What Was Your Very First Gun? Toy? BB? Real Gun? How old when you got it?


May 2, 2007, 10:46 PM
Childhood memories are the best! On my 6th birthday my grandma gave me a cap gun set with belt and holsters. No longer have them 50 years later but I can still visualize them. First BB gun was a Daisy pistol from Santa at age 8. I had lots of fun shooting tin cans and putting BB holes in the windows of an old chicken house on our family farm. :D We sure entertained ourselves differently than they do today and it was a blast! :) High Tech then was a black & white TV and a record player!

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May 2, 2007, 10:48 PM
I shot my dad's guns at a tender age, but my 1st very own came late 50's or early 60's. I was about 9 or 10 yrs old.

May 2, 2007, 10:54 PM
my first "gun" was an airsoft pistol. A heavyweight p99. With a mock silencer. Just like James bond. I was 12 I think. My parents don't own guns, so it was up to me to become interested and get involved on my own. I guess if you count water guns I had a green plastic water pistol when I was 6 or so, and a couple super soakers when I was 9. I had a cap pistol, a snub-nose .38 lookalike made out of clear plastic, that used those ring caps too. I forget how old I was, it was when I was when I lived in Chicago. I bought it myself at a Mexican grocery store down the street from my house. I was probably 9 or 10. I think I still have it.

May 2, 2007, 10:59 PM
Mossberg Model 183D .410 bolt action shotgun. My parents bought it for me when I was 12. Shot lots of pheasants with it. I still have it 58 years later.

May 2, 2007, 11:04 PM
I have probably a million water guns, and a million cap guns as a kid.

Literally maybe 100.

My first BB gun was given to me by my dads friend, a beeman single shot pistol. Then i got the daisy.

Dipped into airsoft guns while in taiwan (was a big thing there before i ever saw any of them here).

May 2, 2007, 11:07 PM
I had a plastic sound making AK 47. Let me tell you folks I was hunting wabbits. Loved that gun.

May 2, 2007, 11:07 PM
Red Ryder BB gun around 8 yeards old great gun for making rats mad at the local city dump.:evil:

May 2, 2007, 11:08 PM
In 1967 my father took me to Bob Racine Sports in Putnam Ct. and bought a 5" mod. 27. My dad died 4 years ago and every time Itake that S&W out to shoot I think of him. Great dad and a great guy.

May 2, 2007, 11:09 PM
Forgot to add I was 14 at the time.:neener:

May 2, 2007, 11:20 PM
Around age 8 or 9 I was a big Hopalong Cassidy fan. Guess I wasn't hard to shop for that Christmas as I got about seven cap guns in one swoop.

Obviously the start of something big there.

Best one was a fairly close duplicate of a 7 1/2" SA Colt from my uncles. That was one cool gun.

May 2, 2007, 11:28 PM
My first gun was...a rubber band gun. I was deadly on flies.Sounds funny, but that gun taught me good lessons about sight alignment and "squeeze the shot off" technique.
I also remember my "Fanner 50" cap guns.
Then there were several BB guns. My favorite was the Daisey mod. 25.
About the same time, ten years old (1950) Dad gave me a Savage, mod 24 in .22/410. A kid could hardly find a better gun. Rifle and shotgun combo. I hunted with that gun until...last year! I will pick it up again next year...so, the beat goes on!

May 2, 2007, 11:38 PM
My first was a good ole Daisy at about 12 years old.

Don Lu
May 2, 2007, 11:41 PM
Glock 23....age 28

May 2, 2007, 11:47 PM
bauer, 6shots of .25acp when i was 16.

May 3, 2007, 12:05 AM
The first one I remember well was a plastic toy gun bought from the local High's convenience store in Westminster, MD when I was probably 8 or 9, so 20-and-a-few years ago. I'm sure I had some cap guns before that.

The plastic gun was pretty neat, in fact -- held 11 shots of plastic orange ammo (round-ended hollow cylinders, perhaps half-inch long -- not spheres) , which fit in a detachable single-stack magazine. Double-action only :) One of my favorite toys for a long time!

This doesn't count the plastic-bullet-firing toy watch that I got in Cape May, NJ, when I was 6 or 7. That sure was a neat one!


May 3, 2007, 12:18 AM
My First gun was an 1851 Colt Navy Replica.

