Skip to comments.I'm a different man now! Bought MY 1st SHOTGUN @ age 56, Classes Later. What was YOUR FIRST GUN?
Posted on 02/15/2013 7:08:31 PM PST by San Rafael Blue
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I think they all do nowadays, don't they?
Getting a nice collection of them in a box in the back of the safe
A Mossberg .22 was my first. That was 200 guns ago.
Benefit of the doubt unless proven otherwise.
First was a 16 gauge Ithica when I was 18
I lost it in the “war”.
I got it used in 1965 when I was 8. It was made in 1936 and has that date stamped into the Bakelite trigger guard. I still have it and the original 3x9 variable power scope. It's an incredibly accurate heavy barreled plinker.
Stevens bolt action 410
I owned one of those hoglegs about 20 years ago.
First firearm i dropped the hammer on was a .357 S&W 19. For years i thought i was 9 at the time. My Dad recently corrected me. I was 7.
It was his service pistol for over 20 years until he switched up to an automatic while a Deputy.
He gave it to me after my Son was born and told me i was not allowed to sell it. It’s no save Queen and sees regular range time.
I’d sell a kidney before ever contemplating getting rid of it.
First gun - Taurus 357 Mag revolver
Just bought a Mossberg for the wife at Big 5 it was on sale.I told her just point and shoot,friends will bring her to the range and show her how to use it.
She is excited cant wait to go to the range.
Safe Queen. Damn autocorrect...
Well, at least the one with classes:)
Don’t forget to swing by Camp David to get expert shotgun shooting lessons from the master himself. I hear they go skeet shooting all the time there.
I had that exact same Mossberg at just about the same time. The adjustable choke looked like a poly choke but it was Mossberg’s version which they called a C-lect choke.
Mine was also in 20 gauge. I had a slight problem in that the trigger had a sharp edge and every now and then I would cut my trigger finger. I guess it never occurred to me to take a file and dress down the sharp part.
You have the one weapon every man should own and become proficient with.
1st gun I had? Grew up with them and don’t have a recollection of when I first shot.
I’m in San Francisco. I’ll probably be joining you as a gun purchaser soon. Are you going to shoot trap or sporting clays? That’ll be a good way to get familiar with your new best friend.
From wikipedia, FWIW (there is a doctor who survived stalingrad and would have received the equivalent of the Medal of Honor if on the winning side. Can’t remember the name or the unit)
Since the beginning of the Italian campaign in Russia, about 30,000 Italians had been killed and another 54,000 would die in captivity. By the end of February 1943, the rout of the ARMIR was complete. Mussolini then withdrew what remained of his 8th Army from Russian soil. The Italian forces in Russia had been reduced to less than 150,000 men, and 34,000 of these were wounded. The disaster in Russia was a fierce blow to the power and popularity of the dictator. Both sank as the gloomy news soon reached the public in Italy. Survivors blamed the Fascist political elite and the army generals. The survivors said they both had acted irresponsibly by sending a poorly prepared, ill-equipped, and inadequately armed military force to the Russian Front. According to veterans, weapons in Italian service were awful: hand grenades rarely went off and rifles and machine guns had to be kept for a long time on a fire to work properly in extreme climatic conditions, thus often not capable of firing in the midst of battle. The German commanders were accused of sacrificing the Italian divisions, whose withdrawal was supposedly delayed after the Soviet breakthrough, in order to rescue their own troops.
Throughout 1943, Italy’s fortunes worsened. On 25 July 1943, Benito Mussolini and his Fascist government were put out of power by King Victor Emmanuel III. On 8 September, the new Italian government led by the King and Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice with the Allies.
Well, it wasn’t me. Mom and dad hadn’t met each other yet. Grandpa Joe, who gave me Gertrude (my rifle’s name), is innocent as well. After he came home from WWII, the man never left Queens.
I bought a Taurus 410 shotgun last year that didn’t come with a trigger lock.
Stevens Jr. rolling block .22 LR
I’ve always shot rifles and shotguns left handed. Never got one that was specifically for lefties. Yea, I’ve had a few hot shell casings down the sleeve, but it’s not that bad.
I started shooting pistols left handed...couldn’t hit sh**. Had a weapons expert do a dominant eye test on me. I am right eyed. Started shooting pistols right handed 20 years ago. I’m not a great pistol shot, but I can knock a man down at 60 meters. You have to love the Army’s pop up .45 and 9MM ranges.
LOL! That’s your story and your sticking to it I’m sure. ;-)
522 Speedmaster was my first. Wish it was still around.
... And San Rafael Blue, I didn’t even need to check your location when I read about a waiting period for a long gun. What, is it still like half a month not counting weekends and the first and last days of the ‘DROS’ period over there?
When I lived in CA, me and my pals went through an ‘assault rifle’ buying craze in the mid-80s and the law was cash and carry on long guns then. Man, every other payday we were down at B&B Wholesale getting whatever was on special that week — back when a lot of these vintage classics were selling for $450 at most. It was just filthy gun perversion we were in the grips of, let me assure you. We were three guys that lived in an apartment that looked like a safe house for Black September.
