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I'm a different man now! Bought MY 1st SHOTGUN @ age 56, Classes Later. What was YOUR FIRST GUN?
2/15/13 | san rafael blue

Posted on 02/15/2013 7:08:31 PM PST by San Rafael Blue

Most of you here felt 'that moment' a long time ago, when you were too young to vote, too young even to get behind the wheel. You may not even remember when it happened. My Rite of Passage was today. I went to Big 5 and purchased a 12 gauge shotgun. I actually won't be able to drive my 'new friend' home until later this month, after a background check. Hopefully, there is no evildoer using my full name while commiting their evil deeds. I'm legally clean though, never even been arrested (yet).

I purchased a box of bullets, and a zip-up gun case. When I return for the gun, I'll need to buy a gun lock. Once I have access to the gun, it is likely to lay idle and locked away, until I can take a class at a local firing range for beginner gun handling. Today I was shown how to open and load the shotgun, very simple procedure, thank the Lord. The young man at the counter was patient and respectful. I was glad for that. I already felt foolish for my scant knowledge of firearms. My Dad had two guns back at home. one named Brown Betsy, the other named Black Beauty. Sharing the family home with guns was easy, my sisters and I followed the house rules and just never tampered with them at all. I learned a little while in the Navy, but not much, nothing that was repeated. I made an effort not to let on just how excited I was, that, in itself might raise an eyebrow. Just why is that guy so 'happy' about buying a gun, when he knows so little about them. I played it sort of cool.

As I get older, arthritis has taken me out of my Karate class, till I can pay for private lessons. Otherwise, I would slow the whole class down. (Un-Good!, to make up an expression) I used to love Boxing or Sparring night in Karate. Practicing chokeholds too. Maybe sometime down the line, but not now. What I can do now is to use my sharp vision. I'll look into skeet shooting. So much to learn!

I told the manager he would make even more money if he had a photographer ready to snap a picture of the owner with his or her new gun. I absolutely would have pulled out a few bills and paid for such a momento. It was that much fun.


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1 posted on 02/15/2013 7:08:33 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue

bump


2 posted on 02/15/2013 7:10:58 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: San Rafael Blue

An Italian made Carcano that, according to family legend, saw action on the Russian front during WWII.

I still have it and love it.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 7:12:57 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: San Rafael Blue

.22 back on the farm. We all got one when we turned 7 and learned to shoot and basic guns safety shortly thereafter (1953).


4 posted on 02/15/2013 7:13:11 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

photo...!!!!

>:(


5 posted on 02/15/2013 7:13:22 PM PST by gaijin
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To: San Rafael Blue

My first gun was a Argentinian Luger which I bought for $40 in 1960 thru a newspaper’s ad in Birmingham, AL.

No questions asked.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 7:13:59 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Good for you!
Are you up in Marin?


7 posted on 02/15/2013 7:14:35 PM PST by Mr. Peabody
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To: San Rafael Blue
Ithaca Arms .22-LR single shot at age 10.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

8 posted on 02/15/2013 7:14:35 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Ruger Blackhawk.

And shotguns don’t fire bullets. They fire shells.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 7:15:54 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: San Rafael Blue
"I purchased a box of bullets"

For a 12 ga., I'd get a mixed case.

10 posted on 02/15/2013 7:16:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: San Rafael Blue
" I actually won't be able to drive my 'new friend' home until later this month, after a background check".

For a SHOT GUN! W.T.F.?

Do you live in Russia?

11 posted on 02/15/2013 7:16:51 PM PST by jaz.357 (Contrary To Ordinary)
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To: Absolutely Nobama
An Italian made Carcano

According to legend, a Carcano was used on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Tx.

12 posted on 02/15/2013 7:17:00 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: San Rafael Blue
Ruger Standard .22 pistol. Bought it at age 14 with paper route money ($37.95).* No ID, no background check, no wait. Passed it on to my beautiful stepdaughter a couple of years ago.

*About what my spare LC9 magazine cost

13 posted on 02/15/2013 7:17:46 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

My first was a Revelation 22 semi automatic rifle from Western Auto. I eventually traded it for a .410 single shot shotgun.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 7:18:02 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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Hi Mr. Peabody, Yes, I am in Central San Rafael, the ‘heart’ of Marin County.
Have you been to China Camp before? Nice walkable, dirt road park. Be ready this spring to share those dirt roads with aggressive wild turkeys guarding their chicks.