I was 15ish when I bought it from a questionable guy. My dad found it and put it up. Later on he let me keep it thinking that because it was BP It was harmless. I had a lot of fun with that gun. I bought several other BP Pistols and Rifles before I was 18. I was thankfull for them. I was 17 when I first started living on my own.

May 3, 2007, 12:35 AM
Anschutz 1907

May 3, 2007, 12:38 AM
My first gun was a pump action Daisy when I was about ten and not too long later a Benjamin pump.
My first REAL hand gun was a .32 cal spur trigger Sat. night special called a Red Cloud. It was given to me by a lady in Claremore OK. whose home we were staying in because there were no other available rooms in town. That night my dad and I were visiting a hotel down town that contained a big gun collection and the owner of the hotel sold me an 1860's springfield musket for $5. He had a big box full of them. This was in about 1941. I was one very happy 12 yr. old.

The Soup Nazi
May 3, 2007, 12:39 AM
8 months ago, for good grades I walked into a gun store and handpicked a Russian SKS which my dad paid for/did paperwork for.

May 3, 2007, 12:46 AM
The first gun I recall shooting when I was all of 5 was my dad's S&W 22. The first gun I ever owned was a Marlin 22 bolt action rifle bought for me by my father and I still have it. My first and only shotgun is a Mossberg 500 12 gauge which was my fathers before he gave it to me. Once I got my pistol permit my first pistol, also purchased for me by my father was a Beretta 92.

Now that I think about it, Dad's been good to me.

May 3, 2007, 12:51 AM
Daisy bb gun, eight years old; 10 years old, Benjamin 22 cal pump pistol. Man, those guns taught me accuracy.

May 3, 2007, 01:01 AM
My first gun was one of those cap guns. I remember pointing it at my grandmother and shooting it. She pretended to be dead, and I started to cry my little five year old A$$ off. I don't think I have ever pointed a gun of any kind at anyone since.

May 3, 2007, 01:13 AM
M16, 1967

May 3, 2007, 01:41 AM
Lazer Tag (http://home.comcast.net/~Ferret1963/Lazer_Tag_Brand.HTML)

May 3, 2007, 01:43 AM
I had some cap and water pistols when I was a kid, shot some air guns and .22s in the Boy Scouts, but I bought my first "real" gun when I was 21. It was a Glock 19, I bought it myself, and my folks didn't know (I was living in their house at the time, and kept it secured in a small safe).

May 3, 2007, 01:56 AM
Man, oh man. First was a Daisy around age 12...and get this, around 16 I won a Marlin .22 plinker from my HIGH SCHOOL ag. dept. That could never happen today I suppose.

1911 guy
May 3, 2007, 08:45 AM
I first shot at around age five or so at an uncles house. Highly supervised, but I still managed to powder burn myself with an old revolving rifle. I remember that pan of salt water like it was yesterday. Ouch.

Had a cap gun as a kid, it got taken away when my Grandpa caught me pointing it at my sister. No pointing, even with toy guns. My next "toy" gun was a BB gun I got myself, I was in my thirties. Never had one as a kid.

Got my first firearm of my own about nine or ten, a 20ga single shot.

Dr. Dickie
May 3, 2007, 08:50 AM
Good gosh, who remembers.
The first gun that I remember, was a cap gun (I think it was a Bat Masterson thing). I was in a belt buckle, and when you stuck your stomach out, the gun popped out of the belt buckle ready for use (little derringer thing).
I remember when cap guns got replaced by the pistols that use the little plastic caps (they looked like primers all hooked together on a speed loader)!
WOW, those were great. Loud as all get out, and the revolver that used them was realistic as anything. The only way to know it wasn't real was the plug in the barrel (you really had to look closely:what: ).

Dain Bramage
May 3, 2007, 09:51 AM
Fairly realistic looking cast-metal Luger cap gun. It even had a decent imitation of a toggle-action where you loaded the caps. I still have it somewhere, but I don't think it would be cricket for today's youth.

May 3, 2007, 09:53 AM
Twin Colt SSA capguns

May 3, 2007, 10:04 AM
First gun besides all the water guns and cap guns, was a Daisy BB gun I got for my fifth birthday. My parents gave me and my older brother a single shot .410 for Christmas when I was six. My mom decided to up-grade my weapon choices for my thirteenth birthday with my Winchester Model 1300 12 gauge, she also taught me how to hit a moving target with it.

