Your first Firearm ?


June 11, 2005, 10:20 PM
My first firearm was a H & R youth model .410 single shot. My dad bought it for me when I was six. I still have it and recently got the firing pin fixed so my seven year old son could use it. Suprised me, we went shooting a few weeks ago and I could still hit skeet with it fairly well, even with the short stock :D My family has always been big on hunting and still is, I was hunting alone with my second firearm when I was eight, a winchester 30-30, took a four point's horns in for show and tell, teacher was not amused (they were still fresh). Still have that one as well.

Anybody else ?

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June 11, 2005, 10:26 PM
first gun: ruger 10-22 (still have it - been 15 years now).
first handgun: s&w 686 (still have it).
first centerfire rifle: savage 110 in 7 rem mag (still have it).
first shotgun: remington 870 mag (gone, and regret it - traded it for a rem 870 supermag, which i still have).
first auto shotgun: remington 11-48 (still have it).
first auto handgun: colt 1911 (still have it).
first auto rifle: m1 carbine (still have it).

guess that about covers the bases...

June 11, 2005, 10:29 PM
I was 12 and ordered a 22 single action out of a Herter's catalog with a $32.00 money order. My mom had to sign the order form and a couple of weeks later, I got a pink slip in the mail, so I rode my bicycle down to the Railway Express office (before UPS) and the clerk handed me a cardboard box out of the safe and I rode back home and shot the hell out of it! Amazing that a 12 year old kid can just pick up a firearm all by himself back in those days! :D .....I later traded it for a Mossberg 22 rifle...wish I kept that old pistol. :(

Standing Wolf
June 11, 2005, 10:40 PM
Smith & Wesson five-shooter .38 special. I didn't have enough money left for "bullets," so I couldn't shoot it right away.

June 11, 2005, 10:40 PM
First gun ever? Sig 225

Shotgun? Moss 500

Rifle? chinese SKS

June 11, 2005, 10:42 PM
First gun of ANY kind: Anschutz 1907

No, I didn't have a bb gun before that, can't remember why. I did have a SAA cap gun though, but I don't count that.

Zach S
June 11, 2005, 10:54 PM
AMT hardballer. Boring reliable, with "I actually hit it?" accuracy. One of these days its gonna get rebuilt into a tackdriver, but acc-u-rails are expensive...

June 11, 2005, 10:59 PM
First one, 20ga SxS shotgun. Dove, pheasant, trap gun.

First one I bought myself, Chinese SKS.

Black Majik
June 11, 2005, 11:12 PM
First gun was at 21, I bought myself a NRM Colt Government.

I did my research, wanted the classic style. I didn't even know about extended thumb safeties, external extractors, FLGRs, ext mag well, bull barrels etc.... All I wanted was something that was reliable, and a reputable company. And that name yelled COLT. :D

June 11, 2005, 11:15 PM
First was a Ruger P95

Firat rifel was a Yugo SKS.

June 11, 2005, 11:19 PM
870 when I was 18. CZ 75 when I was 21.

larry starling
June 11, 2005, 11:19 PM
First rifle was a Norinco underfolding Ak-47! traded it for a daewoo K1A1...

First pistol was a Browning HI-power....traded it for a Colt 1911!

Lord Bodak
June 11, 2005, 11:20 PM
First firearm: Ruger 22/45, last February.
First rifle: Ruger 10/22, also last February.
First shotgun: Remington 870 Express Turkey, this May.

June 11, 2005, 11:36 PM
1st gun A Daisy BB with a scope. :)

1st firearm An Ithica 20ga lever action single shot shotgun.

1st handgun Smith & Wesson, Model 19, "Combat Magnum", 357

1st Autoloading handgun Colt 45 ACP, GM

I don't have any of them anymore.

June 11, 2005, 11:40 PM
Marlin model 60 when I was 12 or so I'm 21 now and that little rifle is still hanging in there.

