all that old, the top one left the factory in 1973, the lower one in 1968. But they come to almost every match with me.

 

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My Stevens hammer gun is pretty old, it left the factory around 1908. It is my main match shotgun and comes to every match.

 

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My Marlin Model 1894 left the factory in 1895. I brought it to the first match I attended about 20 years ago. I should bring it again sometime.

 

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About once a year I will bring my almost matched pair of S&W New Model Number Threes. The nickel plated one left the factory in 1882, was refinished at the factory in 1965. The blue one shipped in 1896, part of a large shipment to Japan.

 

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My Merwin Hulbert shows up about once a year. It is difficult to date these. This one probably shipped around 1881 - 1883.

 

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Sometimes I bring the Merwin Hulbert and one of the S&W NM#3s.

 

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About once a year my Trapdoor makes it to do a little bit of long range shooting. It left the factory in 1873.

 

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We don't shoot Cowboy Trap around these parts any more, but when we did my 1909 vintage WInchester Model 1897 with its 30" full choke barrel made a pretty good trap gun. Won a couple of matches with it.

 

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i guess i shoulda read closer - i thought it was "oldest" we shoot in this venue , i reread after seeing some responses , ive revised response to 1853 enfield and an undated kentucky flintlock rifle of mid to latter 1700s vintage 

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I have a Joseph Manton sxs 10ga made approx. 1831 my dad passed down to me that i still have never fired in a match. (ive only ever fired each barrel once) i may have to do just that to take the record of  "oldest gun fired in a match" ;)

 

i have a buddy with a 1500's rail gun that ive been trying to get him to sell to me for over a decade, it has 3 barrels, each barrel has a touch hole. that would be cool as all get out to use in a match as a shotgun!

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That would be my granddad's 97 shotgun made in 1902........Thanks Grandpa!!

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used to be my 97, but my lemon squeezer is two years older

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Remington Rolling Block model 1 45-70 made pre 1890, 1887 10 gauge 30" made 1892, Remington 1882 10 gauge 32" made 1883, Winchester 97 12 gauge 30" made 1906, Hopkins and Allen hammerless safety police revolver 3" 32 S&W made 1901, American Gun Co (Crescent Arms model O) 12 gauge 30" made 1900.  KMart Boito SxS 12 gauge now 20" (otherwise it weighed 15 lbs) made 1975, Pair of Ruger OMV Bisleys made 1995. Like to keep those old ones belching flames and smoke a few times a month. 

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My father-in-law left me with his grandfather's Iver Johnson top break .38 revolver. He was a train detective for the Southwestern railway. I  shot it just once, Patient stamped on the grip is 1899. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Highwall said:

My father-in-law left me with his grandfather's Iver Johnson top break .38 revolver. He was a train detective for the Southwestern railway. I  shot it just once, Patient stamped on the grip is 1899. 

 

 

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is that an actual picture of yours? the one in the pic is a first model should have the patent dates on the top of the barrel, 3rd models had it on the grip and the dates dont jive, those side latch "safety hammer" first models where only made for 2 years, 1894-1895

 

i own at least one of nearly every pistol iver johnson ever sold, including an 1858 remington and a 1911, and i still cant get my hands on a side latch first model in 38... i have 2 in 32, one blued one nickel but not a single first model 38 has ever even been in my hands let alone in my collection...

 

 

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