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Old 10-03-2010, 17:21   #1
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Question First gun ever shot? First gun ever owned?

What was the first gun you ever shot, and how old were you? and what was the first gun you actually ever owned, and how old were you then too?

The first gun I ever shot was my Dad's old Remington single shot, bolt action rifle, firing .22 shorts into cans and homemade targets. I was in 1st grade, so I must have been about 6. I was blown away by how fun it was!

First gun I ever owned was a cheap Savage-Stevens single shot, break action 20 gauge that I bought new for less than $90(probably about $80, I don't remember) back in 1984 when I was about 17, with my own money that I earned at my 1st job at a machine shop while I was still in High school. Unfortunately, it was stolen out of my car in the late 80's. I got a lot of usage out of it by the time it was stolen though!
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First gun I ever shot was a Winchester 67 Boys rifle in 22. looked a lot like this one I just gave away on the INGO forum.



First gun that was mine...not my Dad's or shared with my brother was this OM Blackhawk convertible in 45acp/45 Colt. Was my Christmas present when I was 14 from my Dad...still have it and still shoot it regularly.

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First firearm I ever shot was a friend's early-model Colt Model 41 target .22LR. Great little target pistol, and the gun that got me intersted in shooting.

First handgun I owned was a High Standard SuperMatic Trophy (another .22LR). That was a great pistol that allowed me to get comfortable shooting. From there I picked up a Para-Ordnance P12-45, then a S&W Sigma SW-40c. Sold those tree, and picked up a new Para-Ordance Carry 12.

First Rifle I owned was a Ruger Mini-30 Ranch Rifle (581-series). Fun gun, and a great rifle to start off with for me. I traded it early 2009 for a 16" RRA A4 upper in 6.8SPC, and put it on a Spike's Tactical lower. I've been quite happy with the accuracy ability to customize the rifle, and really like the 6.8SPC round.
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The first handgun I ever shot was my Dad's Ruger Single-Six. It was a low serial number gun (4 digit), that he bought through the mail in the early fifties. The first rifle I shot was his Browning .22 autoloader, the breakdown type (still have this one!) that he purchased at about the same time. My first rifle that I bought was a Winchester model 190 autoloader. I got it from a local Army Surplus store. The first handgun that I bought was a nice S&W model 66 in .357 with a 4" barrel.
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.22lr in a bolt gun when I was 7 , my older brother let me shoot. Thus began my love affair w/ rifles
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The first gun I ever shot (at age 12) was Dad's Stevens Springfield .22 bolt action rifle. He gave it to me about 2 years back.
The first gun I ever owned was a Marlin Golden 39A Mountie, a Christmas gift (thanks again, Dad!) when I was 18.
I still have both, along with the first gun I ever bought, a Remington M6 Improved .22.
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The first gun I shot was my dad's Stevens Favorite 22LR. He shot deer with it when he was a kid. his uncle bought it new I believe in the 1920's.

The first gun I ever owned was a Wards western field botl action clip fed 22lr. I think it was made by stevens. I shot my first deer with it a big 4X4 mulie buck and my first red fox.

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i was not raised with firearms. my dad came from dublin in the 60's. my mom was born of italians that came to buffalo in the 40's.

my experience came from:

1st. a 4th of july with a childhood friend "julie lynn" and her family at thier vacation property. it was an unknown bolt .22 rifle and a .22 ruger automatic pistol. her parents never met or even talked to mine before or after that day. i was maybe 12.
2nd. corey, another friend from my childhood, i was 15 he was 16. corey, greg and myself went out to the mo river bottom and plinked all day in late spring on a sunday with a a tube fed .22 semi. again unknown brand. local pd came by and suprised us as we did not have a view of the dirt road over on the other side of the levee. the officer was very nice about it and also very difect about the fact that we were on someones land and were trespassing. but he did take what was left of the brick of wildcats and made us police the area we were in of any trash that we saw... and followed us out after a short but stern talking to about trespassing and firearms.
3rd. mark and his older brothers and father- fathers day in 88 or so. my dad was out of the country. mark asked me if i wanted to go with him/bro's and dad to thier camping/plinking spot deep in the woods in south central mo for the weekend. it was the first time i ever shot a center-fire anything. we loaded up the "wagon" and trailer with "LOTS" of long guns, and handguns, stopped at k-mart on the way out of town and bought a "cart full" of ammo. and another stop at a food store for camping type food.
this trip i still have very strong memories of- some 23 years later and is the reason that i purchased my own rifle later that year.
i got more "father to son" type instruction from "mr. dwyer" that weekend than i think i have ever gotten in my life. i even think i still have knotts on the back of my head from his class ring as he "popped me one" for messing up, or being unsafe while on the firing line. we also drank a few beers that weekend. mr dwyer is long gone now. mark is in control of his dads collection- last time i was home, i went to see mark. we talked about that weekend for hours.