June 11, 2005, 11:44 PM
First firearm: Ruger GP100 4" SS, Adjustable sights. (still have it)
First revolver: Same
First handgun: Same
First autopistol: Beretta 92FS SS
First rifle: Ruger Ranch Rifle SS
First rimfire handgun: Ruger MK II Target Govt Model SS
First shotgun: Winchester 1300 DefenderFirst rimfire rifle: Ruger 10/22 SS Factory Laminate Stock (still have it)

The GP and the 92FS were my first two firearms. After that it gets kind of fuzzy... ;)

buy guns
June 11, 2005, 11:48 PM
ruger 22/45

June 12, 2005, 12:10 AM
S&W sigma 9mm

June 12, 2005, 12:21 AM
The first weapon I ever fired was my dads S&W .357 when I was 4-5 !! :what: he held onto the barrel so the recoil didnt break my wrists... to this day he talks about how badly his hand got fried from the discharge out the side of the cylinder.... now that I think about it..... that was crazy heh... that same day he let me shoot his F/A m16, He held onto it and I pulled the trigger :cool:

First shotgun: Single shot .410..... I honestly cant remember the make or model... I was around 6-7 though...

First rifle: Marlin 30-30 when I was 12

Second shotgun: Remington 870 that mom bought me when I was 14, still got it, wanted a shotgun so I could do everything I wanted with one platform, partridge, deer, ducks, goose..... Love that gun.

First handgun: dad gave me one of his p89's when I was 17. (he had a few dozen for his security corporation so I figured he could spare one :D )

June 12, 2005, 12:31 AM
My first firearm was a Glock 26 that I bought when I turned 21.

June 12, 2005, 12:47 AM
BB-gun--Age 8 Retired to play cowboys and Indians.
First non-BB gun: Mossberg 22 Auto--age 14 Still have it.
First centerfire rifle--Mossberg Model 800M--age 16- SOLD
First Shotgun--Remington 870 20ga--age 22 (one that I actually purchased)-SOLD
First Handgun--H&R 999 Sportsman 22--Age 21 (SOLD)
First Diamondback--Age 22 (X-took it) Don't ya just hate that!
First centerfire Handgun--Python Age 23 (SOLD)

June 12, 2005, 01:35 AM
Mossberg 500 12ga 8-shot with both the 28" Vent Rib barrel and the 20" Rifle sighted barrels and speedfeed stock. Bought it the day I turned 18. I still have it .

June 12, 2005, 01:37 AM
Ruger Service Six.

June 12, 2005, 01:39 AM
My first firearm was a Ruger 10/22 carbine.
My girlfriend gave it to me three years ago for valentine's day :D

June 12, 2005, 02:08 AM
Savage 755...fifty bucks, lovely suckered into a trade for a NIB 870, which nonetheless I love and still own

June 12, 2005, 02:19 AM
Remington 581-S .22

June 12, 2005, 03:13 AM
1st firearm...Ruger 10/22

1st .22...same

1st handgun...Ruger Blackhawk .357

1st center fire rifle...Remington 700 BDL LH .270

1st shotgun...Browning BPS 12 ga

June 12, 2005, 08:30 AM
My first firearm was a S&W 586. Still have it, can't see myself parting with it.

June 12, 2005, 10:02 AM
Handed down from my dad, A Mossberg Model 152 .22... Wish I still had it.

June 12, 2005, 01:26 PM
An old bolt action 16 guage shottie. My step father intruduced me to duck hunting at the age of 13.

June 12, 2005, 01:49 PM
First gun: Remington Nylon 66 in 1958, when I turned 10 - still have it
First Shotgun: Western Field .410 bolt action - still have it
First handgun: Hi-Standard Sentinel .22 revolver, 6" bbl - still have it
First combat handgun: Colt 1911A1 that came home from WWII - sold it for 10X what I paid for it. Wish I still had it!

June 12, 2005, 02:00 PM
My first was a Winchester 69A. My dad bought two brand new, one for him and one for me when I was 14. I inherited his and found that they are consecutive serial numbers. I put target sights on mine and shot in Junior NRA target shoots back then. It is a great rifle and I love shooting it.

June 12, 2005, 09:15 PM
First firearm was a gift from my wife (with the aid of my father-in-law): a Mossberg 500 combo ... vent rib shot barrel and a cylinder bore barrel with rifle sights. Great gun that has taken a lot of game over the years.

My wife, though, now realizes she created a monster! :D

June 12, 2005, 09:53 PM
First firearm was a German Luger WWII bring back. A few years later traded it
for a Colt Commander. 45 ACP was a lot easier to find and cheaper than 9mm in those

Getting rid of that Luger was probably my biggest firearm mistake. :(

That was fifty years ago, lots of different firearms have come and gone since then.


