Your first five firearms purchases...


Vitamin G
October 3, 2006, 10:56 AM
I was thinking about another thread, and it got me to thinking "If i could go back in time and change my gun purchases, what would I change, what would I change them to, and why?"

I bought, in order... (and i had to think really hard about it, and it was only 4 years!)
Bersa .380
Glock 26
Kimber TLE II (Trading the Bersa in on it)
Colt Delta Elite (Trading the Glock 26 + $100 for it :D )
FM Browning Hi-Power

If i could go back, i'd avoid .380 as a first caliber. It was snappier than I anticipated, and I couldn't practice alot with it for cost.

I'd also skip the glock 26. Sometimes. Occasionally I miss it, but i think that "gee, i can get a 29 and practically double the potency in nearly the same package" the thickness was also a turn-off for me, especially in early CCW, knowing little about quality holsters.

I'd have moved the Hi-power up to maybe my first gun. It would have afforded me lots of practice to become competent in basic shooting, and easily doubled as a carry gun.

How about everyone else? Any regrets when you look at your first 5 purchases? What would you do again, JUST in terms of shootability...
Answers such as "I would have bought 5 H&K P7M13's for $500 each and put them all in a safe" are cheating :neener:

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M2 Carbine
October 3, 2006, 11:08 AM
When you could buy through the mail I bought a,
Beretta 25cal Jetfire, $20
38 S&W Webley revolver, $18
S&W 2 inch Model 10. $65
NIB Remington GI 1911A1, $17 (through the NRA)
M1 Carbine, $20 (through the NRA.

If I could change the purchases, I'd buy every 1911A1 and M1 Carbine I could get my hands on.

Also I'd buy a bunch of Lugers, P-38s , Thompsons, etc.:)

Yes it's cheating, but I'd but a P-51 Mustang to. They were affordable back then.

Aggie's Revenge
October 3, 2006, 11:17 AM
My First 4...

1) Ruger P90DC
2) L&E No4 Mk1
3) M1 Garand
4) S&W Sigma .40

I would have skipped the Ruger and Sigma and bought the Sig 220 I have now, first. Ah but we live and learn. Wouldn't trade either rifle for anything in the world.

Brian Williams
October 3, 2006, 11:20 AM
I moved the thread to General Gun sbecause it will incompass more guns that way not just handguns.

My first 5 were
22lr Higgins Sears bolt action
36 cal 1851 Navy clone
22year hiatus
Winchester Model 70 Classic compact
357 Taurus 7 shot 6"
Glock 19 Won in raffle
A bunch of other junk.

What I really should have gotten
Marlin 39M
1911a1 from NRA
No hiatus
Win 70 pre-64, before they got expensive
S&W 58 or 13 3"
Stevens 311 in 28gauge

October 3, 2006, 11:28 AM
As I recall the first 3 guns I bought (not gifts) were

Remington 11-48 12 ga. (favorite uncle's gun)
Stevens 20 gauge single shot
Marlin Model 60 .22

All gone, sadly.

October 3, 2006, 11:35 AM
1)taurus pt99

2)charter arms bulldog .44sp

3)gp100 6"

4)colt 1991A1

5)colt commando

these are the ones,I bought.

choose over:pprobably skip the pt99,nice pistol,still have it(20yrs.old),it's
just to big for my hand.

October 3, 2006, 11:42 AM
The best of my memory
1. Star Firestar 9mm
2. Glock 26 (no longer have)
3. Bushmaster AR-15 (before AWB expired)
4. Savage Bolt Action .22lr
5. H&K USP .45 full size

Only thing I'd change is the Glock, I didn't like the feel of it so I ended up selling it earlier this year. I think I would have been better off getting a 1911 as one of my first 5 guns. Oh well, so long as I don't end up selling another gun, I'm happy.

October 3, 2006, 11:49 AM
That's a good one. As far as I can remember, I think they were:

1. S&W Mod 60
2. Remington 11-87
3. SIG 228
4. Ruger Red Label
5. Browning 425

The only one I regret was the Red Label. It's wasn't a bad gun at all, but it just made me want the Browning O/U even more.

The only ones I still have are the Mod 60 and the 425.

October 3, 2006, 11:55 AM
1. Norinco SKS (still have it)
2. Glock 21 (1st gen, sold)
3. Ruger P89 (sold)
4. Remington 870 (sold, kicking self)
5. Springfield 1911 GI (keeper)

Wish I'd hung on to the shotgun. G21 probably wasn't the best choice as a first handgun but I liked it. Not enough to hang on to it though.

Also wouldn't mind still having the p89 as a cheap plinker.

October 3, 2006, 11:56 AM
These Were my first 5

Ruger 10/22
WUM-1 Romanian AK clone
Ruger 22/45
Bulgarian Makarov
Ballester Molina

This is what I get for living less than a mile from J&G Sales.

Keith Wheeler
October 3, 2006, 12:00 PM
1) Ithaca M-49 single shot .22 lever action
2) Stainless steel Mini-14 with factory folder
3) Cobray M-11 pistol
4) Cobray M-11 SMG
5) AR-15

I still have all but 3 & 4.

October 3, 2006, 12:05 PM
Winchester 1300 12 ga.
Ruger 22/45 .22lr
Remington m700 Mt. rifle .270 win
Ruger .22 carbine
Glock 23

I got these guns in that order. the only one i would change is the rem. mt. rifle. i would change it to a rem. m700 cdl in .270 win. the cdl just fits me so good! got the mt. rifle when i was younger and smaller. great gun though. still have em all.

October 3, 2006, 12:08 PM
In the early 70's
Winchester Model 70 in 30-06
Ithaca Model 37 in 12 guage
(still have both of them)

In the last 5 years
Sig P228 in 9mm
S&W 686 in .357
Browning Buckmark Camper

Red Tornado
October 3, 2006, 12:27 PM
To the best of my memory, my first five purchases were:

Mosin 91/30
Mossberg 500A 12Ga
***Got C&R***
M1 Garand

The only one I don't have is the Mossberg. When I got an 11-48 in 12 gauge from Dakotasin, it became expendable and I decided I'd rather have a Savage .223 than the Mossy, so I traded. I don't regret it yet. (I really wanted a double barrel anyway, but only had about $200 at the time.)

October 3, 2006, 12:42 PM
Since I only have a few guns, here is the order in which I purchased them:

- Springfield Armory M1 Garand (.308)
- Kimber Custom Target II (.45)
- Browning Buckmark Hunter (.22)
- Para LTC (.45)
- FN HiPower (9mm)
- Henry Lever Action Octagon (.22)

If I was doing things over again here is what I would change.

1. The HiPower would be higher on the list. Itís a great gun that is accurate, is relatively inexpensive to shoot, and is completely reliable.

2. I would have purchased a different .22 pistol. The Buckmark is reliable and fairly accurate, but the barrel on the Hunter is a bit long when just plinking from a weight and gun balance point of view, and since Iím not out shooting varmints it is a bit much.

3. Finally, I would probably trade one of my .45s for something else. I like both guns, but I am not head over heals in love with either. Perhaps a SIG or a wheel gun instead.

October 3, 2006, 12:51 PM
Inherited my first 3:

Winchester Model 62a .22LR
S&W Model 17 .22LR
Winchester Model 70 (1958) 30-06

My first 5 purchases:

Ruger M77 (tang safety) .270
Walther P99 9mm
Glock 19 9mm
Ruger Mark II .22LR
CZ-452 .22LR

October 3, 2006, 12:56 PM
In order:

CZ P01
Mosin M44
Taurus PT111
Sig P232
Taurus PT145

October 3, 2006, 12:56 PM
My first five:
1. Winchester 1894 AE in .30-30
2. Winchester 9422
3. Ruger 1022
4. Colt Official Police .38SPL
5. Walther PP in .32ACP

In an act of stupidity, I sold the Ruger a number of years ago.
But I have inherited and purchased a number of other firearms since then.

