Old guns. Hunter’s thoughts
To this seemingly not very urgent topic, I was forced to turn by a randomly seen gun. It was released around 1912 at the Tula Imperial Arms Factory, as evidenced by the perfectly preserved hallmarks on the trunks – an eagle and an inscription. A significant year, the 100th anniversary of World War II, ahead – the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. According to the owner, the release of several batches of hunting weapons was specifically linked to these events.
The gun seen is from this series, although no confirming symbols could be found on it. Nevertheless, for amateurs and experts, such guns are of undoubted interest. For example, this almost century-old product is not only elegant, but also fully operational. The remaining advantages can only be appreciated by weapons experts and collectors. A specific gun prompted reflection on the fate of the old gun in general, and each of them sooner or later will have such an epithet.
We all strive (especially for collective hunting) to go out with an expensive graceful gun. The trunks are blued, the engraving shines, on the bed of a beautiful nut an intricate carving – and nowhere is a scratch or a speck. We understand that such a luxurious product is more suitable for demonstrating its image, and not for practical hunting, but it is not able to overcome its innocent vanity. The owner of such a gun usually protects it, as they say, blows dust off. By the way, and rightly so …
And when you just happen to trail a rookie or in the impassable swamp to look for ducks, then we hope more for a shot down applied old gun, with which we stand less ceremony. And it can be engraved, but not so noticeable anymore, and the bed can be worn and scratched altogether. Well, this is just an old shotgun of a low analysis, surviving its short century.
Over time, changing owners, both those and other guns gradually and imperceptibly disappear in the darkness of centuries (could not resist the red catch).
But some of them, including the most ordinary, manage to resurrect for a new life – as a collection of antique weapons.
What makes a person pay big and often very big money for a thing that does not have a practical price is not worth discussing. Such people were, are and will be. These are collectors of different levels and capabilities. Thanks to these cranks, from our pragmatic point of view, in the end we can marvel at the objects that were made a hundred or more years ago.
Perhaps somewhere deep down we are condemning our own grandfather, who did not save, not the Old Rifles, who handed down a vase or a gun to his grandson. It’s easy to condemn – it’s more difficult now to protect any unnecessary “tool” itself, a value that can only increase after many years. And the grandfather who survived the war and hard times, and if desired, could not save a fragile vase, and even more so weapons, which are always looked upon with suspicion by both their own and others.
But who saved what hunting weapons and who needs it now? Having asked this question, it is best to turn to the global Web and find out a lot of curious about specific guns, which rightly can be called old.
For example, in this specific market, a Belgian double-barrel shotgun, fired in 1908 in Belgium, is offered at a considerable price (8 LLC cu). The seller emphasizes that the box has been preserved, and the springs are tight. Nothing is said about other special differences, which suggests the serial production of guns.
In general, there is no information, except for the price (5 LLC cu), about a gun manufactured in 1903 at the Tula Imperial Arms Factory.
But a really antique piece by French master Le Leon is described in great detail. A ramrod double-barreled rifle with capsule locks was made in 1834 and has not only been well preserved to this day, but also a ramrod with a “horn striker”. They ask for the price for it – about 16 LLC. e.
Butt old gun It is curious that some weapons, appropriately updated, are successfully used by hunters and are satisfied with the results of the shooting.
One of them reports that last summer in the White Sea, with the appropriate permission, he caught beluga whales that plagued the fishermen. He fired three times from a 1910 cavalry carbine of release with sawn bullets, the first of which he sent to the base of the tail to immobilize a large three-meter animal. The hunter explained that the rifle made in Tula was made of well-preserved hallmarks. After a little repair and “polishing” of the parts, the sighting showed that at a distance of 200 m the bullets were placed in a circle with a diameter of 50 mm – a wonderful, simply unbelievable indicator for such weapons.
As you can see, ancient weapons can be claimed not only by collectors, but also by hunter-practitioners, whose pride is amused by the opportunity to hunt with a gun a hundred years ago.
It should be noted that those old guns in which a minimum of alterations of a later time and traces of repair are highly valued.