as a young adult my friends and i found a safe/cool spot to plink and "walk along the train tracks" and plink. we shot there for years, untill it became part of a large resort type golf course. many good times there as it was only reachable by atv or 4x4 truck. many many rifles, and hand guns were shot there. the area next to the tracks had so much spent brass on the ground, you could not see the rocks or dirt. it was like a "brass beach" as we called it in "code" so our parents did not know what we were talking about.
i sold off my first shotgun,rifle and 8 shot .22 revolver when i got married (stupid move) and when i got "unmarried" i got another 10/22 as payment for a sidejob in dallas. and the rest is history as they say.
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the first one shot was my grandpaw's 1929 belgin browning 12 ga. pump, i ended up with it when he passed and passed it to my grandson. i was 10 or 12 when i first shot it. the first one i owned i bought when i was 15 or 16 and it was a brittish .303 #5 jungle carbine, i think it cost maybe $15.00.
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We got a .303 too....

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the first one shot was my grandpaw's 1929 belgin browning 12 ga. pump, i ended up with it when he passed and passed it to my grandson. i was 10 or 12 when i first shot it. the first one i owned i bought when i was 15 or 16 and it was a brittish .303 #5 jungle carbine, i think it cost maybe $15.00.

From the time I was born, my dad owned a 1918 SMLE in beautiful condition that I would fool around with as a kid(we didnt have any ammo in the house for any guns). Then, in a most non-politically correct manner, the teacher who ran our 8th grade rifle/shotgun club in middle school in the '81-'82 school year, actually brought me a 1/2 box of older .303 British cartridges to school, and I went out that afternoon and shot it twice for the first time ever! I was about 13-14.


Imagine in this era a teacher bringing a 13-14 year old student some live ammo for a military rifle! Cant see it happening.....
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My dad did it during the 30's while growing up on a backwoods depression era farm. It was a way of like for many rural people. It was family survival.

He encouraged me to shoot a deer, while deer hunting with him, if I got the chance. I did. I walked up on a mulie buck we were tracking and shot him at 15 ft, broadside, while the buck was looking back at my dad who was tracking him. It was a lucky shot as the bullet did a good job on the lungs and missed the ribs going in. A CCI mini mag hollow point. It worked well.

My dad did it for family survival. He encouraged me in a time when it wasn't for family survival, 1970. I believe he was wrong in doing so. Now I look back at it as unethical for the deer. You are right. I agree with you 100% now. My sons shot thier first deer with a 243 and 30-30.

Although the 22LR has killed probally all of north american big game it is not ethical to do so. I have developed the opinion that the 243/6mm is not enough gun for big mulie bucks. I'm talking big mulie bucks that dress out at 300lbs. As you can see I have come from a mindset of my father to a mindset that the 243 isn't big enough for big mulie bucks. This has been with the experiance of shooting over a hundred of animals of myself, my wife and two sons. I personally like the 280 Rem as minimum for deer/antelope now.

Thanks for calling that incomplete statement to my attention. I did not explain the situation. I forget less and less people really knew what it was like during the dustbowl 30's. And the mindset that came out of it. My grandpa called them the the "dirty turties" in his dutch accent.