October 3, 2006, 01:00 PM
1. Maverick 88.
2. Bersa .380, now sold.
3. Kimber Custom II.
4. Ruger 10/22.
5. S&W Model 19-5.

I'd make the Smith the first handgun purchase, eliminating the Bersa and moving my Single Six into #5.


Harry Paget Flashman
October 3, 2006, 01:00 PM
-Ruger Blackhawk .357/9mm revolver
-Winchester Model 70 .308
-Browning Hi-Power 9mm
-Browning Nomad .22
-Herters .22 SA revolver

The Herters revolver was so bad that I put it out of my misery with a few rounds from the Blackhawk. It's probably still in the woods somewhere up at Lake Pillsbury, CA.

October 3, 2006, 01:01 PM
1) S&W 681 (.357)
2) S&W Model 13, nickel (.357)
3) Taurus 94 (.22lr)
4) CZ 40 (.40)
5) Bersa 380

Still have the 681 & the Bersa.

October 3, 2006, 01:03 PM
I only have 2 guns right now, but I have about 3 that I plan on buying over the next year or so.

1. Savage Model III in 7mm Remington Magnum
2. Springfield XD-9 OD Green Ported 4 inch

Future purchases:
3. Ruger 10/22
4. Either an SP-101 or Smith & Wesson Lady Smith (for my wife)
5. Either a Springfield or Kimber 1911 (depends on my budget at the time)

October 3, 2006, 01:06 PM
Wouldn't have to go back too far to change anything, because I started shooting and buying guns only last year. Here's the first 5:

1. Ruger 10/22 - only regret was having traded it for #2
2. Savage 10FP .223 - tack driver
3. GLOCK 19 - sold, replaced by CZ75B
4. Yugo M59/66 - favorite plinker
5. RC Kar98k - shot it so frequently, that I cracked the stock :(

October 3, 2006, 01:07 PM
My first five:

#1) Traded a Remington single-shot .22 and $75 for an M-1 carbine and a box of ammo.

#2) Saved up and bought a Colt Gold Cup 1911.

#3) Many years later, I found a deal on Swedish Mausers and picked myself up
an Oberndorf 1899.

#4) A bit after that, I picked up a S&W Model 10.

#5) And after that was the Star Firestar M45 I picked up as a carry gun.

At least that's how I think it went.

October 3, 2006, 01:09 PM
My first 5...
1. Winchester 1300 defender (Had to keep it in my buddies dad's gun safe because I was 18, still lived at home, and mom wouldnt have a gun in the house)
2. Marlin 25N-Spent hours shooting, tuning, and admiring this gun-still love it.
3. Ruger 22/45 target model-cheap plinking but also highly accurate.
4. Yugo SKS-Always liked these rifles, I need to get it out again but Im playing with my new AR right now
4. Mosin Nagant M91-30-Cheap and with lots of power. I can never get more than 40 rounds through this guy before I stop.

Looking back Im happy with my first purchases...They are humble guns but I bought them all for "strategic" reasons, and since I was a dirt poor college student and EMT when I got them, each one was a major purchase to me. The hours of enjoyment from shooting these guns, spending time with friends, and reading about and improving these guns is really priceless.
Come to think of it that new AR I built this week cost more than all of these guns combined.

October 3, 2006, 01:22 PM
1. Glock 19 (still my favorite)
2. Benellie SBE
3. S&W 457
4. Remington 870 "wingmaster"
5. Ruger 10/22

No regrets

October 3, 2006, 02:21 PM
1) 10/22
2) bersa .380
3) S&W K38
4) S&W model 60
5) S&W Model 39

All are gone now.

October 3, 2006, 02:21 PM
I only have had 3...

1: Sig P220 (sold)
2: Glock 26
3: Glock 17

The Sig was my duty gun, then they changed weapons on us so I had to sell it for the glock. I like shooting the glocks more though.

Anna's Dad
October 3, 2006, 02:30 PM
1) Ruger P-345 (gift from the wife)
2) Springfield XD-9
3) Beretta Tomcat INOX
4) Kel-Tec P32
5) Auto-Ordnance 1911A1

Couldn't be happier with my first two.

I wish I'd never bought the Beretta or the Kel-Tec even though they have both been fine guns.

If I didn't already have the Beretta (.32 caliber) I would have probably bought the Kel-Tec P3AT rather than the P32. Since the Beretta is so darn heavy, I almost never pocket carry it. I think I would probably have been better off with the P3AT over the P32 just from a stopping power standpoint.

I'm fine with the AO 1911A1--its still relatively new, but its been great as long as I give if the right ammo (doesn't like HP at all). I was looking to have a 1911 to play with without dropping the big bucks so its exactly what I wanted/expected--maybe even a little better than I expected.

EDIT: I thought about it and I actually bought a Sig Trailside and a Browning Buckmark before the AO 1911A1 (forgot about my .22's for some reason). I love the Trailside. Probably wouldn't buy the Browning if I had it to do over. There's nothing wrong with it, I just like the Trailside so much more I'd probably rather have two of them.

October 3, 2006, 02:50 PM
1. Browning HP Mk III
2. Bulgarian Makarov
3. Colt Trooper Mk III
4. Romanian AK-47
5. Sig P226

Why yes, I do have nice taste in firearms. Thanks for noticing :D

October 3, 2006, 03:29 PM
Ruger 10/22, when I turned 12
Ruger Mini-14 Stainless Ranch Rifle, when I turned 18

Recently to finish off the first 5,
Marlin 1895GS
Sig Sauer 220SS
Sig/Hammerli Trailside .22

Next up - Marlin 336SS .30WCF

October 3, 2006, 03:35 PM
1. CZ 75 PCR (couldn't find a high power)
2. well its kinda a gun, the kadet conversion for the CZ
3. Swiss k-31
4. S&W mp 15
5. currently working a deal on a kimber custom TLE II

still havent found my highpower :(

October 3, 2006, 03:45 PM
Let's see.

1. a cheap .22LR autoload pistol from Brasil that I can't even recall the name
2. Marlin .22LR bolt action, tube-fed (don't recall the model)
3. Remington 700V (6mm Rem)
4. Wea. Vanguard VGX (.270 Win)
5. Wea. Mark V (.300 Wea. mag).

This to the best of my memory.


October 3, 2006, 04:04 PM
Okay, I'll play...

1) Rossi Model 62 pump-action .22 rifle

2) HK USP F/S .40S&W

3) Kimber 1911 Custom Target .45ACP

4) S&W 686+ 6" .357

5) Mossberg 500 Persuader 12G

I still have all but the Mossy & kimber, they were replaced with a Benelli M3S90, Mossberg 590A1, Springfield Armory 1911A1 loaded black stainless, Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special & Premier II. Worthy successors, I think.

I think the general rule is that most folks start out inexpensive & move up the scale, all the while missing their old guns. Kind of like the folks growing up in the '60s & '70s that had the really killer muscle cars of the day-coulda, woulda, shoulda.

October 3, 2006, 04:27 PM
Had to think about this but here they are. I'm certain about 1 and 2 and fairly certain on 3-5.

1) Remington 870 Wingmaster
2) 6" 686
3) 659
4) Taurus 66
5) 645

I no longer own any of these. The only one I really regret selling is the 686.

October 3, 2006, 04:45 PM
Marlin-Glenfield Model 60 .22
Italian Carcano 6.5mm Carbine
Tanfolio-Guiseppe .380 pistol (Beretta clone)
Marlin bolt-action .22
Browning Hi-Power 9mm

Well, the .22's were good investiments. I actually wore out the Model 60. There were more supplies of Italian 6.5mm twenty-two years ago, but the cartridges were of poor quality. The .380 worked well, but the bluing wore off too quickly. The Hi-Power is the best pistol I have ever owned.

I was a poor college kid at the time and could afford very little. For about three years the first three weapons on the list were my only weapons I had. I only bought the Hi-Power after my first decent post-college job. My near poverty affected my ability to buy fancier firearms.

