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Longest production run of any firearm?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slide action, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    A friend and I were having a conversation about which gun held the record for being in" constant "production the longest. My guess was the Browning Auto 5 (not the modern one). According to historical records the A-5 was designed by John browning 1n 1898 but ,was not patented and put in production until 1900. It was produced in Belgium (except during WWII when the Nazis overran Europe when it was made in the US). After the war production was returned to Belgium ,until production was finally moved to Japan. Line production of the A-5 continued until 1998 ( a run of 98 years) but ,if you count the " commemorative" models produced in Belgium in 1999, it had a production run of 99 years! Does anyone know of a gun that was produced continually for a longer period of time?
     
  2. trapshootin hippie

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    94 winchester....
     
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    1911 goes way back
     
  5. SPORTALLURING

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    I`d have to say Sam Colt`s Single Action Army...

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  6. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    If the Win. 94 was kept going after Win. Repeating arms took over, then indeed the Win. 94 was produced longer. Continuous production would then be until 2006 (112 years). Some were produced later but production was not "Continuous". The Colt 1873 can't be consider as "Longest Continuous" production because it was discontinued twice and then brought back sometime later. The Colt 1911 has "so far" a run of 106 years making it second in the running to the Win. 1894. Any other entries?
     
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    Probably Colt SAA but theu did cease production for a few years..... FYI Beretta is the oldest continually operating corporation in the world at around 500 years.
     
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    SAA although the Marlin 39A has a long history also.
     
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    There are different generations 1st,2nd,3rd (years of mfg.) even 4th of Colt SAA`s. Just counting the years of production 1873, to the closing down the old factory in 1994 that would make it 121 years. May 2015 article from G&A credits them over 14o years... Thread title was Longest Production run of any firearm. I`m sticking with Sam Colt`s SAA...

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    something from Beretta or one of the London firms
     
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    How about the Mauser 98 Still in production.


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    I would think something in the flintlock family?
     
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    Beretta -1526 foreign made.
    Remington -1812 USA.
     
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    Firearm, not company. The question was what firearm has the longest production run.
     
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    Marlins 1891 , Winchester stop production on the 94 , they still make the 39a. I have a model 94 in 356.
     
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    I was thinking Marlin stopped production on the 39a several years ago. I believe they started again, but that lull would eliminate them. Or was it the 336?
     
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    Daisy Red Ryder
     
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    The Colt SAA was out of production long enough to get the Ruger Blackhawk into production. So that one is eliminated!

    The 98 Mauser has been produced in by many makers since it was first introduced. I don't think you can find a time it hasn't been in production somewhere. But does being made in 20 or 30 factories by almost that many different makers really count?

    The Browning Auto 5 just missed a 100 years

    The 94 Winchester ended in 2006

    The Marlin 39 A was changed from the 91 with minor variations.

    If you go by that the Mauser action from as early as 1889 being refined into the 98 has been produced continuously longer then any, it has been produced in more countries and that production is so over lapped that even when a war disrupted production somewhere it was still being produced elsewhere.

    So besides being in constant production what other facts do we need to use as a basis to hold the line to?
     
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