What was the first Handgun did you ever shoot.


Kahr carrier
January 2, 2003, 10:08 PM
The first Handgun I shot was a Dan Wesson 357 Blue with a 15 inch Vent Heavy barrel boy was that a gas.:what:

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January 2, 2003, 10:18 PM
A Luger. One of my dad's neighbor's captured during the big one.
Second handgun I ever shot was a 1911.

They must have been around the time I was nine.

January 2, 2003, 10:22 PM
A Ruger .22, dunno if it was a MkII or MkI. I was 8 or 9 at the time, and could barely work the action. Not fully understanding how it worked, I put my thumb up against the back of the bolt before firing once. Once.

January 2, 2003, 10:24 PM
sp101. Very good first.


Neal Bloom
January 2, 2003, 10:29 PM
A Webley 38 S&W top-break that my father brought home from WWII.

January 2, 2003, 10:31 PM
S&W Model 27(?) Highway Patrolman .357 Mag.

Good Shooting

January 2, 2003, 10:43 PM
Ruger Mk 2

January 2, 2003, 10:45 PM
sig p226 .40

January 2, 2003, 10:49 PM
It was Mom's High Standard Sentinel in .22 lr...nice lil' gun, but would BARELY keep 'em all on a dinner plate at 25 yards...my shooting instantly improved about 200% when I got my four-inch Model 19....mikey357

January 2, 2003, 10:53 PM
My friends dad's Ruger P90... nice weapon... I liked it alot.

However, I didn't like it's blockiness that well... I wouldn't own one these days... and the slide release was badly placed... but overall not bad.

January 2, 2003, 10:54 PM
Colt Police Positive.

January 2, 2003, 11:07 PM

Dad's war trophy.

January 2, 2003, 11:07 PM
The first handgun I ever shot was a Smith M19 loaded with .38 Spl., a game warden's gun.
First handgun I ever owned was a Walther PP Sport, a target grade .22LR P-38 lookalike.

January 2, 2003, 11:16 PM
First one I shot was this one

High Standard Double Nine, belonged to my Dad. First shot it over 40 years ago. It's the first one my son shot, hopefully the first one my grandkids shoot too.

January 2, 2003, 11:31 PM
.22 revolver.

Dave R
January 2, 2003, 11:37 PM
First was some S&W .22 at a Scout outing.

Several years later, the 2nd was a S&W Model 29 .44 mag with some long barrel. Maybe 7.5 inches? It was my uncle's. My dad was worrying about me shooting it. Uncle said "Naaah. He'll be fine." I was.

January 2, 2003, 11:45 PM
Singer made Gov't 45ACP, around 2nd grade

January 2, 2003, 11:49 PM
An old 22 revolver. My grandmother would do trick shots with it and slept with it by the bed when my grandfather would pull a night shift 40-50 years ago. I don’t even know what brand it was.

Flying V
January 2, 2003, 11:49 PM
Ruger Mark II.

January 2, 2003, 11:53 PM
Interesting topic and it got me to thinking. Which got me worried.:uhoh:
I honestly can't remember the first hangun I ever fired.:uhoh:
Come to think of it I do remember that I got to go shooting just last Sunday and I do remember which handguns I took but I don't even remember which handgun I shot last.:uhoh:
I hope this isn't a sign of things to come the thought of not remembering what handguns I own is really scarry!:uhoh:

January 2, 2003, 11:55 PM
My father's old 1908 32 automatic colt- hamerless. I still have it in the vault, one of my prized pocessions, not for it's monetary value, but for it's senitimental value. :)

January 3, 2003, 12:08 AM
My Glock 17. :)

January 3, 2003, 12:13 AM
Beretta 96... I fell in love with that gun, but after I shot 1911 I got over the Beretta :)

January 3, 2003, 12:22 AM
S&W Mod.36 J-Frame. I loved it then and I love it still!

Politically Incorrect
January 3, 2003, 12:30 AM
My first revolver and first autoloader I've shot were both used in suicides and both manufactured by Colt.

The first handgun was a .38 Colt Detective Special that my father later sold. :( All I know is that it was used by a young woman to end her life.