El Tejon
October 3, 2006, 04:52 PM
What if it has been so long you cannot remember?:D :neener:

I remember buying an Australian FAL on my 18th birthday. Believe that was the first gun I bought filling out the 4473 (*old geezer voice* I remember when they were yellow--where's my world's fair spoon?) myself.

In high school my dad would buy the guns for me.:) I bought mainly .22s (rifles and pistols), and a couple of centerfire rifles, but bought my first shotgun the summer between junior and senior year, a 12 ga. 870 and spent many happy days evaporating produce on my uncle's farm with #4 buckshot.:D

The rest are lost to the mists of time, I still have a few on my early guns, but have long since sold or traded 95% of them away.

October 3, 2006, 04:58 PM
Winchester 1300
Glock 23
WASR-10 AK-47
Taurus 85

Cato the Younger
October 3, 2006, 05:02 PM
1. Ruger 10/22
2. Savage 210F
3. Benelli SBE
4. No 1 Mk III SMLE
5. Springfield XD 9 Service model 4"

Hopefully I can get more guns once I make some $$ over x-mas break.

October 3, 2006, 05:12 PM
1 - H&K USP45 (sold it and upgraded to #4)
2 - Yugo Mauser M48 (sold it because the bolt was hard to operate and it wasn't a German K98)
3 - Century L1A1 (total piece of crap, didn't last 2 mags before it literally fell apart, got a refund on it)
4 - H&K Mark 23
5 - H&K P7M8 (sold it because I was stupid)

October 3, 2006, 06:04 PM
I regret putting so much time and effort into C&Rs. They are neat, but finding non-corrosive ammo to put through them, a place to fire them, finding a sanitary place to clean of the cosmo and dealing with their functioning issues makes them less fun to shoot at times. I wish I had spent the money on something a little more user-friendly. (I am talking about the bolt guns, my Yugo SKS is loads of fun.)

I also regret Dremeling the retention tabs on the tube mag of my 870 ExpSuperMag. Yeah, now I can hold eight rounds, but once I realized it was a handy barrel-changing feature and not Remington trying keep me down, I regret not leaving the ESM as a duck gun and buying Express HD to make tacticool.

Other than that, not much real regret, I bought my wife a SIG P232 that is not a caliber I like, and she never shoots it, (Matter of fact most folks don't like shooting it,) but I like it for a range toy, so I don't regret getting it.

Now that I can actually buy an AR, I almost regret buying an SU-16CA, but it is still a neat usefull little rifle.

I try to focus less on the regret and more on the "What to get next time." (And that's a whole new world since I just moved to a free state.):D

October 3, 2006, 06:26 PM
1)Romanian SAR1 AK47
2)Mossberg 500 12ga Field Model
3)Springfield XD 45 Service
4)Uberti repro Remington 1858 New Army
5)Keltec P-3AT

The Deer Hunter
October 3, 2006, 06:28 PM
Remington 870 winmaster with enhanced receiver engraving
Benelli M1-S90
Marlin model 782 .22 mag rifle

dont have 5. yet...

October 3, 2006, 07:25 PM

1: IAI Javalina 10 mm (a poor choice for a first gun, particularly if you've never fired a gun before and also the gun itself)

2: Ruger MkII (KMK10)

3: Taurus PT99AF (nickle)

4: Ruger 10/22 (RB)

5: Not sure which one after #4.

October 3, 2006, 07:28 PM
The first five I bought, hmm need to think about this.

1. Remington 700 Classic ltd. edition 220 Swift
2. Remington 870 Express mag 28" bbl. 12ga
3. Ruger #1B sporter bbl 30-06
4. Bushmaster AR-15 20" 223
5. Browning BT-99 12ga

That was before I was 21. Once I turned 21, I bought these 5 handguns first.

1. Glock 26 9mm
2. Ruger MkII standard 22lr
3. Ruger Super Redhawk 9 1/2" bbl 44mag
4. Smith & Wesson 686 357mag
5. H&K USP 45acp

Wow, that took some thinking.:D

October 3, 2006, 07:32 PM
I will have to deal with the first five purchased of my current collection since I will not remember the first five ever. I do remember that the first handgun I ever bought myself was a Taurus .22mag revolver though.

The first five of my current collection are as follows...

1. .32acp Beretta Tomcat (stainless)
2. .45acp Kimber Pro Carry II (stainless)
3. .44mag Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter 7.5" (stainless)
4. .357mag Ruger GP100 6" (stainless)
5. .357mag Ruger SP101 2.25" (stainless)

Of my current collection the only gun I regret buying is the Beretta Tomcat since I have bought others of the same caliber that better suit my needs since.

October 3, 2006, 07:37 PM
1. Glock 26
2. Keltec P32
3. Post-ban Bushmaster Dissipator AR15
4. Glock 19
5. Remington 870HD

I've since sold the G26 and the Keltec, turned the Dissipator into an M4 with all the evil features, and turned the 870 into a 12" SBS. The Glock 19 is currently on my hip. :)

October 3, 2006, 07:51 PM
Mossberg 800
Marlin 795
Kimber Classic Stanless
Taurus .357 4.5"

I don't know about you guys, but out of all the guns I bought, that Kimber I purchased on my BIRTHDAY AT 8AM was the most exciting...

October 3, 2006, 07:58 PM
1. Taurus PT92
2. Taurus 85
3. Norinco SKS

October 3, 2006, 08:21 PM
First 5 handguns were:

Browning Hi Power 9mm
Ruger Blackhawk 45 Colt/45 ACP convertable
Browning Buckmark .22
Ruger Security Six .357
Colt Diamondback .22

and more followed...

October 3, 2006, 08:22 PM
Cheating a little... going by the first 5 times I bought guns rather than 5 guns because times 4 and 5 I bought multiple guns:

1. CZ 452 Varmint
2. S&W M18-4
3. CZ75B
4. Ruger 10/22, Henry Lever, Ruger GP100
5. Browning Buckmark Hunter, Glock G19, S&W 1911

- Zero regrets about the M18, Henry H001, GP100, and the G19...
- Mostly happy with the CZ452 & CZ75, but might have purchased differently, but similarly, now...
- Regret the 10/22, Buckmark, and the 1911; could have done without and/or would likely purchase differently if done again...

Mind you, none of the regretted items were due to the quality of those arms, but rather their usefulness or enjoyability to me. The 452 was an excellent first gun for me to build my discipline and marksmanship, but getting the Varmint model was probably overkill and overbuilt for me considering I'm only punching paper and the odd squirrel. The CZ75 is similar, great first semi-automatic pistol, but now getting little play time compared to the easier to clean & carry G19. The 10/22 and Buckmark "only" good for plinking which I can accomplish with my Henry or Kadet Kit. And the 1911 was just an unnecessary extravagance.

October 3, 2006, 08:23 PM
Hi-Point 9mm
S&W 5906
Taurus 66
SigPro 2340
Mossberg 500

In that order.....

October 3, 2006, 08:29 PM
Colt M1911, made in 1921
Trapdoor springfield, 45-70, original
High Standard .22LR pistol
S&W 686 6"

still have the M1911 and the Garand. Rest are gone. I very much regret getting rid of the trapdoor (was in beautiful shape). Ever since then I've had a rule, "never sell any guns again".

October 3, 2006, 08:44 PM
Ruger Mini-14
Ruger Super single-six
Universal Stainless M-1 carbine
Taurus Model 85
Taurus Model 66

The only ones of those I still have are the Mini and the Model 85.


October 3, 2006, 08:48 PM
Mini-14 in 1976
Steyr built Chilean Mauser Model 1912 in 7x57
Bushmaster AR15
FEG Hi-power clone
Glock 17

Wish I had gotten a 19 instead of a 17, also a FN vs. FEG Hi-Power. Should have gotten a pre-ban AK, Galil or HK instead of the Mini.

Made me think, thanks for the mental exercise.:D

October 3, 2006, 08:51 PM
This is difficult...