May 3, 2007, 10:10 AM
I was born in '49 and played with toy guns since I could walk, I guess. I received my first BB gun when I was 9 or 10, and started shooting 4-position NRA small bore (.22) junior when I was around 11. At that time I received my mothers bull-barrel, tang sighted Winchester High Wall (she used it as a member of her high school rifle team a decade before). Quite a gun for a little kid. Also, when I was 11 my dad bought me a Remington Rolling Block chambered in 7 mm Mauser. At 12, my grandad gave me a Lefever 20 gauge double. Several more long guns came my way and I bought my first handgun, a Ruger Single-Six, when I graduated from college.

Anyway, I have been shooting (usually multiple times a week) and hunting (several times a week in the fall) since then. I'm hooked and there is no recovery possible. I just wish it was easier and more acceptable for kids to get started in the shooting sports these days.

May 3, 2007, 10:32 AM
I had several Fanner 50's as a kid. I still have one. Got a Sears branded Daisy model 1894 carbine style for Christmas when I was 11. I still have that too. I first shot .22 in Boy Scout summer camp. I never bought a real gun until I was about 40 though.

May 3, 2007, 10:36 AM
Chipmunk .22 rifle, single shot.

May 3, 2007, 10:39 AM
Daisy lever action BB gun with combination high capacity tubular magazine and barrel shroud. Probably around 8 or 10 - I don't really remember.

Around age 14 - Savage 99 in .300 Savage. It wasn't intentional - a .22 semi-auto had been ordered from Montgomery Ward but didn't show up in time for class so attended with the Savage. Stand out much?

May 3, 2007, 10:52 AM
My parents used to buy me toy guns when I was a kid all the time, they were more realistic too as they were all black, none of that orange paint or neo colored crap.

My first gun, my dad bought some air gun at a gun store for me but my mother had him return it.

May 3, 2007, 12:29 PM
First toy gun: Too young to remember.
First BB gun: A Daisy lever action I got when I was probably around 8-9. The empty cans around my house were never safe again.
First real gun: A SKS I purchased last November.

May 3, 2007, 12:59 PM
My first was probably a carved piece of wood. Then graduated to a real cap pistol. A BB gun followed and when I was 12 dad got me a Stevens single shot .410.

May 3, 2007, 02:21 PM
1943, WW ll, Was 7 years old. All of us kids had "real" looking M-1s made of wood. We would play out the things we saw in the war movies and "news of the day". 12 years later I joined the Air Force for 20 + years.

May 3, 2007, 02:28 PM
My first gun was a Remington Targetmaster .22 bolt action single shot that my dad gave me when I was 10 years old in 1982. It was his gun that my grandpa gave him when he was 10 years old in 1952. He carved his name and year into the stock when he got it and I did the same. I love that gun more than most things in this world. It is just so representative of the bond we share. When my son is 10 he will also be the owner of this fine gun but that will have to wait until 2016 and then hopefully he will pass it on down the line.

May 3, 2007, 03:25 PM
Mine was a Daisy, an old Lady who lived next door gave it to me. Asked my Old Man if it was OK. He said it was OK. I out-shot my Dad, once.
I'll never forget those times.

May 3, 2007, 03:28 PM
Some kind of pellet gun (still have it somewhere worth about a hundred bucks if it hadn't gotten a bit of surface rust) from a friend of my dad's. I used to rub the muzzle in the dirt and then fire it without a pellet - authentic Civil War rifle smoke!

May 4, 2007, 11:58 AM
I played with dozens of toy handguns when I was kid. I vividly recall a plastic 1911 with a rubber band inside that worked the hammer when the trigger was pulled. Now I'm not that old (28), but some of the toy handguns back then could pass for real ones. I even had a Luger cap gun with a detachable silencer. There were none of those bright orange guns back then.

Anybody have those nicely polished wood cap gun rifles and pistols with the metal hammers? My parents bought me a super long rifle at the Gettysburg battlefield when I was 10.

May 4, 2007, 12:04 PM
A single shot .410 shotgun at 7 years old. Obviously, it was locked up and was only handled with my father or grandfather's supervision.

It was a good start to building a foundation of respect for firearms and for safety with those firearms.

