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Over the last couple of days I have seen posts with pictures of revolvers or pistols that were owned by a member's grandfather. Very nice to see what they carried back in the day. Thought it would be great to start a thread showing your grandfather's (or great, great-great, etc.) revolver or pistol. I will start.

Here is the 1908 Colt Vest Pocket .25 made in 1910 that my grandfather owned. My grandfather was born in 1889 and passed in 1953.
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I don't have a grandfather picture but the gun on the far right was my bio-dad's .25 ACP, a CZ DUO, made in German occupied Czechoslovakia in 1944. Where he acquired it and when he carried it are a mystery.

The other two .25s are discussed in another thread.

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My maternal grandfather immigrated to America from Sicily at age 17 - around 1912. Likely in the late '30's or '40's he acquired this .32 Hand Ejector, but no one knows how or when he actually got it or why. He is not W.S. Brown identified in the S&W letter - he had many more vowels in his name! When he passed away at age 83 around 1977 my grandmother gave the revolver to me, probably because I was going into law enforcement and none of my other relatives had an interest in guns.

I sent for the historical letter soon after I received the gun - they were free back then. Shipped on St. Patrick's day, 1928.




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Nickel.
Pearl.
Factory Engraved.
Shipped November 14, 1908.

No body knows how my grandfather got it. It would have been very expensive and he was too young in 1908 to have bought it.
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No pic but my Grandpa had a Colt Police positive in a 32-20 originally purchased by the Chicago PD 1922.
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I've posted this one before. This was my Granddad's 22/32 HB Target. He once killed a cow elk with it while shooting from the back of a horse. Long story how that happened!

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Not my grandfather, but someone's grandfather!
Thanks for keeping it in an oiled sock all these years!
(My Grandfather is front row, 2nd from left. Played Violin at University of Nebraska 1922-1925, also played football, Nebraska beat Knute Rockne's fighting Irish, TWICE while he was playing! He carried a Colt Vest Pocket back in the day, but we do not have it)

Colt Vest Pocket .25ACP, 1919.


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Great grandpaps service pistol. 1877 colt .41 and his gold retirement badge


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None from my grandfather, as far as I know he didn't own one. My brother has my Great Uncle Joe's break top HI Standard in .32. No pictures though
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My grandfather lived in Westfield, NJ, next door to an old, retired, immigration agent who had worked at Ellis Island. The two families were very friendly. The old man died, and his widow found some guns she didn't know he had. She didn't want them in the house and gave them to my grandfather. The Mle 1892 French service revolver has a 1894 barrel date. The Iver Johnson 32 is the very first model, of 1894, I think. It has the early type of barrel latch and the little thumbpiece on the barrel extension that releases the cylinder for cleaning. The little nickle plated revolver is a Clement Baby in 22 short, with Belgian proofs. All could very easily have been taken from immigrants coming to the new world from Europe. I've shot them all.
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My grandfather's Smith & Wesson .32 Safety Hammerless. This short barreled version is a rare "bicycle gun". He bought it from a hardware store in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1935. As the owner of a general store he carried it in his front pocket every day for over 30 years. When my grandfather passed away my grandmother kept it in her nightstand next to her bed for another 40 years. She passed it on to me when she moved into a retirement community.

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No pic but my Grandpa had a Colt Police positive in a 32-20 originally purchased by the Chicago PD 1922.

Go read the gun again. It would be a Police Positive SPECIAL in that caliber, also made in .38 Special. The regular PP had a shorter frame, for short cartridges.


The only handguns owned by my father that I'd want were a Colt .32 auto that he gave to an accountant to do some tax work for him and a S&W Highway Patrolman/M-28 that his widow has now or sold or gave to her kids. My brothers and I don't talk to her, so I don't know where that gun went.


My GF had only a US Revolver Co. copy of a top-break S&W DA model. It was a brand made by Iver Johnson. The finish was a peeling nickle.

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My grandfather bought this Frank Wesson break top single shot, chambered in .30 RF short in about 1880.



The really interesting thing is the serial number: 1. Per Roy Jinks, this is probably the correct serial number.



He later bought a Colt 1877, chambered in .38 LC. It is a short barreled model, sans ejector rod. I have the gun, but don't have a good picture. Maybe someday......

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I've posted this one before. It's my GGGrandfathers 1861 Whitney Navy Revolver. GGG relieved an Union soldier of the revolver as the Union soldier no longer had a use for it. GGG was from Brownsville, TN and rode with NBF from 1862 - 1864/65.


I had a gunsmith friend cleanup one cylinder and nipple. Loaded it up with a 36 cal round ball over I think 15 gr of black powder and touched off one round just to be able to say I shot my GGGrandfathers civil war revolver. Yes, a very light load as we were shooting a 150+ year old iron frame revolver.


The only thing that had to be replaced to make the revolver functional was the main spring as someone had taken the original out of the gun. That probably explains why the original nipples are not crushed.