Marlin 1894 .44 Rem. Mag.
Taurus M85UL .38 Spl.
Marlin Model 60 .22 LR
Smith & Wesson 1000M 12-ga.
Taurus 606 .357 Mag.

October 3, 2006, 08:52 PM
+ S&W 22LA target pistol with 7" barrel
+ Ruger 10/22
+ Mini 14
+ Ar15 20"
+ Henry single shot .22 for daughter

I sold the S & W soon, it was too large for my hand

Sold the Mini-14, because I liked the AR15 better. Sometimes
I regret that, but I bought another AR15 to be able to share parts if needed.

The 10/22 has been fun for me and my kids.

The Henry single shot is more fun for me than my daughter. She doesn't like iron sights, but for me it's been like a super accurate target pistol in iron sights.

Since then I have gotten a Browning BL-22 lever, and the Marlin 60ss .22, a 870 Remington, and a 1894 in 38/357.

I'm not so keen on the AR15 anymore, I more partial to the lever guns these days. I think my main problem is I got HBAR barrels. too heavy.

October 3, 2006, 08:54 PM
My first 5:
1. Taurus 380 (don't recall the model designation)
2. HK P7M8
3. HK 91
4. S&W 4506
5. Glock 23

Of those guns, I only have the P7M8 remaining and the only one I really regret getting rid of was that 91 :(

October 3, 2006, 09:18 PM

First 5 if my memory serves me correctly,

1. Dan Wesson .44 Mag (gone, wife was P.O.'d about that deal. She thought the gun was her's)

2. Ruger 10/22 (still have, daughter thinks the gun is hers)

3. Colt 1911 Series 70 (still have, everyone knows who owns it)

4. S&W Model 19 ( gone, my experimenting with small caliber handgun stage)

5. Colt 1911 Series 70 (gone, sold it to raise funds for first house :banghead: ) Trust me, never ever do this. You will regret it.

October 3, 2006, 09:40 PM
I'm assuming we're talking about bought new through a store as opposed to through individuals or hand-me-downs.

1. NEF .410 single shot (still have). Great gun that will never leave me.
2. Glock 23 now in my father's possession since I could not hit crap with it for some reason (wasn't the gun, a LEO friend put a 1.5" group together after I hit the paper 7 out of 10 and said "it isn't the gun")
3. Bushmaster AR15 (currently for sale in the classifieds section) Great gun, I just want to free up the cash for a couple cheaper firearms. I'll get another AR at some point, maybe a FAL beforehand... Gotta love that light-recoiling 5.56mm though... The AR is a slick piece of machinery, for sure.
4. Mosin-Nagant M44, matching numbers 1946 model. Mil-surps are too cool.
5. Mosin-Nagant ex-dragoon from 1923 with 91/30 sights and stock from a later rearsenal, but still with matching numbers on the metal parts (no electropenciling). Better balance than the M44 despite being as long as a musket!

I am totally satisfied with how things went with these guns.

Cool thread idea!


October 3, 2006, 09:54 PM
1.) Marlin Model 60. Gift from a friend when I was in my early 20s.
2.) Phoenix Arms .22. My ex-husband convinced me it was good enough for me to shoot wild dogs and rabid coyotes with. The sights wouldn't stay in one place and something or other broke while I was cleaning it and it is still sitting in a box in my closet. Like that gun a lot better than I like the ex.
3.) Sig P232. Got rid of the husband, got a better gun. Still have it.
4.) S&W Model 22A. Won it. Nice gun but a PITA to clean it so I rarely shoot it unless I'm taking kids out. Should probably sell it but probably won't.
5.) XD-9.
6.) Browning BPS 12 gauge.
7.) M1 Garand.

Next gun?

I'm thinking an AR15. And maybe a Sig 229.

Can't think of much else I'd really ever want, though.

October 3, 2006, 10:04 PM
1) Revelation 12 gauge single. 2) Ithaca 20 gauge pump 3) Marlin 60 4) Jennings .22 (how'd that happen) 5) Walther P38. I wanted a Ruger Single Six when I bought the Jennings, but couldn't afford it.

October 3, 2006, 10:08 PM
My ideal first purchases would be:

1) CZ 75D PCR
2) Mossberg 500 or 590
3) AR-15/M4
4) CZ Kadet .22LR conversion kit (if that counts as one)
5) Maybe a Kel-Tec P32 for a BUG or a Mark 23 SOCOM for a full sized, total package pistol.

October 3, 2006, 11:04 PM
It was so long ago and seems so far away :fire: :banghead: -
My first was an 1897 Winchester trench gun for about $175, second was an M1 carbine with 2 30 round mags for $125, third and fourth were a brace of Charter Arms Undercovers for about $150, and last but not least was a Browning High Power with 3 13 round mags and a shoulder rig for the princely sum of $300.
All purchased on the same day, at a gun show in (believe it or not kids) - Mountain View, California. And all, sadly, sold long ago.

October 3, 2006, 11:30 PM
Hmmmmmmmmm, my first five?

1) some brand of single-shot 12 ga. (couldn't get it to function properly, my Dad returned it after only firing two rounds thru it)
2) Mossberg 20ga. bolt-action with a variable choke (I might have fired it twice)
3) Marlin 336C (had to sell it a year later, bought a replacement for it eventually, but sold it too, as I wasn't into hunting any longer)
4) Stevens 12 ga pump (sold it to a kid in the neighborhood, because he needed a gun for deer season)
5) Colt AR-15A2 (got raped when I got rid of it, but I've told that story before)

The only one I wish I still had is the Colt.

October 3, 2006, 11:35 PM
First five were:

S&W Mod. 48 .22 MRF.

Colt National Match .45 ACP Midrange (got interested in NRA 2700 bullseye).
S&W Mod. 41 .22 LR.
S&W Mod. 52 .38 Special Midrange.
Colt Government Model .45 ACP tightened and tuned to be my hardball gun.

S&W Mod. 60 Stainless .38 Special (house gun).

I still have them all and would do it again.

October 3, 2006, 11:38 PM
Well, the first two were purchased for me, but I'll include them anyway:

1: Ruger MkII (bought new for me in 1984 - I was 12) - still have it
2: Browning BL22 lever-action (bought new for me in 1985) - still have it
3: S&W 66 4" - sold
4: Colt Combat Commander .45 - sold
5: Maverick 18" 12 ga. - now a trunk gun

I think that's right, but there were quite a few bought and sold right around the S&W and Colt timeframe. I want them ALL back!

October 3, 2006, 11:53 PM
In Order First 2 Last

Maverick88 12g
Colt Commander Elite (Gift) used as dwn payment 4 car :banghead:
Yugo SkS
Glock 30

Damn I Wish I still had that damn Colt :banghead: :banghead:

October 4, 2006, 12:00 AM
2. Kimber TLE II/RL stainless tactical
3. Ruger Super Blackhawk .44magnum hunter model with 7 1/2in barrel in stainless
4.Weatherby Vanguard chambered in .300 weatherby magnum with a Leupold Boon and Crocket scope.
5. Two lowers for AR-15 ( I live in SoCal)
6. (almost forgot) Ruger MK3 .22LR 5 1/2 in bull barrel blued.

I inheritated however

1. S&W model 19 k frame .357magnum
2. Winchester model 63 .22lr repeating rifle
3. RECK .22LR revolver

October 4, 2006, 12:04 AM
Ruger 597
Chinese SKS
Walther P99
Smith 642

October 4, 2006, 12:12 AM
A bunch of crap that my buddies still razz me over.

Dang, I wish I was smarter then.

October 4, 2006, 12:25 AM
Remington 521T .22
Ithaca Model 37 12 Ga
High Standard Sharpshooter .22
Ruger Security Six .357
Ruger Model 77 30-06

Though I have had many others over the years, I don't think there's much I couldn't do with the first five. This is a good thread. Thanks for making me reflect on some old favorites

October 4, 2006, 12:30 AM
1. New England Firearms .410 Shotgun
2. Baikal 12 Gauge Shotgun
3. Taurus Total Titanium .38 Special
4. Ruger Mini-14 .223

Only ones I own so far, but my dad has a bunch.