-- John

May 4, 2007, 12:10 PM
First toy gun was a plastic M16 that made noise. Took that thing everywhere with me.The fact that my dad used one in the army made it even cooler.Still have that thing.

May 4, 2007, 12:41 PM
Pump BB gun. after many years of trusty service, I allegedly shot the punk neighbor kid right int he leg as he went by the house on his stupid bike. Needless to say my father, being a smart enough guy, smashed my bb gun on the ground.

May 4, 2007, 05:07 PM
My dad gave me a BB gun when I was 8 or 9. He taught me gun safety with it. After several refreshers and numerous reminders, he saw that I was finally handling it safely and began to take me shooting with him. I got my first gun at about 10 or so. A .22 rifle. It went fast from there. By the time I was 12, I had my own centerfires and I was handloading for the family. It was instant addiction for me and I've been addicted every since. I'm 44 now and the addiction is stronger than ever.

May 4, 2007, 05:17 PM
Single shot Chipmunk .22 when I was like 8 or so. Then a semi-auto 22 when I was around 10-11. A year or two later I got a red ryder bb gun and was thinking "why would I want a BB gun when I have real ones?" Then i discovered the joy of being able to shoot around the house whenever I wanted (lived in suburbia at the time so real ones weren't an option).
I still have all 3 of them. Hopefully I'll be able to pass them down someday.

May 4, 2007, 07:04 PM
1st was a Benjamin pump, four or five times more powerful than the Daisy I got for xmas when I was 10.

May 4, 2007, 07:30 PM
When I was about 10 I ran away from home, dad and I didn't get along well. Grandpa found me and took me home with him and I stayed there until he died when I was about 16. We were poor and when I was about 12 yrs old Grandpa traded a Cow to a man for a .22 single shot rifle and $5.00. The rifle was a Remington Model 33 SS bolt action and I still got it today about 45 years later. Grandpa gave me the rifle and a few boxes of shells and showed me how to shoot sparrows in the chicken yard. There were little but good practice for what he had in mind. Very soon you wouldn't see me without my Remington. Then Grandpa played his hand. Times were tough and a box of 22 rifle shells cost 10 cents for 50. Grandpa would give me 10 shells and tell me he needed half a dozen squirrels, or five rabbits. I don't claim to be "Davey Crocket" but I did help feed the family. I just looked at it in my gun cabinet. The little .22 Remington single shot almost looks out of place with the late model Browning Auto Loaders, Colts, Rugers, but I still got and to hand down to my grandson or nephew along with a few stories about where the gun has been and all I've did with it.

May 4, 2007, 07:33 PM
Scotter, I really like your story. The ability to feed yourself and your family when in tight economic spots for the price of a bullet and some fuel for cooking is one of the things that I really think are great about owning a firearm. I have a friend that found himself in tough times during college and managed to stay fed on squirrel meat thanks to his .22. I don't know much about hunting but I think it would be great to set up an organization that donates excess meat from the season's kills to disadvantaged people.

I suppose my very first gun was a cheap little lever action BB gun. I forgot the make and model of it though. I must have been about 12. I made some poor decisions with it (read: nonsensical) though and got it taken away. lol

May 4, 2007, 07:35 PM
my first gun was a daisy model 25.when iwas4 my grandfather bought me then at 6 i got a marlin .22 he died when i was 7 and my brother and i got all his guns

May 4, 2007, 07:36 PM
besides an assortment of pellet and BB guns my first firearm was a Walther P-22 from my dad when I was 16.

Shadow Shock
May 4, 2007, 07:38 PM
wen i was 3, my dad got me a New England Arms Pardner series .410 single shot shotgun. I killed many rabits, squirels, armadillos, and nuetra rats with it in Louisiana

May 4, 2007, 07:39 PM
First gun was a High Standard Sentinel nine shot .22 revolver.

Maternal Grandma placed My Gun into the dresser drawer crib next to me, when I was brought home from being born.

May 4, 2007, 07:42 PM
1st gun: I saved up and bought myself a browning .22 lever-action when I was 14.

2nd gun: I bought myself a S&W .38 snub-nose when I was around 15.

Long Knife
May 4, 2007, 07:58 PM
Here is a pick of me ca. 1952. I'm not sure what the cap gun was and I don't remember it. When I was 6 yo. my Uncle Jack gave me a Fanner Fifty and wished I still had it.