The first autoloader was my great-grandfather's Colt .45 made in 1918, which my father won't ever sell. :) It's sad that he ended his life, but I'm glad my father has a historical piece and such a beautiful gun. By age 10, I could field strip it and put it back together.

January 3, 2003, 12:32 AM
Egyptian Helwan. Shot 30 rounds of 9mm at a couple beer bottles and didn't do a darn thing but make a lot of noise.

January 3, 2003, 12:40 AM
Geez, the 1st? Well, I remember it being a 380, but can't remember if it was a Bersa or something of similar lineage :)

January 3, 2003, 01:13 AM
A Colt Woodsman .22 that my grandfather loaned me.

January 3, 2003, 01:19 AM
My Grandmothers High Standard Double Nine, chrome with mother of pearl grips. At the age of 8, I thought it was the coolest gun ever (because I got to shoot it)...saw it the other day at her house...YUCK. Its silly, but I would give an arm and a leg to have that ugly little piece of junk.

January 3, 2003, 04:24 AM
Walther P99 9mm. I still can't figure out why I waited so long.

January 3, 2003, 04:54 AM
A Harrington & Richardson .22 lr. revolver.. :)

January 3, 2003, 05:24 AM
My dad's Smith & Wesson 459 (I think that was the model #).

Calif. Hunter
January 3, 2003, 12:39 PM
My Dad's High Standard SportKing. I have that gun now, and it is still a good shooter. It is the lever takedown version, and I just wish it locked the bolt back on an empty magazine. The second handgun I shot was a 6-inch Python that belonged to a cousin. I wish I had that gun - but I have one just like it.

January 3, 2003, 01:26 PM
I actually don't know. I was invited to a private range with a bunch of acquaintances and got to shoot someone's handgun (I don't even remember for sure if it was an auto or revolver but I think it was an auto) about 11-12 years ago. When I first actually started to shoot (a couple years ago) I rented a S&W .38spl revolver (I don't remember for sure if it had adjustable or fixed sights, I wouldn't have thought to check then, so I don't know if it was an M10 or M15).

January 3, 2003, 01:34 PM
11.43x23 (AKA .45 ACP). 230 Grain Ball. Quite the first pistol experience -- and my only pistol experience for quite a few years. I finally shot a .38 out of a .357 and it felt like a .22 -- definitely a better place to start.

January 3, 2003, 01:41 PM
[QUOTE]11.43x23 (AKA .45 ACP). 230 Grain Ball. Quite the first pistol experience [QUOTE]

BTW -- it was Officer-sized.

January 3, 2003, 01:58 PM
Buckmark .22 auto.

January 3, 2003, 02:23 PM
My first pistol was a Chrome Colt Pocket Auto in 32 Auto my dad gave me in the early 70's. He carried it for years. I carried it as back up gun with PD and off duty during hot weather months. Still have it but haven't shot it in a long time. Sights are to hard to use.

January 3, 2003, 02:52 PM
The first pistol I ever shot was my grandfather's Polish P-35 Radom. I beleive I was about 8 at the time.

January 3, 2003, 06:43 PM
I was about 10, and it was a 6" S&W 357. I can't remember the model number but I think it was a 586. I remember not hitting anything with it.

January 3, 2003, 07:27 PM
My brother's Ruger Bearcat 22LR. I was around 10, and borrowed it *without* permission with a friend. We went shooting out back (this was in MA - back then, you could shoot out in the country). My friend accidently lowered the Bearcat to rest it on his leg, which was propped on a log. The gun went off. The high speed hollow point went thru my right thigh. Ouch. Thats another whole story. I still shoot. My friend doesn't ;)

January 3, 2003, 07:35 PM
Great grandfather's Colt Official Police .38 special. I am now in possession of said gun, but it's a safe queen :) :)

January 3, 2003, 07:38 PM
My Dads Bronwing High Power. I still have it.

January 3, 2003, 07:49 PM
A Star PD .45. Me and my friend each bought one at the same time. They both ended up being stolen. (at different times and places)

January 3, 2003, 08:06 PM
First: S&W .38. Exact model unknown

Gila Jorge
January 3, 2003, 08:32 PM
38 Police Positive Colt...it was a 38 S&W I believe....it was not the special. Very smooth and very nice.