15 posted on 02/15/2013 7:19:34 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: Mr. Peabody

Hi Mr. Peabody, Yes, I am in Central San Rafael, the ‘heart’ of Marin County.
Have you been to China Camp before? Nice walkable, dirt road park. Be ready this spring to share those dirt roads with aggressive wild turkeys guarding their chicks.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 7:19:57 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: Absolutely Nobama

“Italian made Carcano that, according to family legend, saw action on the Russian front during WWII”

If you feel like it, you could post pics and get answers on the type of Carcano it is at this forum, in the Italian section. (An a-hole named dynachrome hangs out there, too)

http://www.surplusrifleforum.com


17 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:13 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: San Rafael Blue

12ga “Goose gun” age 14.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:24 PM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: San Rafael Blue

PS I was 12 and it was 1973.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:39 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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20 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Your first shotgun good for you. You are going about firearm ownership in the right way. Getting some good professional training with your shotgun is a very good move before using the weapon on your own. Excellent for you! Stay Safe!


21 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:42 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: San Rafael Blue
I don't remember my first firearm (not gun, I'm not a cannon cocker).

I do remember the first firearm that my daughter shot, and got to share that information with her last year. She didn't remember it even after I handed it to her and she cleared it and stripped it and reassembled it without help. She had the practiced skills for that rifle, but had NO idea where she got them from.

Yes, she can have it after I'm dead and gone.

Welcome to FR, by the way. I don't think I've ever read or responded to you.

/johnny

22 posted on 02/15/2013 7:20:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: San Rafael Blue
First one that was "mine" was a M-14 issued in boot camp.

First one I bought myself was a Remington Nylon 66 .22LR. Anyone remember those? Long gone now.

23 posted on 02/15/2013 7:21:00 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: San Rafael Blue
I think a Benjamin pellet rifle, at age 9 or so. Sears .22 a few years later.

BTW, for your shotgun, you bought "shells," not "bullets."

24 posted on 02/15/2013 7:21:40 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: jaz.357

No sh...

Big 5 in Chicago. Maybe?


25 posted on 02/15/2013 7:21:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: San Rafael Blue

Shot all my dad’s guns in the 50’s. My 1st gun of my own was a Remmington Nylon Model 66, First gun I ever bought on my own was in the 60’s, a Revelation pump 12 ga shotgun I bought it at the local Western Auto.


26 posted on 02/15/2013 7:22:08 PM PST by umgud
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To: San Rafael Blue

A .410 single barrel shotgun - Bridge Gun Company ‘Black Prince’. Was my dad’s, and his dad’s.


27 posted on 02/15/2013 7:23:54 PM PST by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: doc1019

“According to legend”

No legend. A Carcano was used. There was an annual shutzenfest (dunno if still going on) where the same model was use to shoot at a towed car with dummies, from a tower of the same height of the book depository. and the same time frame. no one can make the same shots, FWIW


28 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:07 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: San Rafael Blue

PT99 Taurus 9mm

29 posted on 02/15/2013 7:24:52 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: jaz.357
WTF? indeed.

California has gone down the toilet very far since I bought my last gun there many decades ago. Used to be able to sell private party with no BS either.

30 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:30 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: San Rafael Blue; mnehring

My first gun was a M44 Mosin carbine


31 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:37 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: San Rafael Blue

My first was a single shot .410 in the third grade


32 posted on 02/15/2013 7:25:37 PM PST by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: San Rafael Blue

M1 Garand 30.06 at Fort Ord in 1958.


33 posted on 02/15/2013 7:26:28 PM PST by Misterioso ( "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence." - Ayn Rand)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks for the welcome, been ‘hangin’ out since a little before last Christmas.


34 posted on 02/15/2013 7:26:28 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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To: San Rafael Blue

Colt M1911 45 acp. I bought the best first. No need for any other pistol.


