Welcome to the "I'll bet I've got the oldest _________" thread.


TGT Addict
Jan 21, 2013
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.


Jan 27, 2013
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

(so far, I'm the winner.....)
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1911 Nut
Lifetime Member
Jan 23, 2009
New Braunfels, TX
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.


Active Member
Feb 11, 2013
Burnet County TX
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.


Feb 19, 2013
Austin, TX
"Gurkha Martini" or "Nepalese Martini" or "Gehendra" 1880-1889?

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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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