January 3, 2003, 11:01 PM
A snub nose .38- it wasn't mine and I don't know waht type it was.

It was several years after that when I shot another- Ruger P95 I believe.

January 3, 2003, 11:05 PM
First handgun I shot was my dad's Sig 239 in 9mm.

January 4, 2003, 01:44 AM
My dad's Radom 9mm.

That pistol is now in my safe, as a cherished part of my collection.

January 4, 2003, 01:59 AM
My HK USP9f :D

Hit the black at 7 yrds the first time out, and love shooting it ever since... :D

January 4, 2003, 02:58 AM
A Colt Agent .38 special. It kicked like a mule and the hammer spur cut the heck out of my hand.:cuss:

January 4, 2003, 02:33 PM
A Walther P1 during basic training in July '91 at age 19. Back then I thought it was a worthless piece of crap, eight warning shots and one deadly throw, but that changed over the years with more handgun practice.

January 4, 2003, 02:37 PM
Colt 45acp 1911a1 in the Corps, "69".


January 4, 2003, 02:39 PM
The first handgun I fired was my Grandfather's S&W M&P 5" .38 Special. I was 6 years old and my father let me shoot it. Never knew my Grandfather...he died when my Dad was 16. My Dad kept his father's M&P as his house gun for another 63 years.

Erik Jensen
January 4, 2003, 04:25 PM
ParaOrdnance P14-45. t'was a rental. in the same session I shot a Kahr K40, and my buddies Walther P99. for some reason, I folded my thumb over like some people do with a revolver the first shot through the Kahr. :what: learned *real* quick not to do that. negative reinforcement is the best teacher..:D

January 4, 2003, 04:29 PM
Not sure. I went with a friend who brought several to the range. Could have been an H&K P7M8 or a Glock 17 or a Glock 19.


January 4, 2003, 08:19 PM
Ruger 22/22mag Single 6, $95 (1976)

January 4, 2003, 08:41 PM
A buddy's S & W Model 28, Highway Patrolman many years ago. He sold it to me, and I'll never part with it.

January 4, 2003, 08:46 PM
Glock 27. For someone who had only previously shot a .22 rifle twice, recoil was a bit more than I was used to. :)

January 4, 2003, 09:09 PM
Taurus .357 with 7" barrel. NO EAR PLUGS!!! Couldn't hear a dang thing for about a hour.

Peter M. Eick
January 4, 2003, 09:20 PM
38 Diamondback, I still have the gun, and it was over 25 years ago.

Jason Demond
January 4, 2003, 11:29 PM
My Dad thought it would be funny to give a 5 year old a S&W model 29 {.44mag}, and let him {Me} have at it. Needless to say, the gun went flying and I went running. All was ok though, as there was only one round in the gun, and it {gun} fell in the grass.:uhoh:

January 5, 2003, 01:04 AM
An illegal war trophy Webley MkVI, in .455. That was in UK. I was in teens ...... and fascinated. About same time tho .. in junior army corps ..... a Smith .22 revolver also .. similar time . forget the model.

I do still have a MkVI ... just as a collector's piece, tho I do load for it.

January 5, 2003, 01:33 AM
My dad's .357 S&W...man I loved that gun.

Dr. J
January 5, 2003, 01:51 AM
Ruger single-six that belonged to my father. Now it's mine and still a lot of fun to shoot.

January 5, 2003, 01:56 AM
S&W model 10

January 5, 2003, 03:56 AM
S&W Model 28 .357 Highway Patrolman

January 5, 2003, 10:28 AM
Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 mag. I'd guess that was around 1965, my father had just gotten it for Christmas. It's in my safe now.

January 5, 2003, 10:30 AM
The first handgun I shot was a Ruger GP100. Second Thompson Contender in 44mag.

January 5, 2003, 10:35 AM
My Dad's Remington Rand 1911. A fun day about 40 years ago.