June 12, 2005, 10:01 PM
My first FIREARM?

Well, not including a BB rifle and an air-pellet pistol I've had since 22 (well, at least the pistol):

Weirauch (EAA) Windicator .38 Spl. snub-nose. Still have it, still carry it, still shoot it. Bought it off my Captain for $100. Only had 20 rounds fired through it when I bought it. Now has more than a few thousand rounds through it, with holster wear to show.

Since my parents/family/ex-g/f's were all anti-gun, I ended up waiting until the ripe old age of 27 to obtain it! (I just turned 28 last March HAHA!)

Just bought my first autoloader last February: Bersa FireStorm .45

Hopefully this year or beginning of next I'll have my shottie and a rifle! :)


June 12, 2005, 10:13 PM
First? Daisy Pump BB gun. Shut my finger in it one time, mom was sure I'd shot myself.

First that was actually mine, Crossman 1077 pellet gun. Killed many birds with that gun.

First real gun, same as you. H&R (maybe a NEF) .410 Youth. That went to my brothers though, as I outgrew it.

First real gun that was mine to keep? Remington 870 12 Gauge. I did a 50/50 with my parents, cost me $90.

First gun I bought on my own when I turned 18? Springfield WWII Stainless 1911, in a FTF transfer obviously, but unfired.

First rifle when I turned 18? Unissued Yugo SKS.

June 12, 2005, 10:14 PM
Model 510 Remington 22 I received 58 years ago. Still have it in the gun safe, doesn't see much use any more. Guess I'll get it out and shoot it again.

June 12, 2005, 10:21 PM
First gun was a CVA Bobcat. A fun little smokepole.
First centerfire rifle was a Turk Mauser.
First centerfire handgun was a HiPoint 380. It worked but I didn't like it. I traded it a few days ago for a Mosin Nagant M44 and 2 boxes of ammo.
First rimfire handgun was a Heritage Rough Rider, steel frame. It works and I still have it. A nice knock-around gun.

June 12, 2005, 10:40 PM
First firearm was a Remington Mohawk 48, 20ga, 26" Imp cyclinder shotgun. I still have the gun and my last outing with the gun I downed 20 birds with 20 shells. Nothing like the gun you grew up with!

First Handgun, Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag. with Aimpoint scope. My Deer hunting handgun, it's taken a 4 Whitetail bucks and a Bobcat. One of favorite handguns to this day.

June 13, 2005, 05:17 AM
Not counting numerious air rifles and pistols... my first firearm was a Hi-Point 9mm composite.

So was my second.

My third was a Yugo SKS and my 4th was a CZ52.

I have just recently aquired a Bulgarian Makarov and I now wish I had gotten that instead of the hi-points. After shooting the Bulgie the Hi-Point feels so loose and inaccurate I am probably not going to use it much anymore. If only 9mm Makarov was as cheap and as easy to get as 9mm Luger.

I am glad the hi-point was there as a starter weapon that allowed me to learn the basics while not spending lots of cash.


Black Majik
June 13, 2005, 05:22 AM
Shoot, everyone is listing their first rifle and shotgun etc so I will too!

First autoloader: Colt NRM Government
First Revolver: Smith and Wesson 686-4 (pre-lock) Powerported .357 magnum
First Shotgun: Remington Wingmaster 28" VR
First Rifle: Springfield Armory M1A standard.

June 13, 2005, 03:42 PM
.22 Chipmunk single shot, sitting in my safe right now

June 13, 2005, 04:09 PM
Steven's Savage Mod.15-2 22L.R.
Bolt action single shot. Worked all summer, to earn $ mowing
lawn's so Dad could get it for me.
LONG SUMMER!!!!!! Age 8.

June 13, 2005, 04:11 PM
First Firearm

A Mossberg .410 bolt action single shot for Christmas from my Grandmother.

I was 9 yrs old.........

39 yrs ago........ (sigh) :o


June 13, 2005, 04:13 PM
First .22- Remington single shot, bolt action that belonged to my Grandfather

First Centerfire- Lee-Enfield #4 Mk1 that I got for Christmas when I was 11

First Shottie-Mossberg 500

First Pistol- Beretta Cougar .40 S&W (I wish i still had that gun!!!)