May 4, 2007, 08:13 PM
My first gun was a Red Ryder BB gun when I was 9 I believe. Then for my 13th birthday I got a pellet gun which I put a ten dollar scope on and taught myself how to zero it against coke cans and the like. Finally when I was 15 I recieved my first true firearm for christmas, a Beretta 391 Urika.

May 4, 2007, 08:31 PM
My mom was against guns when I was a child and my dad wasn't a hunter. The only gun we had in the house when I was young was an old .357...that never got used in the 18 years that I lived at home. My buddies would come over and I'd use their BB guns and pellet guns, but I never had my own.

My first gun was a Glock 21 and an Rem. 870...at the age of 31! When I got my Masters from college, my folks gave me $1000 gift and said, "This is for the guns you've always wanted." I was shocked, partly because my folks are poor, and because my mom hated guns. I was at the gun store the next day. I knew exactly what I wanted with a budget of $1000.

I now talk to my folks about guns quite often, and believe it or not, my folks are now pro guns. My mom, 60 somthing, target shoots with the old .357.:D

May 4, 2007, 09:20 PM

I truly hope you can impress the importance of the memories and history of that gun to whomever you give it. That is a true family heirloom that any kid should relish and admire its importance in the lives of those who have handled it. Kudos to you for that piece of your history and thank you for a great first post. Welcome to the site.


May 4, 2007, 09:30 PM
I was about 5 or 6 when I got my first cap pistols. No Greenie-Stickum caps, these were the cheapie red roll Bang Caps. The guns wore out real quick as I didn't then have the cleaning habits I now possess. Guns wore out but caps were a dime a dozen, and you could always hit them with a hammer. If you could find a chump to hold your ears.:D Then came Monkey equipment. Kinda looked like ray guns and such, but they were a big hit and even had helmets with camo attached. Close on the heels of these was the Wasp. A snub-nosed revolver, it used red plastic blanks that fit on the "chambers" of the cylinder. It was a bit louder than regular caps and the waste was not bio-degradeble. Sigh. Later came the Cobra. A pistol that shot navy beans or popcorn rather well. Far more state-of-the-art than a pea-shooter and we looked down our noses at the pea-tube crowd. Would be seen as more dangerous than real guns now. At about 9 or so I received a Sonic Blaster. In the words of Ralphie, the greatest Christmas gift I had ever received or would ever receive. 5 or 6 pumps, shoulder it, pull the trigger, and this bazooka-like gun rewarded you with a 137 dB blast. For this, it was deemed a bad toy by Consumer Reports; luckily my mom and dad didn't see the report. I did notice that it didn't last very long on the market, and I was the only one that I ever new that had one. It probably contributed to the hearing loss I now have, but then so did real guns, later. Didn't matter to me as I had some great years with that thing. From that, it was on to real guns, specifically a .22 bolt rifle. I also got a Sheridan 5 mm pump pellet rifle, and a Crosman M1 carbine BB gun, but that was after the .22.

May 4, 2007, 11:07 PM
My first toy gun was a black molded plastic M-16 that made the ratchety "rat-a-tat" sound every time the trigger was squeezed. Shortly after that, my dad gave me a toy Luger that was cast aluminum with brown plastic grips that resembled wood. The top of the "Luger" flipped open so a roll of paper caps could be loaded and ready to fire. None of those toys had a stupid orange plastic tip either. My first BB gun was a Crosman that required one pump to charge. The pump was done via the barrel which was pulled inward telescopically.

May 4, 2007, 11:13 PM
First gun I had was a Crosman 760. Got it back in the early 70's when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I shot the hell out of that thing for years. A single shot .22 was my first firearm. I think I was 9 or 10 when I got that. A Remington 870 20 gauge pump was my first shotgun at age 12.

I'm proud to say I still have all three guns, even though the seals are shot on that Crosman 760. I wonder if I can get that rebuilt...

May 4, 2007, 11:17 PM
I got my first gun from Toys R' Us. I was still in preschool at the time so I was probably 4? I remember back in the good ol days they had an entire isle dedicated to toy guns. They had a rack full of lever action rifles. Every time you worked the lever and pulled the trigger it would make a "pop" sound. They were made out of metal and it had a plastic stock. None of that orange tip non-sense either. Needless to say, that was the first "gun" I ever received. Since then, I've been shooting since I was about 5 and picked up my first rifle on the day I turned 18.