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Let's play nice, this thread is about the 1st guns we shot, not a thread on ethics about hunting or about what other people have done. N/S, please tone your attitude down towards others a little, consider this a warning.
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Believe it or not the first gun I ever shot was an M16A1 when I was eight years old. Our scout group went to a Texas National Guard armory on a field trip where one of our scoutmasters was with the TNG and the armory had a small indoor range. Each boy got one shot (no full auto, of course) and if I remember correctly most of our dads shot it too. I guess that partly explains my love for the M16/AR15 family. That rifle is planted so deep in my heart and mind from being a child during the Vietnam War years and playing with GI Joes...... And now here I am with two AR's and another one on the way.

First gun I ever owned (and still do) is a single shot 410 given to me by my father; and the first gun I ever bought was a S&W 422 semi-auto pistol. Wish I still had that one!
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First gun shot.......single shot 16 ga., when I was probably 7 or 8 years old.

First gun that I owned, was a Marlin lever gun.(30/30)
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First rifle shot - .22lr, make unknown - 5yrs old

First gun purchased - Ruger 10/22

First handgun shot - S&W 6" 686

First handgun owned - S&W 6" 686
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besides toys and BB guns?!?!!?

I think the 1st gun I ever shot was a 12g double barrel. I was veryyy young, like 5yrs old. my dad and uncle put 1 shell in and held me a little but let it knock me on my ass! ever since then ive been hooked!

the first gun I owned was a 20g shot gun w slug barrel...that my dad bought me as a gift....

the first one i bought i think was a Ruger SR9 pistol...(ive gotten other guns as gifts over the years though, my family is huge into guns and hunting)

the latest gun i bought was an underfolder AK and before that was a hi-poin 9mm carbine and before that a mini 14 target and before that was a 6.8spc mini...

the collection is GROWING!
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My 183-series Mini-14. I was 23 and getting ready to go to Army basic camp. I wanted to learn to shoot before I went to the camp.
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The first I ever fired was Dad's Stevens Crackshot .22, and it's still in the family, and still accurate.

The first I ever owned was a Ranger .22 bolt action single shot. It may have been made by Winchester, but I haven't really established that yet. I still own it, too.
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Mossberg 500

My father probably didn't start me off on the best path to accuracy. He gave me a Mossberg 500 20 gauge. He took me out to the state range with a couple hundred rounds and told me I should be able to hit a 8x8 at 100 yards. It took almost a hundred rounds, but I was able to reliably hit a 8x8 and was allowed to go home.

My shoulder was bruised for a couple weeks. I never forgot the marksmanship lessons I learned that day. I became obsessed with using the least amount of rounds possible to get the job done.

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A Savage 24V .22/.410 Combination Rifle/Shotgun

When I was about 6 years old or so. Can still remember the smell of that paper .410 shotgun shell just after being fired. Actually hit the steel beer can (very short range) with the first .22 shot.

My Brother still has that gun today. Taught his two boys how to shoot, starting with the Savage when THEY were about 6 or sooss. Who knows how long the gun will stay in the family. HB of CJ (old coot)
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First Gun I Owned Was A Rockola MI Carbine

When I was about 8 or sooss. 1957. If memory serves, dad paid about $20 bucks for it thru the DCM program?? Rockola; about 98% or so. Mint. Wish I had that little rifle today.

First gun sold was actually traded. 1965. Swapped a 1903A3 Springfield 30.06for a FN 1949 7mm semi auto rifle. Boy that rifle went thru the ammo, but was very fun! HB of CJ (old coot)
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Marlin Model 60 or 39a shot both one or the other was 1st? Still have both!
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First time I ever shot a gun was in summer of 1963. It was my dad's M1 carbine.
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Wish I could remember. There were High Standard double nines, several brands of .22 bolt action rifles and lots of shotguns around our house, I can only guess that it was one or the other of those. Shooting was a way of life back then (50's) and shooting for the first time was nothing special, you just did it. I do remember Daddy bringing a JC Higgins 20 ga home from sears and telling me how much he liked fried squirrel and gravy. It was the first gun I owned and yes, it put many squirrel and rabbits in the pot. It left in a trade long ago and I have regretted it since.
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The first gun I ever shot was the first one I ever owned. It's a H&R single shot .410. It was given to me at Christmas when I was eight. The first gun I ever bought was a 700 BDL Remington in 30.06. I was fifteen when I bought it.
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