January 5, 2003, 04:51 PM
Firestar 9mm semiauto. Small gun with a little kick to it. Can't find it anywhere nowaday. Anyone familiar with this gun compared to something like a Kahr?

January 5, 2003, 09:15 PM
S&W K22 at age two (and-a-half :) ).
P08 Luger about a year later.
Gun nut ever since.

January 5, 2003, 10:17 PM
The first handgun i ever shot was a AMT 22lr backup , when i was
about 14 . The Gun was a total piece of crapp . My dad worked in
a jewelry store at the time , and wanted to try out his store defense gun , at the range . It was fun when it worked , but i remember the thing jammed almost twice every magazine .
Not a good gun for defense , but when your a young teenager
any gun seemed fun at the time.

January 5, 2003, 11:19 PM
First for me was my Dads S&W .22 revolver. Made in the mid thirties...it still shoots beter than I ever will. My brother has it now...even though he NEVER shoots. Dad thought that since I had two .22s...I didn't need it. Whats this NEED thing, anyway!?Well...thats the one that "lit the fire" for me.

January 6, 2003, 09:56 AM
.45 in basic

January 6, 2003, 09:59 AM
My dad's NAA .22 short mini.

January 6, 2003, 10:12 AM
Ruger First-model Blackhawk, Ser. #1002. Built in 1956, I believe.

6 1/2" bbl., aluminum grip frame, a very light gun for a .44 mag. It belonged to the father of a friend, who sold it before I started buying guns in earnest. It had the lightest hair-trigger you'd never want to meet. If you touched the trigger when cocked, the hammer dropped. A bit scary, at first. Later figured out it was very nice.

Shot a full box of those insane Remington Yellow-box 180 grn softpoints that are rated at 1600 fps from a vented 4" barrel. Every shot tried to bury the gun in your forehead. So much for "Lighter bullets recoil LESS."

Hand hurt for a couple of days. Severe recoil opened my thumb knuckle from catching the top of the grip frame when the gun rolled when fired. Made for a bloody floor, as it cut my buddy's thumb too. Ears rang through the ear-plugs. Those Yellow-boxers are VIOLENT!

January 6, 2003, 07:36 PM
S&W Hiway patrolman in .357 4" bl Mr Irwin .....whats the model number again ??????I seem to keep forgeting!!! :banghead:

January 6, 2003, 08:03 PM
A tiny beretta 21 in .22lr
I got a 2 foot grouping at 20 feet :D

January 6, 2003, 08:34 PM
I don't remember. It was 1950-something. I wanted to shoot the shotgun.

First shotgun was a Model 12 20 gauge along about 1956 or so. I was 6 and begged my dad to let me shoot it. He finally did. He stood to the side and cradled his gun, I pulled the trigger and that hi-brass #6 knocked on my butt in the middle of the dirt road.

Finally got around to buying a pistol in 1972. So let's just say the first pistol I shot was my Single-Six.


January 7, 2003, 12:32 AM
It was in 1964, I was 7 years old and the pistol was a 4" taper barrel S&W mod 10.

January 7, 2003, 12:48 AM
S&W model 15, combat masterpeice....Air Force issue :cool:

Mike Irwin
January 7, 2003, 12:51 AM

The Highway Patrolman is also known as the Model 28.

January 7, 2003, 11:38 PM
The first handgun I shot was a S&W 422 when I was 5 years old. I still have that gun and shoot it on occasion.

Mike Irwin
January 8, 2003, 01:14 AM

How old are you? 14-15?

Good to see another younun interested in the shooting sports!

January 8, 2003, 11:23 AM
My dads Ruger Security six.

January 9, 2003, 12:17 AM
Either a .22 Snubnose (Unknown Brand) or S&W 10, both were on the same day, but I forgot which I shot first

January 9, 2003, 12:36 AM
Mr. Irwin,

19 actually.

January 9, 2003, 01:42 AM
Browning Hi-Power.

January 9, 2003, 04:00 AM
A K22 of course.


January 9, 2003, 12:29 PM
1911 A1. U.S.M.C. Boot Camp or I.T.R.