35 posted on 02/15/2013 7:26:51 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

I “borrowed” my dad’s guns while in college. After I graduated, the first gun of my own was a Remington 870 12 gauge left-hand. My second gun I bought was a Remington 700 30-06, also left hand I love them both. Shooting right-hand guns was a pain.


36 posted on 02/15/2013 7:28:00 PM PST by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

I too am 56 and first timer. 380 kel tec
shot my first shotgun this passed sat.
just finished class for CW.


37 posted on 02/15/2013 7:28:48 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: San Rafael Blue
Congrats, Blue. Stock up on shells of various kinds (slugs, buckshot, at least).

My first gun was when I was 7. It was (and is--still have it) a Stevens 22-410, a single-shot rifle over a shotgun barrel. Two in one. I shot my first dove, quail, rabbit, crow, etc. with it.

38 posted on 02/15/2013 7:28:57 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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very first check I ever wrote was for a brand new Winchester 1200 12 ga.

1970. I was 14


39 posted on 02/15/2013 7:29:30 PM PST by digger48
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1964 in Salinas, California from a pawn shop. I don’t remember any background check or other bullsh!t we have to deal with today. I was 18 years old.

It was a French MAB semi-suto .22 pistol. I think I paid $18 for it. No matter how much I cleaned it, it was a persistent jammer.

Got rid of it a few weeks later for a Walther P-38. Major improvement. Followed a few weeks later by a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington. Followed by...

You get the picture. Between hopping up my ‘57 Pontiac and acquiring an arsenal, I worked almost all summer with little money in the bank to show for it.

Still, I wouldn’t trade those times for anything.

Did I mention the ‘47 Harley?


40 posted on 02/15/2013 7:31:12 PM PST by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Did you say what you bought? I missed it.


41 posted on 02/15/2013 7:31:59 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: doorgunner69

my second gun was a Remington 522 Speedmaster.

just had it out over Christmas with my daughter, plinking in the backyard


42 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:25 PM PST by digger48
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To: San Rafael Blue

Some new guns already come with trigger locks in the box. What brand/model did you buy?


43 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:25 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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My first gun was a Remington model 514 single shot .22. It was for Christmas when I was 9. The model 514 is considered to be a desirable tho not expensive gun but mine was really not very good.

The extractor eventually stopped working and I would have to pry the empty case out with a pocket knife. My older Brother had a Remington 513 scoremaster and it was a far, far better rifle than mine. functioned perfectly and was more accurate too.

One day I bought a box of .22 WRF thinking it would work in my rifle. Of course it was slightly larger so I did a really crude rechambering with nothing but a drill. I did such a crude job that empties would be out of round when extracted. Interestingly despite my crude work, it just on it’s own began to extract the WRF cases. It also was far more accurate I am sure because the WRF was just a couple of thousandths of an inch greater in diameter.

Apparently one reason it had shot poorly to start with was the bore was oversize slightly.


44 posted on 02/15/2013 7:32:50 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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I’ll check it out!

:)


45 posted on 02/15/2013 7:33:27 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Last summer for my 42nd b-day, Springfield XDm 3.8 compact in .40. Been on a badly timed binge since then.


46 posted on 02/15/2013 7:33:53 PM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: San Rafael Blue

It’s never too late. My. First gun was a Glock 17 which i still have 15 years later.


47 posted on 02/15/2013 7:34:19 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: San Rafael Blue

Very new member, odd that you didn’t identify the model you purchased.


48 posted on 02/15/2013 7:35:38 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: San Rafael Blue

A bolt action Mossberg 20 ga. with a poly choke in 1957. I killed my first Canadian Honker while playing hooky from school a couple of weeks later when I was ten years old.


49 posted on 02/15/2013 7:35:45 PM PST by Big_Harry (Ecc10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left")
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To: San Rafael Blue

Congratulations on your purchase. I can’t believe no one has asked what the heck you bought yet! What did you get???

My first was a S&W Model 10 (.38 Spl). Many more since.

I applaud your intent to get some training on your new gat. You can call the NRA and get some local instructors with bona fides.

You’re a relatively new FReeper, but it looks like you’re having a good time. I look forward to some reports from occupied California.

See my tagline.
K


50 posted on 02/15/2013 7:36:06 PM PST by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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