May 4, 2007, 11:32 PM

May 5, 2007, 12:41 AM
I got a Daisy BB rifle at 6 years old. It's well used now, so Daisy will get it back soon for a refurb. The grandson is now 5, and he is one year from getting it.

May 5, 2007, 01:03 AM
BSA Scorpion break barrel airpistol in .22, age 8 or 9 I think.

Man, I shot up every can for a hundred miles in any direction with that thing....

The most fun was the ballistic darts which would get so stuck in the backboard you would shear the metal apart getting them out, leaving it studded with dart heads.

May 5, 2007, 01:10 AM
Crosman BB Scout when I was about 12. The bird population in the area went down significantly shortly thereafter, never could stay focused on just cans.

My first real firearm was a Springfield 1898 Krag rifle given to me my Grandpa when I was 14. Oddly enough I didn't own a .22 until I was an adult but I had a huntin' rifle and a shotgun during most of my teens.

May 5, 2007, 01:18 AM
a daisy bb rifle and a crossman .177 pellet gun

May 5, 2007, 10:57 AM
Got my Red Ryder BB Gun on my 5th Birthday, had already started shoot a .22 with my dad. Shot my first shot gun at 7, (pa's old 12ga, which about knocked me down) dad gave me my own .22 at 9, Nylon 66 .22. I started taking it out alone on our farm alone right after I got it. He got me a single shot 12ga when I was about 10. Dad gave me my first pistol at 12 (Browning Buckmark), and I got him to trade it for my first center fire pistol, a S & W model 10 38spl with a 4 inch barrell and a model 60 Marlin .22. I killed my first deer at 12 with my Grandpa's 1903 30-06. He passed away that next summer, and I got it when he passed.

May 5, 2007, 11:14 AM
My first was a set of ROY ROGERS cap pistol six shooters with cheap leather holsters and gun belt with plastic like bullets . That was back in 1945 at the end of the 2nd world war. I was eight at the time .When i was ten i got a red ryder bb lever action gun . ( I wonder what became of them ?) I was lucky being a city kid .

May 5, 2007, 11:38 AM
Wow, I remember the gun isle at Toy R Us. Still makes me smile. I don't know hoe many toy guns I had, but I had enough of them that we could have different era of wars with the proper equipment.

Then I had a crossman 760 I think. I don't know many squirells went down in the line of duty.

I can't remember how old I was the first time I went shooting, I think around 7 or 8. Shot .22's and a .410.

My first real gun was a 1891 Mosin Nagant that I got for Christmas when I was 11. It was almost as long as I was tall and I had to rest the fore end on something so I could shoot it. And yes I still have it.

May 5, 2007, 11:42 AM
S&W 3953, double action only pistol.

May 5, 2007, 11:48 AM
My first gun was a Winchester lever action 1892 cal.44-40WCF when i was 14years old.

May 5, 2007, 11:55 AM
AR15, early 20s.
Sensed the AWB over the horizon and coming fast.

May 5, 2007, 03:17 PM
Stevens 410 single shot breakdown. I still got it.

May 5, 2007, 07:19 PM
I got my first squirt gun on my 2nd birthday, and had it for 2 days before Mom realized the magnitude of her mistake. During those two days, I went through probably 5 gallons of water and none of the cats would come near me for MONTHS afterward.
When I was 5, I got one of those toy guns that fire the little plastic discs, and got pretty good with it. They are surprisingly accurate under 30 feet, especially if you trim the molding flash from the discs.
I got a Daisy when I turned 8, and by the time I was 12 I had rebuilt the pump seals twice myself.
At 13 my Dad gave me an old Remington .22, and my war against the pop can legions began.....

May 5, 2007, 07:33 PM
I had lots of cap guns and rubber bands with hair pins,my first real gun was some bad memories,a friend gave me a 22lr and i was just iching to shot it so iwent in the basement and put a target on 12 pieces of brand new shelving my dad had leaning against the wall he wasn't real happy with the holes in them,he took it away and hid it.of course i found it.

next experence i went down to the river with it with some friends and prceeded to shot the rope down that they would swing out into the river with got caught and got my ass kicked by the older boys and I don't know what ever happened to it after that I was 12 at the time

May 5, 2007, 08:02 PM
First one was a Red Ryder carbine, replete with leather thong on the ring and no, it did NOT have a built-in compass and I never saw one that did.