Ala Dan
October 4, 2006, 12:47 AM
My first real gun purchases were: (in order)

1. Rhom-Burgo 8-shot .22 LR caliber revolver ($42.50 from K-Mart)

2. Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP ($125 from Woolco)

3. Bernadelli .25 caliber auto (price unknown, also from K-Mart)

4. Smith & Wesson 4" model 57 .41 magnum ($175 from my present employer)

5. Colt Jr. in .22 short ($85.00 from Banks Pawn Shop)

Just had turned 21, and was very uneducated 'bout firearms. Needless to
say, I made some stupid purchases; but I learned very quickly from my own
mistakes. None of these weapons are in my present day inventory; all have
been sold or traded off; though I still wish I had #'s 2 and 4~!:uhoh: :D

October 4, 2006, 02:38 AM
1. Glock 19 (9mm)
2. Ruger 10/22 (.22LR)
3. Glock 26 (9mm)
4. Mossberg 500 (12ga)
5. Remington 700 (.30-06)

That's a good blend of stuff for just about every shooter. Service pistol, concealed pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun, and high-power rifle.

Since then, I bought an M1 Garand from the CMP (never going to sell it), Bersa Thunder .380 (as original poster mentioned, it's a good gun, but ammo's a bit pricey. I eventually sold it), Yugo SKS (sold), Mosin-Nagant 91/30 (x2, sold both), Browning M1919 BMG semi-auto, Marlin 336 (beautiful gun -- I won't sell this one ever. Early 1960s, no safety, 100% bluing. Amazing catch from the consignment rack.), Springfield XD-45 ACP, Bushmaster 20" AR, and a Ruger MkIII (just bought it today).

*sighs* That's a lot of money I spent! Yikes! To afford the XD, I had to sell the Glocks, but that's ok. I'll probably end up buying more in the future.

Now, I'm looking at getting into the NFA world, starting with a suppressor for the MkIII and maybe an Uzi in the future. We'll see. It'd be nice to have a "First five NFA articles..." thread. :evil:

October 4, 2006, 02:52 AM
1. Charter Arms "Pathfinder" 6" .22WMR

2. Winchester Model 9422XTR .22LR

3. S&W Model 59 9mm

4. Uzi Carbine 9mm

5. Ruger Mk 1 .22LR

October 4, 2006, 04:02 AM
(1) M-48 Yugo Mauser - 4 years ago

(2) Sig P220 - 4 weeks ago

(3) Ruger MKIII - 4 Days ago

October 4, 2006, 04:04 AM
1. Ruger 10/22
2. High Point 9mm carbine
3. Mosin Nagant M44
4. Reminton Model 788
5. Winchester 94
Traded 2&3 and some cash for 4&5 then traded 5 for a Mauser 98 in 45/70.

October 4, 2006, 04:29 AM
1. Ruger 10/22
2. Winchester 1300 20 gauge
3. Remington 700 in .270 Winchester
4. Bushmaster XM15 with 20inch barrel and A3 upper in 5.56/.223
5. DPMS Agency Carbine, 16inch barrel, in 5.56/.223 with EOtech, surefire, and rail system.

I actually had alot of different guns in between these but the ones I listed were the most significant ones.

October 4, 2006, 09:44 AM
Here's my best guess...

Lee-Enfield SMLE
Remington 870 Express
Savage 110 in .308
Ruger P89DC
Sig P232

October 4, 2006, 10:01 AM
1) Springfield M1 Garand
2) HRA M1 Garand
3) 1903A3 Springfield (all three from CMP)
4) Remington 870
5) Beretta Storm CX4 in .40 S&W (should have gotten the 9mm).

I just started collecting a year and a half ago :what: , but I think I definitely started in the right direction.

October 4, 2006, 10:26 AM
1. Colt 70 series .45 Commander
2. Colt Trooper MKIII .357
3. Ruger 10/22
4. Springfield Mil-Spec .45
5. Glock 23

lee n. field
October 4, 2006, 11:54 AM
First 5 gun purchases, what would I change?

I wouldn't have gotten the Jennings j-22. Icky-icky-bad-icky.

I would have gotten some other .22 rifle than the Charter Arms AR-7. Not quite as dirty-bad as the Jennings, but not reliable.

I might very well have gotten the Ruger stainless Mark II instead of the Taurus Model 66 that I ended up with. It just "felt right".

After that, the order gets a bit muddled in my mind.

October 4, 2006, 01:50 PM
not my first 5 but here's 5

oh well, I can't figure this resizing thing out!
last one is my 336cs

order is: mossberg 500 26", Savage 30-06, targetmaster .22, 870 Magnum, 336cs

October 4, 2006, 03:45 PM

0. Armalite AR-7 .22 "survival rifle" (permanently loaned from my uncle).

1. H&R .32 S&W revolver (purchased in a school cafeteria).

2. S&W .22 pistol, can't recall model (purchased from friend when I was 20).

3. Ruger P89 stainless (purchased at Wal-Mart, when they still sold handguns).

3.5 A .22 caliber single-shot derringer, no marks, no serial number (found in a gutter in Nashville, TN).

4. Beretta 92FS

5. Para-Ordnance P13.45.


Oh yeah, what would I change?

0. I wouldn't have XXXXXXX (redacted, on advice of legal counsel), necessitating a new trigger assembly. Hell, I was 17, mechanically curious, and stupid.

1. This gun wasn't worth half what I paid for it, but then again, I didn't know anything about them, or what they were worth. I suppose I did get a good bit of fun out of it, when I could convince the cashier at Wal-Mart that yes, I was 21.

2. I should never have sold this one. In fact, I actually can't remember ever selling it. What the hell happened to this gun...?

3. Gave this one to my brother as a Christmas present one year. He left it at his parents-in-laws' house, and didn't retrieve it before he got divorced. In retrospect, I definitely should have kept this one.

3.5 I do wonder if perhaps I should have turned it into the police, as it might have been used in a crime. At any rate, the frame cracked eventually, and I threw it out.

4. Should never have sold it.

5. Should definitely never have sold it.

Overwhelmingly, the most common regret I have about guns I've owned, is that I ever sold them.

The only exception is this one Taurus PT-111, but that's another story for another thread...

Grizzley Adams
October 4, 2006, 09:29 PM
only own 4 guns a marlin 1895 cowboy,a mossberg maverick in 12 gauge,a bersa in .380 acp,and a rossi .357 magnum revolver.and i wouldnt change my mind on any of em,i love em all and they serve me well.

October 4, 2006, 10:07 PM
1. Ruger 10/22

2. Remington 870 Express 12 gauge

3. Browning A Bolt 7mm WSM

4. Remington Model 58 Sportster 16 gauge (inherited from grandfather, great shooting shotgun)

5. Ruger P 94

October 4, 2006, 10:12 PM

October 16, 2006, 03:49 AM
winchester defender 1300

glock 19
taurus 38spl 5shot
xd.357sig 4"

sold all of them for better ones

October 16, 2006, 09:36 AM
1. Sig P226 (.40)

2. Sig P220

3. S&W 686 (deal too good to pass up $300)

4. S&W 586

5. Glock 17 (cheap to shoot)

And just for good measure I added a S&W 629 last month. Gun was cheap ($400), and only had 50 Rds through it. Ammo, unfortuantely, remains expensive. Oh well. Still more fun than I am normally allowed to have.

