First gun you shot, first gun you bought

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Do you remember what they were?

First I shot...
I was 8 years old and I was camping with my grandfather. Another camper somewhat close by brought out a Ruger 10/22 and said, let’s teach the kid to shoot (actually I was already proficient with BB/Pellet gun). I had a ball with that rifle. Then another guy walks over with a Marlin 39, and that was even more fun than the 10/22.

Finally grandpa says “Oh hell, might as well let him try a real rifle” and brings out his Model 94 in .30-30. It kicked the crap out of me, my ears were ringing, my shoulder hurt. But I blew the crap out of that pop can, and I wanted more.

First I bought...
I was 18 years old and I got the opportunity to buy any S&W for distributor cost. I think I paid $189 for a 6" S&W Model 19-6 with TT, TH, RR, WO. It was a wonderful revolver, wish I still had it.
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1st gun shot: 410 shotgun. Age 8. It knocked me back a step. I looked at my dad and asked to shoot it again. I've been hooked ever since.

1st bought: age 21? A 25 auto. Don't remember what kind. Sold it in a yard sale a year or two later.
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First rifle I shot was a .22 single shot bolt action when I was, I guess, 8, at the most progressive/socialist summer camp in the Catskills. Loved it.
First gun I bought was either my Beretta Cx4 Storm in 9mm or my H-K VP-9. My records show it was probably the VP-9, 2 days before the Cx4. I just checked.
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First one I shot (aside from a BB gun a friend had) was probably a .22LR, bolt-action Mossberg. I might have fired that one before I started ROTC in high school, where we actually had some safety training (my idiot father bought me that Mossberg rifle but did NOTHING about teaching me safety stuff, and never took me to shoot with it...). ROTC unit had .22LR pistols (semi-auto, Ruger, perhaps?) and .22LR rifles (it's been over forty years, don't remember make/model). I got to shoot an M-16 at summer camp ('76, I think), and "familiarization shots" with a 1911 and an M60.

First one I bought for myself? CZ P10F, because it fits my (XXL--hence the screen name) hands.
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Starting about age 8, my father taught me the basics of rifle shooting he had learned in the WWII-era Army with a single shot .22lr bolt gun. I don't know the make, and don't know what became of it.

First I bought for myself were two Remington 870 shotguns, a 12g and a 20g (thinking that would be preferred by my wife and daughters) about 14 years ago, when I was in my 50s.
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Not sure what came first, but it was a 22LR rifle either bolt action at Boy Scout camp or one at a friends farm. They had tube fed guns, both semi-automatic and pump.

I got a Ruger Mk II 10" target pistol from my parents at about 14, so that was my first gun, but first I purchased was a S&W 28 used police trade in .357 4" maybe a year later.
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This photo shows the .30-30 rifle my grandfather brought out that day. First experience shooting a centerfire rifle; I was hooked.

This photo also has my first .22, the Winchester 1890 pictured was my grandfathers first .22, his brothers first .22, my mom's first .22 and my first .22. I'm here to tell you, that .22 has been rode hard and put away wet. It was well worn out when I got it.
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The first handgun I bought was a Ruger Vaquero Bisley model in .357. Sold it because I did not like the Bisley grip or hammer. No regrets. The Vaquero I have now is a plow handle 4 5/8 in .45LC and is exactly perfect.

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CDFingers wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:22 pm The first handgun I bought was a Ruger Vaquero Bisley model in .357. Sold it because I did not like the Bisley grip or hammer. No regrets. The Vaquero I have now is a plow handle 4 5/8 in .45LC and is exactly perfect.

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When I had an interest in heavy magnum revolvers, I fell in love with Ruger's Bisley grip. IME it absorbed heavy recoil better than anything out there; especially the Freedom Arms which I found downright painful.

But unless I'm shooting heavy magnums, I prefer the old school plow handle too. These days I have no interest in heavy magnums, and the only magnum I own is a .357 not so much or the cartridge, but because I like the revolver. My .45 Colt is straight up old school...which is what I love about it.
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I remember shooting a 22 rifle and a Ruger Mark I 22 pistol, the one that looked like a Luger P08. Can't remember which I shot first, buddies my age just had them in their bedrooms or closets and we had a large open space area at the end of our street for shooting. No one ever got shot even though we were teenagers and no one called the police saying they heard gun shots, it was a different world. First gun I bought was a used Ruger Standard Mark I. I've always been partial to 22 pistols.
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First rifle I shot was my Grandpa's Winchester Model 70 .22lr when I was about 8 years old. The pic I included is of me with that rifle hunting with my dad when I was probably 12. Central California back before all the vineyards.
I inherited most of my guns from my dad and grandfather, but the first one I actually bought was a Ruger Vaquero Sherrif's model in .357 magnum. I didn't like it much and sold it eventually. My hands were too big for the grip, unfortunately.
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Crow wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:18 pm First rifle I shot was my Grandpa's Winchester Model 70 .22lr when I was about 8 years old. The pic I included is of me with that rifle hunting with my dad when I was probably 12. Central California back before all the vineyards.
I inherited most of my guns from my dad and grandfather, but the first one I actually bought was a Ruger Vaquero Sherrif's model in .357 magnum. I didn't like it much and sold it eventually. My hands were too big for the grip, unfortunately.
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From the looks of it your dad was a cross draw person. Is that a 1911? And looks like something else on his right side, Cool pc.
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FrontSight wrote: Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:34 pm I suspect that's a Winchester model 72, not a model 70. The model 70 is a Mauser action centerfire rifle with a staggered box magazine. The rifle in the photo is tube fed, so I'm thinking its probably a model 72... Still a very cool rifle, and a great story.
Ah yes of course. My bad. Model 72. My son hunts rabbits with it these days, and I accompany him with a 72a that I picked up a few years ago.
tonguengroover wrote: From the looks of it your dad was a cross draw person. Is that a 1911? And looks like something else on his right side, Cool pc.
I think it was actually a S&W .357 magnum that he used to plink ground squirrels with at significant distances... he was a great shot. Unfortunately he has a degenerative disease in his hands that won't let him grip a pistol anymore.
He always wore his handguns crossdraw for some reason. I think the item on his right side is an Uncle Mike's gear pouch, probably full of bullets.
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I think I was 8 or 9 when I shot a bolt action .410 shotgun at a milk jug on a snowy February day.

First gun I bought was the day before my 13th birthday, a 20ga single shot H&R Topper model 58. $50 from a family friend.

When living with my parents I was only allowed to have shotguns because their lethal range didn't extend further than you could see.
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