I posted a pic of my C&R guns on a firearms forum last night and it got me to wondering, just how many guns I own that are older than me. I sat down with the older ones around me and looked for dates of manufacture on them. That was easy with the old combloc weapons - they were all dated. It was not so easy but still not all that difficult to determine at least a date range of manufacture for the rest of them.
1) Ortgies in .32 Auto, probably made in the late 1920's.
RIFLES: (When it came to rifles, I had some checking to do. They are listed by order of age, oldest first.)
1) Mosin Nagant 91/30 - manufactured 1939 at the Izhevzk Arsenal.
2) Mosin Nagant 91/30 - manufactured at the Izhevzk Arsenal 1943, bent bolt.
3) Mossberg 44 U.S. - these were made between 1943 - 1946 and mine has an early serial number.
4) Remington 241 Speedmaster - these were produced between 1934 - 1951. While there is no date code on the barrel, judging by the serial number and the fact it has a steel butt plate (they changed to aluminum in mid 46), I would say this one was made in early to mid 1946.
5) Mosin Nagant M44 - Hungarian manufacture in 1953.
6) Remington 513T Matchmaster - manufactured September 1963. Whoops, not older than me but I may have shot this one at summer camp since it came out the year I turned 8 and I started camp that year or next and went for 5 years. I never before realized that it could actually be one of the Remingtons we fired at summer camp. I remember they were heavy as could be and this is a fairly heavy target rifle. I wish I could find out for sure but such will probably never happen.
Well, now you know, I was born somewhere between 1953 and 1963. Am I getting old? I suppose so but thankfully not yet as old as some of those guns. Then again, all of them are in better shape than me!
All the best,
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