October 16, 2006, 10:32 AM
I started buying/trading firearms when I was around 14. (I'm 65 now, so the memory is gone.:D ) The best I can remember are: 45/70 Trapdoor ($35.00),
WW1 98 Mauser ($10.00), Stevens/Springfield M15 .22 single shot, ($??), M1917 Enfield 30/06, sporterized (my first deer rifle) ($50.00), and I honestly can't remember what was next . (They all begin to run together.;) )


October 16, 2006, 10:42 AM
These are my first five I purchased in the early 70's:

357 Python
38 Colt Detective special
357 Ruger Blackhawk
44Mag Ruger Super Blackhawk
45ACP Colt Gold Cup

All of which I still have and have no intension of parting with it :)

October 16, 2006, 12:16 PM
1) Remington 700BDL 30-06
2) Beretta M9
3) Russian SKS 1952 Tula
4) Mosin 91/30 1935 Tula
5) Workin on an AR-15 or AK-47 :)

October 16, 2006, 12:52 PM
Hmmm. Not certain of the exact order, but pretty close:

1. Mossberg 500 12 gauge with vent rib and slug barrels (definitely first, received as gift); still have and hunt with it.
2. Remington 541T .22LR; still have it.
3. Browning Buckmark .22LR; still have it.
4. S&W 4013 .40S&W; still have it.
5. Remington Model Seven .308; still have it.

I'm quite happy with my early selections. They all continue to see use. I've since bought and sold others, though.

October 16, 2006, 12:54 PM
1. Marlin Model 60
2. Remington 700 BDL .270
3. Remington 870
4. Sears Model 100 Ted Williams 30-30 lever action (Win 94 clone)
5. Ruger Single Six

October 16, 2006, 01:39 PM
Ruger Old Army
Uberti 1860 Colt
Uberti Colt Walker
Ruger Security 6 6"
Ruger Security 6 4" (Should have kept the 6")
NAA Mini .22 Mag.

October 16, 2006, 02:56 PM
1. H&R Topper 16 gauge
2. Winchester 67 .22 lr
3. Mossberg 500 20 gauge
4. Russian SKS
5. RC 98K

I don't think I'd change a thing.

Black Majik
October 16, 2006, 02:58 PM
1) Colt NRM Government 1911 .45 ACP
2) SIG Sauer P226 9mm
3) Kimber Classic Royal Series I .45 ACP
4) Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 ga.
5) S&W 686-4 PP 6" Powerported

October 16, 2006, 03:10 PM
S & W 469 9mm
Marlin 39 .22
Ruger Ranch Rifle .223
Winchester 1300
Ruger GP 100 .357

October 16, 2006, 05:28 PM

some of my earliest guns were gifts... so bear with me.

I know I bought a Savage 110B from my brother when he joined the Navy. It came witha 4x Leupold gold ring scope and the grand total was either $100 or $150. I gave the rifle back to him ten-odd years later when he left the service. I kept the scope.

I bought a 1917 Colt New Service Army .45 ACP Revolver I came across in a gun shop shortly after college. I had read about these warhorses in an old Gun Digest and had wanted one for a long time.

Bought an FEG hipower clone on a lark (they were cheap so I ordered one) about the same time I had a custom Colt .45 1991A1 built up on an ODI Viking DA frame. The franken Colt cost 5X as much as the FEG when all was said and done. The franken Colt was a dismal failiure at IDPA, the FEG shined.

Somewhere in there I picked up a .44 mag Vaquero.

October 16, 2006, 05:43 PM
1. Win M70 featherweight 30-06 (tradition in my family: Dad gave each son 1st gun of our choice from his collection when we turned 18)
2. Mossberg Maverick 88 pistol grip 12 gage (anti bear gun for backpacking- lived in Alaska)
3. Ruger 22/45 (plinking)
4. Ruger Super Redhawk .44 mag (became primary anti-bear gun)
5. Mossberg 835 Mag 12 gage (turkey hunting while in college in PA)

Of the 11 guns I now own, I only have #1 and #4 of the first five.

Guy B. Meredith
October 16, 2006, 05:45 PM
The first five here

Mossberg 195K 12 GA bolt action shotgun

1997 and later
S&W 686+
Ruger MK512
Mossberg 500 Persuader in 12 GA
Springfield M1 Garand (from CMP)

The 195K was an 18 year-old's idea of the all around gun when funds were tight. Mounted a 1X Weaver scope. Gathers dust for the most part.

The Ruger MK512 was sold to purchase the Mossberg 500. The barrel had to be replaced, is then considered new gun by California and I would have had to spend a ton to do the paper work. Wouldn't mind having another one, but not particularly interested in semi-autos other than M1s.

October 16, 2006, 09:02 PM
Norinco SKS
Mossberg Maverick 88
S&W Sigma SW40V
LLama 45
Norinco 1911

..Still have the first two.

October 16, 2006, 09:08 PM
#1 Marlin Model 27 - 7 shot bolt action .22
#2 Remington Model 1100 12 Ga
#3 Ruger 30-06 m&&
#4 Beretta 92
#5 Ruger 10/22 it was won in a rifle competition - I knocked down bowling pin tops in the fastest time!!!! well the question was purchase... so...
#5 Smith & Wesson 686+

October 16, 2006, 09:13 PM
1.) Ruger Security Six
2.) Sears/Ted Williams .22LR semi-auto of some kind--bought in the parking lot of a supermarket
3.) Montgomery Ward bolt-action .22LR rifle of some kind
4.) Dan Wesson 15-VH
5.) Ithaca 37 Featherweight--pawn shop haul after I returned the world's only broken Remington 870 (which, technically, counts as my fifth gun)

Deer Hunter
October 16, 2006, 09:14 PM
My first five are the only five I've bought so far.

1. S&W 625
2. Stoeger Coach Gun 12 gauge
3. CZ 75B
4. Mosin M44

October 16, 2006, 09:35 PM
Boy am I a miserable gun owner. I started to get truly involved with firearms about four years ago (when I turned 21) , AND I STILL DO NOT OWN FIVE:mad: . There are so many out there that I want. Maybe when I get a job that pays a decent salary....

Well, here is my sad, small collection, in order of arrival:

1) Win 1300 Defender 12Ga
2) Colt 1911A1 .45ACP
3) CZ 452 .22LR

No. 4 might be a 9mm hicap I think. I'm thinking a CZ 75B maybe.
No. 5 will definitely be a wheelgun. Perhaps some form of S&W in .357mag or a Colt Python would be real nice too.

But hey, I still don't have a nice centerfire rifle! Bolt action or semiauto or lever action? An evil little black one to take care of those darn varmints and be all tactikewl or a manly .30 cal classic of wood and steel?

There is so much to choose from. Plenty of food for dreams....;)

October 17, 2006, 12:00 AM
I only own 4 firearms at this time and they are:

1. Glock 17
2. Benelli Supernova Tactical
3. Sig Sauer P229
4. Heckler and Koch .45 USP

I plan to purchase some more in the future. :D

October 17, 2006, 07:45 AM
--S&W .38 (short) revolver,5-shot--
--Marlin 39a Lever action .22 caliber
--Mosin Nagant--
--:uhoh: Sorry,ya only asked for the first five huh?--(Ma bad)

October 17, 2006, 09:11 AM
I am big on the classics

ruger 10/22
remington 870 12 guage
ruger model 77 30-06
ruger 22/45
cva bobcat- not really a classic, but I needed a muzzleloader for deer

Big Calhoun
October 17, 2006, 09:18 AM
Beretta 96FS
Springfield XD 45
Kimber Ultra Carry II
HK P2000 SK

October 17, 2006, 11:00 AM
1. S&W 67 .38
2. Magnum Research Baby Eagle 9mm
3. Ruger 10/22 Carbine
4. VZ-24 Mauser
5. S&W 617 6" 6-shot .22

I've had some bad luck with parts breakage on my S&W 67 but I love it all the same. A very good first handgun (and very upsetting to seehow expensive .38 has become)

The Baby Eagle has never let me down and is more accurate than I'll ever be. No regrets, though I have second thoughts about not getting a CZ-p01 occasionally.