If those days were today and someone saw what we had casually laying around, we’d certainly be at the top of California breaking news with helicopters flying around and “SWAT confiscates huge SoCal arsenal... DA expects to file charges when she, um, figures out what crime this is, because if this ain’t a crime, comrades, it oughtta be”.
I had one of the Stevens favorites when they brought it out again with the action made of zamack. I loved the action on it and it really was handy but unfortunately it was not an accurate one.
I may have it’s sibling. Does it have a swing away peep site with a variable aperature?
The first I bought myself was a Browning light twenty, my father had given me a single shot 22 and shotgun early in life.
Grandpa Joe claimed it came from a German POW who claimed that he saw action on the Russian front and was terrified to return, so he was happy to surrender to the Allies.
My grandfather was in the Army Air Corps and didn’t see any combat as an infantryman. (But he did fly missions over hostile territory as a gunner.) He won the rifle in a card game.
Like all family legends, I don’t know how true the story is, but I do know this: I wouldn’t part with that old gun if my life depended on it. It means the world to me.
My dad was a Detroit cop and he used to let my brother and I shoot his service revolver at the lakes. I shot the M1 in the USAF, then later as a civilian. I shot M14 s, M16s, UZIs and AK47s. I bought my first handgun in 2007, a HiPoint 9mm and then I got a .38 S&W (my carry weapon).
I like history and wish the rifles could talk. At the end Germany used whatever was on hand.
I feel the same way about my “19”. It is willed to a son in law with the restriction it stay in the family. It has special meaning to me because I had a great uncle who was Boarder Patrol and worked with Bill Jorden.
My first gun was a 16ga Ithaca Model 37 Featherweight. Bought it used in 1964 for $50. Earned the money working in the family grocery store on Saturday mornings for fifty cents an hour.
M1 Carbine here, when I was 23.
Remington produces left-hand firearms. I hated right hand bolt action rilfes. Operating the left hand 700 is wonderful. I do everyrhing left-handed; write, throw, bat, slap shot and jump shot. But I have the same issue with pistol shooting you describe. My dad taught me to shoot a .22 rifle before he taught me to ride a bike, and I can hit anything with a rifle. We used to pick off wasps with BB guns as they hovered in the air outside their nests. But with a pistol I can’t hit a house standing on the front porch.
A Springfield .22 Automatic rifle and a .410 Mossberg 3 shot bolt action shotgun. I was about 13 or 14 yrs old. The .22 was a Christmas gift from my folks, still have that one.
I shot a lot, but all my guns belonged to my father before he gave me a Winchester model 1200 for my 12th birthday. Still have it.
Same here. Feels very natural now with pistol, but it took a while.
Now I am in the process of re-training myself to shoot rifle right handed. Just a muscle memory thing, so I am starting with a pellet rifle.
With AR type rifles it does not matter to me about the controls, but I want to get a bolt gun. Also want to see if I do better on a rifle with my dominant eye using red dot type sights.
Harrington& Richardson “Topper” single-shot 12 gauge. Loved that gun. Cops confiscated it on New Years Eve 1977 after my drunk-ass brother was shooting it into the air, in Philadelphia! I’m still pissed-off at him.
Dad gave me a few guns, Ithaca Deerslayer, Winchester 30/30. The first gun I bought was a Ruger p89.
First gun, Savage Springfield .22 single shot for $9.00 new in 1961.
Second gun, Mossberg bolt action .22 42-MB US government. $19.00 in 1965.
Cash form an Army surplus store. Cash and carry. No questions, no paperwork.
My first, at age 14.
I have a bad right eye so even though I am right handed, I've always shot left handed too. I shoot right handed guns however.
Shot a 22 rifle for the first time when I was about 4-5 setting in my father’s lap shooting out the window of the pick-up.
Was given a pump BB gun a age 7. CO2 Pellet gun at about 9.
My father bought my brother and I our own first real gun when I was 13, two 20 gauge single shot shotguns (still have mine, fine weapon). We got very good at that very fast. The “old guys” complained they never got a shot. hee hee hee
I had access to many rifles after that. In addition to what I bought. First hand gun I purchased was a Remington .221 Fireball. Had only seen 1 other when I bought it. Fine little gun.
There were others after that.
I can’t remember my first gun. It doesn’t matter much anyway as they were all lost in a horrible boating accident.
Yes, that’s the same safety and bolt. The peep site mounted on the left side of the reciever.
I inherited a Winchester Model 94 30-30 from my dad. It kicks like a mule.
.22 Iver Johnson single shot rifle. Age 8.
Welcome to the world of gun ownership! Congratulations!! My first gun was/is a Glock 17 9 mm. First shotgun-bennelli M1super 90 slug gun-my favorite!
Any date on yours? Should be stamped into the trigger guard.
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