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My great-grandfather's .32 Single Action. I had posted it before looking for opinions as to whether it had been refinished or not, and the general idea was that it had, but with care. Doesn't matter to me, but it is interesting to us because we can't think of anyone who would have bothered to have the revolver refinished. My ancestors weren't exactly people of the gun, so why go to the trouble? We will never know.
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This is my grandfathers first model hand ejector. it has a replaced ejector knob. It was my first S&W.



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I don't have it, but grandfather found a Safety Hammerless in a trash can outside of a bar in Emporia KS. back in the 70's. Dad called S&W and told them we had. About a couple of weeks later we got a historical letter on it (for free). GD later sold the gun for beer money and who knows what happened to the letter.
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I know this section is supposed to be for "other brands" but the only revolver I have that belonged to my grandfather is a S&W. Unfortunately, he did not take the best care of it, but since it belonged to him, I will cherish it forever.

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Attached is a Colt Model 1908 pistol that belonged to my grandfather. Included in the photo is his military "calling card", University of Illinois collar insignia and his WW1 Elgin wristwatch he wore during the war. My grandfather was a Senior at the University of Illinois in 1917-18 and left early in 1918 to join the Army as an officer. Of all people, his Geology professor (Elmer Ekblaw) gifted the pistol to him to use as his personal sidearm in the service. Mr Ekblaw purchased the pistol and holster in 1913 in New York City at Abercrombie and Fitch. Mr Ekblaw was a member of the Crockerland Expedition which journeyed to the north polar regions in 1913-1917 and carried this very pistol as his sidearm. Lots of history! My son and I put a few rounds through it every year.
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These have been posted before, but...

Here is my grandfather's gun--an Armi Galesi 25acp that he carried in a glove under his judicial robes. (Judge Albert R. Young) The gun is in my son's custody.

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Here is my grandfather's grandfather's gun, a brand I can't remember, complete with 8 notches in the barrel as he was "night watchman" over Marshal, Texas, in the 1880's. This gun was on loan to the Alamo museum and on display there in the late 1970's. (Gavin Young) This one is in the custody of my brother.

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Posted before, but what the heck. Carried all over Texas and New Mexico by great-uncle Billy Standifer, also known as Little Bill, a cowboy, sheriff, and enforcer on the Spur and XIT Ranches in north Texas. The gun appears to have been purchased when he turned 18 in 1875. He "won" at least 7 known gunfights, but lost the 8th in a Winchester duel to Pink Higgins, life long enemy and enforcer on the same ranch in 1902. That's Billy in my avatar in 1891.



See Billy's Forty-Four for my take on what happened based on the survivor's account, news clippings, and family oral history.
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Good idea for a thread. My grandpa on mom's side didn't really have an interest in handguns, although after WW2, he came home with a Browning Hi-Power. My uncle has it. I'm hoping someday, he may consider letting me be the caretaker. Otherwise, grandad on the maternal side had maybe 5 long-guns which were practical to put food on the table. Winchester rifles and shotguns. All are still in the family.

My paternal side, homesteaded in the midwest and really didn't have any money for much of anything. They had simply utility firearms for usage on the farm. I know my granddad carried a Colt 45 in WW2 and I have a picture somewhere I should upload. The original homesteader was given a shotgun when he arrived to his parcel of land by the local village to welcome him. Believe it or not, that shot gun, I currently have. Damascus barrel and would still fire with light loads, although I'd never do so.
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Another example of the "bicycle" gun IIRC in .38 S&W. The barrel was cut and shortened and looked to be a hand made front blade sight.

This one actually belongs to a friend, was his grandfathers.



Another view of it on top of a modern J frame.

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Both myy grandfathers carried all of these as young men



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No guns in my family before me, but my wife's grandfather brought of a 7mm pinfire from Sweden in 1904, when he came over. I will try to get a pic whn my grandson comes over. He is building a shadow box to display it in.
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I happen to be adopted, but met my birth-mother and several siblings for the first time in 1988. A strange and convoluted tale ending with her locating me indirectly in 1986.
When my birth-grandfather died she gave me the Mauser Model of 1914 7.65mm pistol (replete with German military acceptance stamps and proofs) that his father had brought back from Belgium following WW I. Apparently the German soldier carrying it "no longer had any use for it" as the saying goes.
I was the only one of my siblings that had grown up around, and therefore had lifelong experience with, firearms of all types. So I guess I was the safe bet, and probably the only one interested.
The Mauser is in 90% plus condition and fully operational, and even though I have 2 boxes of 1960s vintage Remington ammo that came with it, I have yet to fire it. Call it a probably misplaced yet valid concern about 100 plus year old recoil and striker springs.
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And I'm still close to my siblings and birth-mother.

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Here is my Grandfather's Model 10. The beer box was his too. I added the T-Grip. He wasn't a gun guy and for some reason my Dad and late Uncle bought this for him. My Uncle gave it to me a few years before he passed. I cherish it and do shoot it. I lettered it only because of its family importance. It shipped to my hometown in the late '70s.
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My grandfather had a old nickel plated Colt 45lc he bought and it went to my cousin as he was the oldest. and his dope head friends stole it. I remember grandpa would come to the farm and shoot it.I was allowed to hold it but couldn't fire it.
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