I could have done without the Ruger 10/22. It was a used carbine model that can't be mounted with a scope or peep sights as-is and the novelty of being semi-auto with 25 round mags wore off quickly. The factory 10 round mag is all I use. Not superbly accurate but a fun plinker. Without the desire to 'tacticool' my Ruger I could be better served by a higher quality bolt action .22. Oh well. Didn't spend too much money on it.

Vz-24 Mauser. Looks like crap, shoots very well. Cheap and powerful. Sights are terrible but I might give it the scout scope treatment. No complaints.

S&W 617. Tons of fun. The trigger isn't great (very heavy) but still smooth enough to shoot quickly if your finger can take it. Very tight revolver. If anything, I would have made this my first purchase and got a nicer .22 rifle to go with it. The 6 round cylinder is fine with me, no need for another 4 rounds. After a few minutes of single action and slow DA shooting I invariably get an itchy trigger finger and start to fire 6-shot strings as fast as I can from about 20 yards at reactive targets. So much fun for so little money.

October 17, 2006, 11:40 AM
Only two so far :scrutiny:

1) Marlin 795
2) Remington 870 18.5"

October 17, 2006, 11:43 AM
Friday - SA XD 40
Last night - Sig 229 40

October 29, 2006, 12:58 AM
I only have 3 firearms for now(I guess 4...)
1. Savage MKII .22 LR
2. Rossi .22LR/20 guage combo(I guess that could count as two guns...)
3. Mosin Nagant M91/30(Izhevsk 1939)

October 29, 2006, 01:33 AM
Ruger RST-6 .22
Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag
Thompson Center Contender .30-30
AMT Govt. .45
Colt Delta Elite 10mm

Somewhere in there, I believe, I bought my SAR-48, but I'm not positive on the date.
Also, the AMT:mad: was replaced soon after the Delta Elite was purchased, by a Colt Mark IV, but since that's been in many threads, you already knew that.:D Had I known what a POS it would be, I certainly would not have wasted my time and money on it.

The rest are keepers, some more so than others. And this doesn't, of course, include the Stevens .22 rifle that was bought for me when I was 12.

October 29, 2006, 01:54 AM
Hmm, I've only been shooting for about 6 years, but so many have passed through my hands (not all have stayed), and many came pretty quickly those first 2 years, that I'm not sure I can give you the list in order. IF I think really hard I can probably give you the right order the handguns came and the right order the long guns came- but to put both long guns and handguns together, I'm not sure I can do it.

1st handguns:
-Taurus 82
-Ruger KP89
-S&W 65LS
-Charles Daly 1911
-(I"m not 100% sure which came next- I think it was my CZ 75B)

1st long guns (I'm not sure the order, other than the Marlin was my first gun of any kind, but I think this is pretty good):
-Marlin Model 60
-30-30 Winchester 94
-Mossberg 500
-Remington 581 (.22lr bolt rifle)

I sold the Mossberg when I needed money, I sold the Remington because while accurate and reliable I never really liked it. I was stupid and sold the Taurus 82 shortly after I bought the S&W 65LS (I didn't plan to own more than a couple guns back then) and I was smart and sold the Ruger KP89 when I got the Daly (a month after the S&W).

What would I do differently? I'd get a .357mag K-frame S&W or Taurus 65 or 66 instead of the Taurus 82 (I wanted a .357mag, the .38spl Taurus 82 didn't quench that desire, and since I didn't think I wanted to own more than a couple guns I didn't see the use of having both), that way I wouldn't have sold my first gun which was also a perfectly good gun. I would have bought the Ruger KP90 instead of the 89 (my P89 was not the most accurate gun) or I would have skipped to the CZ or a Taurus right away (still similar prices, but I would have liked them more). My first lever rifle probably should have been a .357mag or .44mag so I could use it at the indoor pistol ranges and get more use out of it (I'd still get the 30-30, just later). I would have bought a CZ instead of the Remington, or I wouldn't have bothered with a bolt action .22 at all (I hate to say it, but I find them a bit boring). I would have tried to find a way to not sell the Mossberg (I should have started delivering pizza until I got a job) since it took a couple years until I got around to finally buying another shotgun- and I don't like my Benelli nearly as much as I liked that plain Jane Mossberg Persuader.

Stainless Chili
October 29, 2006, 01:38 AM
The fun part? Memory lane. And my memory has faded!

Buckmark Standard .22LR

AMT .380 SA [the slim one with the grip safety that really wacks the hand]

Colt Double Eagle Commander .40S&W Absolute pleasure to shoot!

Colt O1091 Gov't Stainless .45ACP


#2 & #3 were used, the others not. Still have #4 & #5.

Sold #3 to buy a Para Ordnance CCW745, and that was also a sweet shooter.

In retrospect, maybe starting with a better .22LR ...

s&w 24
October 29, 2006, 01:40 AM
first: ruger 10/22 great first gun!

second: SKS better choices could be made but when you need a $100
deer gun your selection is limited

third: remington 870 12 guage 20" with rifle sights. I have rarely been
without a rem 870 since then

fourth: M11/9 9X19 pistol had it about 2 months and traded it off for in
part for an m-1 rifle I should have saved.

fifth/sixth/seventh: a group of 3 revolvers all RG brand. a 4" alloy 38 special,
5.5" single action 22 lr, and a 2" 22 lr double action. all
traded off within 6 months.

In hindsight I should have gotten a nice 1903 sporter and a 1922 to go with it when they were cheaper and gotten a good quality 44 mag first before a bunch of clunker handguns.

October 29, 2006, 09:32 AM
Well, here's my first:

1.Galesi 25cal.
2.Charter Arms Undercover 38spec.
3.Victory S&W (chromed/pearl handle grips, 2" brl,etc) 38spec.
4.Ruger Standard, 22cal.
5.Rohm RG14, 22 cal.
6.Ruger Security Six 357Mag.

Of the first 5 firearms I purchased the Charter Arms Undercover and the Ruger Standard 22 were the "pick of the litter".

The Galesi (which I still own) was pretty much a pos.. The Victory S&W was butchered up, bad crown job, couldn't hit the side of a barn with it.. The RG14 was indeed a SNS, but surprisingly did always fire in the general direction the barrel was pointed..

Sorry, I had to add my 6th firearm purchase simply because it was a good one. The Security-Six (we still have) has been an excellent revolver. It still does nightstand duty on my wifes side of the bed. Always ready, plenty of firepower, point and pull.. I'm surprised more people don't buy them used as a first gun purchase, they are very good, and the 357mag. round is a great defensive caliber.

Best Wishes,

J. Pomeroy

October 30, 2006, 02:49 AM
My first five

1. Desert eagle (22LR) sold
2. S&W 457 (45ACP)
3. S&W 686 (357)
4. Mosseberg 500 (12g)
5. Yugo M48 Mitchell Mausers (yes i know overpriced, wish i knew about there pricing, before i bought)


October 30, 2006, 06:51 AM
springfield xd .40 service model
kahr k-40
ruger kp95
glock 19
bushmaster ar-15

October 30, 2006, 07:45 AM
Marlin M7000 .22 rifle
Browning BDA .380
S&W fullsize 1911
S&W 66
It was down hill from here. I'm on the 12 step program, 12 guns a year :neener:

October 30, 2006, 08:10 AM
First five...
S&W M&P in .40
Glock 22
S&W 686 Plus
Bushmaster AR-15
Remington 870

We've added a few since :rolleyes:

October 30, 2006, 09:08 AM
The first gun I ever owned was a birthday present, a Kel-Tec p3at. But my list of actual purchases goes like this:

1)Hi-point 9mm
2)Ruger Sp101 .357 Magnum 3"

In retrospect, I should have skipped the hi-point. I wanted a full sized semi-auto pistol at the time and it's all I could afford. It works fine and would kill a goblin just as dead as a more expensive piece, but in the future I'm going to skip bargain substitutes and save up for what I really want.

