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    Just for interest's sake, I'll bet there are all sorts of rare, interesting, or just down-right old firearms in the collections of many on this forum. If you're interested, please post the make, model, serial # range and date of manufacture with some proof to how you verified it's age. No prizes for being in possession of the oldest, just a little personal satisfaction. I'll start with apologies for lack of paragraphs, the forum's software compresses everything I write. I bet I have the oldest: Colt 1911 ser. # 186XXX built in 1917: The Colt Heritage book. Lee Enfield Short .22 Mk IV* built in 1915 as per the date stamped on the Knox form. SGW CAR 15 ser. #1XXX mid-'80's from the Olympic Arms website. Lee Enfield No.4 MkI built in 1941 as per the date stamped on the Knox form. John Inglis manufactured BHP Mk I* ser. # T1XXX Built in 1944.
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    Whisky

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    an 1862 cap and ball, perhaps used in the Civil War (British made, Tower lock w/date and "Crown" stamped on it) - used to shoot it back in the 60s/70s but gave it to my Son (who, hopefully, still has it..) - it's around a .50cal - I used to mold the bullets (balls) and, of course, it's black powder.

    very similar to this : http://relicman.com/weapons/zArchiveWeaponMusketEnfield.htm

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    TexasRedneck

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    1710 German flintlock pistol, validated via appraiser in Atlanta, GA.

    Early 1700's Indian trade flintlock pistol, likely for tribal chief because of amount of silver and MOP inlay - exact date unable to certify by same appraiser.
     

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    1890's Nickel plated American Bulldog pistol in very good condition. Not sure if it's black powder .32, or S&W .32. Afraid to try it with a modern cartridge. This was the first handgun in my younger daughters collection.
     

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    "Gurkha Martini" or "Nepalese Martini" or "Gehendra" 1880-1889?



    View attachment 25183 View attachment 25184


    Almost the oldest rifle I have. Handmade in Nepal in the late 1800s. Can't get an exact date, but they began manufacture in 1880 maybe earlier.

    I have a Lebel dated 1889, but I don't have pictures of it at the moment. I also have a Martini long lever from 1870 but I haven't taken any pictures of that yet either. That would be the oldest one I know the exact age of.

    I actually have a lot of photos of "old" guns on my blog, Ye Olde Gun Porn (Blog) , but those would be the oldest.

    View attachment 25185 This is the oldest revolver I have a photo of. I also have a Webley in .455 dated 1917.
     

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    My 1911 and BHP: CIMG2053.jpg
     

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    I got a rock. It was the one Cain used to kill Abel.
    Not as old as your rock, but I do have a ballista projectile used by the Romans during the Jewish revolt at Gamla in 69C.E. From Wikipedia:(Gamla (Hebrew: גמלא‎) was an ancient Jewish city on the Golan Heights, believed to have been founded as a Seleucid fort during the Syrian Wars.[SUP][2][/SUP] The site of a Roman siege during the Great Revolt of the 1st century CE, Gamla is a symbol of heroism for the modern state of Israel and an important historical and archaeological site.[SUP][3][/SUP] It lies within the current Gamla nature reserve and is a prominent tourist attraction.) This nasty bit of ordnance weighs 181/2 pounds and I had it mounted on an Olive wood display stand I had custom made for it in Ballista.jpg Israel.
     

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    My SGW CAR 15. Above it is a semi-auto AR I assembled from an M16A1 parts kit and a NODAK SPUD lower. CIMG2052.jpg
     

    Mikeinhistory

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    Not as old as your rock, but I do have a ballista projectile used by the Romans during the Jewish revolt at Gamla in 69C.E. From Wikipedia:(Gamla (Hebrew: גמלא‎) was an ancient Jewish city on the Golan Heights, believed to have been founded as a Seleucid fort during the Syrian Wars.[SUP][2][/SUP] The site of a Roman siege during the Great Revolt of the 1st century CE, Gamla is a symbol of heroism for the modern state of Israel and an important historical and archaeological site.[SUP][3][/SUP] It lies within the current Gamla nature reserve and is a prominent tourist attraction.) This nasty bit of ordnance weighs 181/2 pounds and I had it mounted on an Olive wood display stand I had custom made for it in View attachment 25193 Israel.

    Cool rock


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    Not as old as your rock, but I do have a ballista projectile used by the Romans during the Jewish revolt at Gamla in 69C.E. From Wikipedia:(Gamla (Hebrew: גמלא‎) was an ancient Jewish city on the Golan Heights, believed to have been founded as a Seleucid fort during the Syrian Wars.[SUP][2][/SUP] The site of a Roman siege during the Great Revolt of the 1st century CE, Gamla is a symbol of heroism for the modern state of Israel and an important historical and archaeological site.[SUP][3][/SUP] It lies within the current Gamla nature reserve and is a prominent tourist attraction.) This nasty bit of ordnance weighs 181/2 pounds and I had it mounted on an Olive wood display stand I had custom made for it in View attachment 25193 Israel.

    Oh wow.

    Are those just left lying around on the ground over there? Lol, can you bring one of those home as carry-on luggage?
     

    ROGER4314

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    I'll submit my small collection of 4 Coprolites...............fossilized mammal poop! I collected them in honor of our members of Congress who ARE fossilized poop! They look just like poop minus the smell and are pointed on one end.

    I have not been able to post new pics for a long time but here's a Wikipedia page about them.
    Coprolite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    How old are they? How long does it take to turn poop into rock? Answer....ONE term in Congress!

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    Oh wow.

    Are those just left lying around on the ground over there? Lol, can you bring one of those home as carry-on luggage?
    There's all sorts of stuff laying around Israel, especially from the '67 and '73 Wars but I had to work for this. I watched a video presentation of the story of how the defenders were kept off the ramparts by a steady volley of ballistas while Roman Sappers undermined the city's walls. I deduced that since the city was built along the spine of a camel-shaped ridge (Camel=Gamla in Hebrew) there might be some of these projectiles that had rolled down into the valley below. It took quite a while but I finally found one barely poking out of the earth, dug it up and took it back to camp. It came back with me on a military flight and thus avoided customs.
     

    TheDan

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    Two oldest guns I have is an 1898 91/30 and an 18...96, if I remember correctly, Chilean Mauser. The Mosin shoots just fine even after all these years. The Mauser is still wrapped up in the oily paper it's been stored in for the last 100 years, lol... I need to get around to cleaning it so that I can display it.
     
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