My first gun is my oldest. A 20 gauge bolt action Revelation probably made in the mid to early sixty’s. This thread has made me asking myself why do I not own some older guns...?
Absolutely beautiful!I call this crowd 'The Magnificent Seven' They are all 1890 Winchesters dating between 1895 to 1905. They are.22 Long, .22 Long Rifle, and .22 Winchester Rim Fire chambered rescues I have done over the past 10yrs. The only caliber missing is the .22Short. I gave that one to my brother in Virginia. View attachment 119885 View attachment 119886
The third rifle from the top is a .22 WRF manufactured in 1907-08 stamped with a South African Export number on the barrel. It is all original without alteration or refinishing the metal or wood.
WOW ! That is a really nice keeper. I love those old pumpkin rollers. Long live the old singles in a class all their own. 🤠All my old guns get shot fairly often, and almost all are pre 1890 manufacture. My oldest is 1875, and is a Ballard #4 1/2 A-1 Extra in .40-63 Ballard Everlasting. Just used it in a long range shoot in October.
Thanks! The Marlin Ballard rifles from 1875-1891 are my favorites, and have occupied most of my time and monies for several decades now.WOW ! That is a really nice keeper. I love those old pumpkin rollers. Long live the old singles in a class all their own. 🤠
Back in 2003 a lady brought me a Ballard she had inherited from her Grand father. The stock was badly damaged, plus some of the parts were missing. I convinced her to take it to a restoration shop in Kansas for repair/restoration. I would have loved to had that rifle, but I could not afford it at the time. Always the timing huh.Thanks! The Marlin Ballard rifles from 1875-1891 are my favorites, and have occupied most of my time and monies for several decades now.
This is another from about 5 years later than my 4 1/2 Ballard. A #6 1/2 Rigby Schuetzen rifle in the same .40-63 caliber, with special order double set triggers. A rare option on the #6 1/2 Ballard. And the optional rosewood stocks.
Well sometimes they can tell their story. I own 4 or 5 old single shot rifles that I have documented provenance of the owners and know exactly where they've been. One is a Pope barreled Ballard that has 3 interchangeable barrels, and has HM Pope's 1888 patented takedown system. The fitted case is marked "LG Pridy Denver, Co." and I purchased it from an estate. LG Pridy used this rifle when he was a member of the Denver Rifle Club that set the new Team World Record score of 9,956 out of a possible perfect 10,000 in 1919.I have always wondered what stories these old guns could tell. Too bad we will never know what they have seen and done.
You're welcome! Old schuetzen rifles, and old single shots with provenance is my main area of collecting. I am very interested in tracking down history of firearms that have some history that can be traced and documented.This is a beautiful collection of rifles . Thank you for posting them and their histories. It is good that some of the old guns can tell their own stories.