June 13, 2005, 04:13 PM
Marlin Model 39A - lever action .22, a Christmas present at age 8. I've used it to teach my kids to shoot. :)

June 13, 2005, 04:53 PM
First Shotgun: 1972 Purchased a 16 ga JC Higgns bolt action from my neighbor for $10

First Pistol: 1977 Ruger Single Six .22 purchased new. My mom had to sign for me as I was only 18.

I have never actually purchased a rifle for myself. Purchased a used .22 Remington Nylon 66 for my boys and a new Bushmaster AR15 for my oldest son last year.

June 13, 2005, 06:53 PM
My first gun was a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. Since I never shot out my eye with it, my dad gave me a Remington Nylon 66.

June 13, 2005, 07:00 PM
First guns I shot, S&W 686, Ruger GP100, Beretta 92fs, S&W 9mm of some sort, maybe a 639 I think. Don't normal families start you out with a 22?

First gun I bought with my own money but dad bought for me was a Sundance Boa 25acp, what a mistake, gun long sold off.

First gun I bought myself was a FIE 25acp Titan, actually works well and I still own it.

Think my first rifle I shot was a Chinese paratroop SKS and the first long guns I bought were a Remington 870HD 12ga and a Bulgarian SA-93 7.62x39 I had my dad buy for me while I was in the military. Can't remember the first long gun I purchased in my own name.

Eskimo Jim
June 13, 2005, 07:04 PM
First Firearm: Reproduction Brown Bess musket 2nd Land Patern .75cal smoothbore. safest location is muzzle end :(
First handgun: Walther PPK/S .380ACP
First Revolver: Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357mag 6-1/2" barrel
first Rifle: SMLE No1 Mk 1*** made around 1904
First shotgun: Mossberg 850 12ga
First Rimfire: Ruger Mk II Govt Target blued

the SMLE was quite a find for the price. I think that the guy was surprised that I didn't try to haggle on the price at the show.


June 13, 2005, 07:09 PM
First Rifle: rebarralled Spanish Mauser M1916, for .308 (only $100! :D )
First Autoloader: Ruger 10/22
First Shotgun: American Western Arms side-by-side .410
First Handgun: Iver Johnson 55SA Cadet (.22 snub revolver)
First Black-Powder: Remington 1858 .36 cal.

June 13, 2005, 07:13 PM
First firearm: Saiga 12 semi-automatic sporting shotgun. Modified it into a "home offense" assault shotgun AK-clone. Did all my own work (cutting holes in receiver for a new relocated fire control group, cutting receiver tangs, filing work, rigging up some internals, etc) and put much blood, sweat (and dollars) into iit. I consider it personal and mine forever; I don't think I could ever part with it even if someone gave me well above fair-market value.

Anyone else feel a bond with their "first" firearm, or perhaps those that you've turned into a labor of love?

June 13, 2005, 10:16 PM
Stevens 5 shot bolt .22. 37 years ago. Still have it, and it's still dazzlingly accurate. One of my several reasons I love shooting .22.

Kramer Krazy
June 14, 2005, 10:26 AM
First "gun" - Daisey "Champion 99" (age 7)
First "real" gun - Ruger 10/22 (age of 13)
First handgun - Colt 1911 stainless (21st b-day present to myself)

I still have all of these guns in my safe. :D

A Cleaner
June 14, 2005, 10:46 AM
1st...870 Express
2nd...870 Express HD
3rd...870 Wingmaster

What pattern? :D

June 14, 2005, 10:49 AM
Bought a Glock 21 from a friend, never shot it and sold it back to him about a year later. Finally got to shoot it about a year after that and it was a great shooter. The first gun I actually owned and shot was a Steyr M40.

June 14, 2005, 11:14 AM
Walther P99

June 14, 2005, 11:24 AM
First rifle was a Remington Nylon 66 as an 8th birthday present. It was stolen from my parents house a few years back.

First handgun was a Ruger MkII for my 12th birthday. Still have it and it has several hundred thousand rounds through it.

First rifle was a Savage 12FV. I won it at a Friends of NRA event.

June 14, 2005, 11:32 AM

Several Daisy ariguns as a kid..