Second, a home-made, bolt-action, single-shot .22 pistol made from parts scrounged off the scrap pile at Stevens Arms...hop the fence on a Sunday afternoon, etc. I was maybe 12 and yes, a 12-year-old could buy .22 ammo at the local Westen Auto store. My friends and I would make them, blaze away at tin cans at the local dingle until a neighbor called the cops; they'd come and confiscate our guns. Cops would say something like "Stop doing this!" and that'd be the end of it. Let's see, that would have been around 1949.

May 5, 2007, 11:23 PM
Caps guns (pistols and carbine) at age 5ish (1965). It was a birthday present from paternal grandparents.

Daisy lever action BB rifle at age 8ish (1968). It was a birthday present from parents.

Marlin .22 Short, Long Long Rifle at age 22ish (1982ish). I bought it myself for $5.00 at the neighbor's garage sale.

Because by parents were not pro-firearms, all others that I used for hunting were borrowed from aunts/uncles until I graduated from college and could buy my own. A lot of good their "anti-ness" did. :neener:

My parents frequently comment/ask, where I ever got the extreme affinity for firearms that I have. Thanks the Lord for good uncles, aunts and grandparents.


May 5, 2007, 11:53 PM
My first toy gun would have been a cap gun. When John Wayne died all of his movied were put on back to back. I was well prepared having purchased two cap rifles and two cap pistols, which I had burn't out by the end of the movie marathon.

My favourite toy gun as a kid was a plastic toy that was pretty much a copy of a german PPK. it was spring loaded and shot small white plastic balls. I replaced those with small round black seeds, which had better range and were more readily available in my garden. Lots of fun, I'm grinning at the memories.

The first rifle I shot was a .22 single shot at age 12, my first owned rifle was a .22 bolt action at age 18 and my first pistol was a swedish nagant at age 23. I'm 37 now and I've owned real guns for two thirds of my life.

May 6, 2007, 12:21 AM
My parents frequently comment/ask, where I ever got the extreme affinity for firearms that I have. Thanks the Lord for good uncles, aunts and grandparents.

Being as my dad taught me to read with Guns and Ammo annuals and the Guns and Ammo Book of Old West Gunfighters the gun interest part is sort of easy to pin on him :)

May 8, 2007, 09:25 PM
Age 6. Wanted a bb gun for Christmas but parents would not get me one. You know the story "You will shoot your eye out". I go to my grandfathers for Christmas and there under the tree was a Savage single shot 22 with short stock. When you put one in the chamber the safety was automatically on.

My Dad said you can only shoot this gun with your grandfather and I did shooting rabbits and squirrels (sp?). I still have this gun and I don't think I will ever sell it or my first shotgun or my first deer rifle.

Ala Dan
May 8, 2007, 10:16 PM
'bout six years old, I think~? :uhoh: :)

May 9, 2007, 12:39 AM
As others have probably said, wanted a BB gun, but (we all know the old standby) folks said "you'll put someone's eye out!". Next thing i know, I've got a Sears (Winchester) .22 SS. Go figure. :confused: Still have it and will refinish stock and pass to grandson in a few more years. BTW... finally bought that BB gun a couple years ago. Great fun in the backyard.

May 9, 2007, 12:57 AM
My parents were not gun people. I got my 1st gun w/ my own $$ a few days after my 21st b'day....I sold it a few months later & used the money for my HK P7M8, a pistol I still have by the way ;)

May 9, 2007, 09:47 AM
Before I bacame a teenager, I always got a cap pistol for X-mas..when I turned 13, a long time ago, my Dad bought me a Marlin bolt action .22 rifle with a stainless barrel, tube mag, either 15 or 18 round tube fed mag..At 16 he bought me a Stevens 20 gage pump. I don't really know what happened to those guns, but I went into the Navy at 18, and their house burned..I think maybe they burned also...My first handgun was an old S&W, looked like a model 10, but not certain.It was stolen in 1987 in a breakin. And oh, how could I have forgotten the Daisy Red Ryders..........

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