So last year, I was given a Colt
Pocket Hammerless Vest Pocket .25. It was the second-oldest gun in my safe. Now it’s third-oldest. This year, my father-in-law gave me his original 1917-vintage Colt 1911!
It’s pretty pitted, and appears to have been reblued some time in the past, but I believe the double-diamond walnut grip panels are original, and I know for a fact that it feeds and shoots hardball just fine. Not bad for a 96 year-old handgun.