October 30, 2006, 10:16 AM
My first five, in order, were:

1. Mossberg 590 (still have it)
2. Mossberg 702 (sold)
3. Intratec Tec-9 (bought it for fun, got tired of it, sold it)
4. FIE E-25 (played with it, broke it, fixed it again, gave it away)
5. Beretta CX4 Storm

Followed by...

6. PX4 Storm
7. Walther P22
8. Kel Tec P-32
9. Sendra AR-15

October 30, 2006, 10:48 PM
1.Glock model 19 (traded)
2.Glock model 17
3.Sig Sauer P229 .40S&W
4.HK USP 45 fullsize
5.Beretta Cougar 8000F 9mm

Those were my first 5.The G19 I traded for a P226(all black) in .357sig.Also added 6 & 7 which are FN Hi Power and Beretta CX4 9mm carbine.

Guns that I should've bought but regretfully didn't were Sig P226 9mm tu-tone and a Beretta 92 Custom Carry II.:banghead:

October 30, 2006, 11:25 PM
1 - Walther P22
2 - Ruger 10/22
3 - Yugo SKS
4 - Mossberg Maverick 88
5 - Walther P99

October 30, 2006, 11:38 PM
I had to think a bit to remember these:

1) Single barrel 12 ga shotgun (Western Field?)
2) Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag (Wish I had kept this one!)
3) Winchester 94 .30-30 (Should have kept this one too)
4) Charter Arms .38 (That was a mistake!)
5) Ruger 10/22

October 30, 2006, 11:45 PM
1) 2nd generation GLOCK 17. I added every aftermarket part known to man which turned it into a jam-o-matic. After I restored it with the original parts, I sold it. I prefer 3rd gen frames and I've moved on to 10mm anyway. I don't regret it since G17's are plentiful if I ever want another.

2) GLOCK 29 from an ad in the classifieds. Night sights, mag extensions and 250 rounds of ammo for $500. My best buy ever. I use it as my home defense gun.

3) GLOCK 20, also used. My EDC gun.

4) A KelTec P32. I thought I would carry it a backup. It didn't work at all. After a trip back to the factory they told me the trigger parts were missing/not connected or something. I sold it. No regrets about selling it either because...

5) Kahr PM9 turned out to be small enough for pocket carry so I used that for a while instead. The only thing I regret is the all black versions weren't out, so I got the two tone. I don't like the look, and I'll have to get it refinished. Good gun though.

October 31, 2006, 01:11 AM
I'm only 17, but i fantasize about these purchases so much. Here's what i've got it down to on that mythical day, july 12th, 2010.

I turn 18 in july 2007, i'm thinking of an SKS (for sure), and a mil-surp like a mosin-nagant, or a turkish mauser.

I've got it so far too:
Smith and Wesson 4" .357 (686, probably)
Glock 17
Glock 21

Mark Whiteman
October 31, 2006, 01:28 AM
Ruger MkI .22
Colt Trooper MkIII 6" .357
Ruger 10/22
Savage Model 12 Single shot target

Sold the MkI so I could buy a MkII. Now working on a MkIII
Sold the Colt Trooper so I could buy a Series 70 .45 Auto
Still have both of those and the remaining 3. Started in 1978.

October 31, 2006, 12:06 PM
My first five...

1. Remington 870P (blued with wood furniture)
2. Ruger 10/22 DSP
3. Browning Citori XS Sporting
4. S&W 5946
5. Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec


October 31, 2006, 06:57 PM
1) Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle
2) Glock 21
3) Beretta 92FS
4) HK USP Compact (.40)
5) Mossberg 590

[all gone now except the Mossy] :)

October 31, 2006, 07:10 PM







October 31, 2006, 07:14 PM
Hmmm, that was a "while" back. As I recall, they were:

1. Taurus 4" Stainless .357
2. Browning Hi Power 9mm
3. Ruger Mini-30 7.62x39
4. Imported M1A .308
5. Remington 870 Express 12 Guage

Sadly (or not), I no longer own any of those original 5. At the time, I considered myself to have a fairly well rounded collection of available firepower for "any given" scenario. Possibly missing a good .22 LR though. I suppose other than the specific make and models, that would still be a fairly well rounded "meet all needs" collection. Such good memories of the smell of dirt and gunpowder; much preferred to the $50 a half-ounce fufu juice of today's trendy crowd :D.

November 13, 2006, 10:59 AM
SA XD 40
Sig 229
Traded in the SA XD 40 for a brand new USP 40 yesterday! LOVE IT !!!!

November 13, 2006, 11:13 AM
H & R 929 Revolver (9 shot .22 rimfire)
S & W 640 .38 Spl. DAO Revolver (early model stamped +P+)
Glock 27
S & W 642 Airweight .38 Spl.
Kel-Tec P-32

November 13, 2006, 11:21 AM
Beretta 96 Brig Inox
Bersa "Thunder" .380
Kimber Ultra Carry II (sold Beretta to buy :mad: )
Savage 110GXP3 .300 Win Mag
Springfield TRP (sold Kimber to buy :mad: )

November 13, 2006, 11:30 AM
Romanian SAR-1 (Traded it in for a Yugo M70)
Polish M44
Ruger 10/22
Ithica M12 pump-action bottom ejecter
Ruger PC-9

November 13, 2006, 01:12 PM
Only two so far and both in the last six months:

Bersa Thunder .380 Concealed Carry
Walther P22

My next gun will likely be a Ruger 10/22 to teach my daughter how to shoot.

Future plans include:

.45 (probably 4" XD)
9mm (probably a CZ-PO1 w/Kadet .22 conversion kit)
12 gauge (undecided)
possibly a .38 or .357 revolver

November 13, 2006, 01:15 PM
1st: Remington 597 .22LR rifle
2nd: S&W 659 9mm handgun
3rd: S&W 22A .22LR handgun
4th: S&W 642 .38spc handgun
5th:...nothing yet. It's going to be a beretta 96, .40 handgun

Damn carnaby, you sold the 96 inox :(

November 13, 2006, 03:00 PM
In 1971 when I was 11 I took $10.00 in allowance money and bought a .410 bolt action single shot Western Field. My neighbor knew I wanted to hunt rabbits in a field near the house and talked to my folks before he asked me if I wanted it. I ran home and asked my Mom and Dad if it was O'k. I was told if thats what I wanted to spend my monney on that was fine. I walked home with my chest all puffed out and prouder than Buck in Rut. I still have that gun and I cherish it. Hope my Grandson wants to shoot with me some day so I can give it to him.

November 13, 2006, 03:28 PM
I know the first one was a Springfield Armory Micro Compact .45 ACP.

Then I decided that was too expensive to shoot a lot, and it wasn't that much fun to shoot a log anyway.

Bought a CZ75B 9mm.

Then decided THAT was still expensive to shoot, so I bought a Browning BuckMark Micro nickel .22.

Started camping a lot and bought a Ruger Blackhawk convertible (9mm / .357).

Followed by a S&W Model 317 "kit gun" .22 revolver.


November 13, 2006, 03:41 PM
Mossberg 500
SW 686
SW 22A
Mosin 39 and Rem 527 at the same time.

I think that's the correct order. Should have bought a 5 shot Mossberg instead of the 8...they did away with the alternate barrels for the 8 shot. The 686 is my fav gun I own...trouble free and a great shooter. The 22A I got a good deal on...still have it and it's accurate, just not super reliable. The SKS is fun but hasnt gotten out this year...the 22s have been cheaper to shoot this year. The Mosin couldnt hit the side of a barn and the 22 was super accurate but constantly jammed and misfed about every 3 shots. Traded both of those in towards a 3 screw Blackhawk in second fav gun. Should have bought the K31 instead of those 2.


November 13, 2006, 03:45 PM
I havent mad five purchases yet so I'll be winging it lol

First guns owned-

Winchester model 94 30-30
Springfield model 84c 22lr

First bought-

Marlin Model 60 22lr
Remington 700 adl 270win

And next planned purchase-

Springfield armory XD or 1911, which maker is on the table but probably a basic one from SA or High Standard.

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