First long gun was "Pops" [grandfather] Savage/Stevens 94B 16Ga shotgun
First .22LR was a Rem Nylon 66
First personally owned centerfire handgun was a New Model Blackhawk .357 6-1/2" barrel
First shotty I bought was a Rem "Sportsman" 20 Ga

1911 guy
June 14, 2005, 03:00 PM
I saved my shekels and bought a H&R Topper model 20 ga. when I was about 9. Dad never let me have a BB gun, he said kids do dumb stuff they'd never do with a real gun. He was probably right. BTW, still remember that I paid 43 dollars for that shotgun, 2 boxes of shells, and an Ohio hunting license. A few years later my grandfather gave me a remington 580 (.22lr) that belonged to my late uncle.

June 14, 2005, 03:10 PM
First I had a Crossman, "pump up" pellet gun...

But first "real" gun was a single shot Winchester bolt gun (no idea what model)

Followed shortly thereafter by a Mossberg 500 in 20 gauge

And a bit later, a Winchester Model 70 lightweight in .270

June 14, 2005, 08:24 PM
Marlin single shot .22. Has the ring cocker and a gold trigger. I still have it, and plan on getting it totally reconditioned some day. I bought it 41 years ago. I believe the model # is 101. It doesn't have a serial number. Anyone know somebody(that's good) that can work on an old beat up gun, that is loved, and treasured? Let me know. Added: By the way, I didn't beat it up. I let my brother use it, he let his son, who obviously didn't give a ???? about taking care of it, use it. When I asked for it's return they didn't know where it was. I finally run across it several years later. They had stuck it behind the seat of an abandoned pickup on his farm. I'm still pissed!! :cuss:

June 14, 2005, 10:28 PM
Sig Trailside .22

June 14, 2005, 11:14 PM
Shotgun-1300 Winchester
Rifle-Ruger 10/22
Pistol-Styer 40 cal.

Still use the Winchester for deer and turkey, and the Ruger for rabbits and tree rats. Sold the Styer to get a .357 Dan Wession revoler for my wife.

June 15, 2005, 01:11 AM
Swedish Mauser

June 15, 2005, 01:15 AM

5000 rounds through it, not one malfunction. Not even so much as a hiccup. Point and shoot. Perfect!

June 15, 2005, 01:21 AM
Japanese 7.7 Arisaka that someone had "sporterized." they cut the stock back to the second barrell band and removed the anti-aircraft sites. Bought it for $50 off my brother in law. It was an early production, but it had the chrysanthemum ground off. Which almost guaranteed that it was turned in at the end of the war. Flat shooter, tight groups. A great rifle, too bad it was about a buck a shot back in the early 80's. Traded it for a motorcycle.

June 15, 2005, 10:29 AM
My first firearm was some unknwon brand .22 single shot bolt rifle. Can't check the make, because my brother has it, using it to teach his daughter. My first handgun, I bought one week after turning 21, a Smith 422. Still have it. Needs repair, but won't get rid of it. First centerfire was a Smith 586 6" revolver. Still have that one, too.

June 15, 2005, 10:41 AM
Still have it. Fantastic piece of engineering.

June 15, 2005, 12:22 PM
First firearm of any type: Crossman Pellet gun
First real firearm I ever shot: Dad's S&W .38
First firearm I bought for myself: Taurus 5 shot revolver for home defense when I moved out of my parents house. Great little gun and I should never have let my wife talk me into selling it (was condition placed on my purchasing a Kel Tec P3AT).
First longarm purchased for myself: Rossi 20 gauge coachgun (bought it because we had one growing up and I wanted one for the wife to use for home defense and/or for me to use in SASS).

June 15, 2005, 01:02 PM
Dad wouldn't let us kids have firearms so when I turned 18 I went out and got my own. Went haves with a friend named Tom on a Winchester mod. 190 .22 S/A tube gun. We put about 25K rounds through that gun over the next year. First centerfire was Tom's Uncles 30-30 Model 94 (an old one). I bought that from Tom along with his half interest in the .22 because he wanted a 6MM Remington for some reason.

Later purchased first handgun which was a Sterling .22. Accurate to about 24" at a range of 10' and only fired when it was in the mood. :rolleyes:

First shotgun was an 870 wingmaster.

Still have them all except the Sterling which some fool stole during a house robery in 1980.

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