Jim Higginbotham
January 9, 2003, 11:40 PM
It was a Colt 1911a1. I was five and my dad had to help me hold it. The noise made my ears ring *loud* and the empty went straight down the back of my neck and I was jumping around like crazy - forgot all about the gun (but my dad had it by then).

I never fired a .45 again until I was about 15 (which was probably the point to that exercise anyway - but I doubt my dad would admit that). I did shoot a few .22s in the interim.

Press on,
Jim H.

January 10, 2003, 03:13 AM
Glock 19, hated it. thought I wasn't a handgun type. Shot a HP got addicted, bought a CZ-75.

January 10, 2003, 09:28 AM
1980 ARMY basic training,Fort Dix New Jersey.
1911/A1 Colt 45ACP.
Rocked and recoiled like a bear.
The shooter next to me got spiked from the hammer hitting him in the tang.Obvisiously let the pistol slide to low on his hand.
Never acquired a taste for 1911 Colts then, have drawn a slight interest to them 20 years later.

4v50 Gary
January 10, 2003, 02:03 PM
Browing Hi-Power.

January 10, 2003, 07:09 PM
High Standard 106 and a S&W m27 on the same day.

January 11, 2003, 12:58 AM
Walther P38 WW2 bringback in 1958.

January 11, 2003, 04:01 AM
Also a K-22, but it was at a shooting gallery at the Minnesota State Fair. I was probably in the fourth or fifth grade. Other than the corn dogs, it was about the only thing that interested me at the fair...


January 11, 2003, 10:59 PM
first gun as a kid.....unknown make 22 pistol

first gun that i know the model ...colt 1911

first revolver .44mag s&w...did not pick up another revolver for 10 years

January 12, 2003, 10:55 AM
Browning buckmark.
First centrefire was a model 66 S&W.

More than I can count since then.


January 12, 2003, 12:04 PM
A Springfield Armoury .45 ACP. What a way to learn!

January 12, 2003, 06:25 PM
Dad was the CO of a National Guard company, and managed to get me onto the pistol range on "qual" day after his MPs had fired for record. I was nine or ten, and a burly sergeant gave me a quick safety briefing, then handed me what seemed like the biggest, grayest pistol in the world. Naturally, it was a 1911A1 .45.

I shot it at 25 yards -- I don't think I hit much -- and clearly remember the recoil pushing my little arms up so far that my forearms rapped the GI steel pot on my head. I got to shoot two mags of five rounds each.

Never did get over it. Twenty-one years later, my carry gun is a Commander .45.


Lord Soth
January 12, 2003, 06:32 PM
The first gun I ever fired was a Smith and Wesson 38 Special 6 shot double action revolver. The second gun I fired was another Smith and Wesson; a 9mm semi auto. The third gun I fired was a Vector Arms Uzi Standard Full Auto. As you can probably guess I have just taken up shooting.

January 12, 2003, 06:44 PM
Walther PPKS 380acp

My uncle took me out when I was about 12
and we shot at some beer cans. The kick was pretty stout
and needless to say I did not hit anything.

I was hooked from that moment

January 12, 2003, 06:44 PM
Walther PPKS 380acp

My uncle took me out when I was about 12
and we shot at some beer cans. The kick was pretty stout
and needless to say I did not hit anything.

I was hooked from that moment

January 12, 2003, 06:45 PM
Walther PPKS 380acp

My uncle took me out when I was about 12
and we shot at some beer cans. The kick was pretty stout
and needless to say I did not hit anything.

I was hooked from that moment

Walther P99
January 12, 2003, 10:33 PM
My SIG P230.

Walther P99
January 12, 2003, 10:34 PM
My SIG P230 quite a while ago.

Walther P99
January 12, 2003, 10:42 PM
My SIG P230 quite a while ago.

January 15, 2003, 03:58 AM
Raven Arms .25acp... belonged to my Dad... he still has it and it still functions well even after having the magazines loaded for over 20 yrs. He paid $15.00 for it in the early 70's.

January 15, 2003, 07:27 AM
My first pistol that I shot was a Beretta Mark 1 in 22lr. As soon as I shot it I wanted something bigger to shoot.:D

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