Your first gun


July 29, 2007, 06:22 PM
So how many of you still have your first gun? I'm talking to the people that have been into guns for a while, and have had a few. Maybe the collectors and such.

If you still have your first gun are you glad you have it, for the fact that it was your first not just because it's a good gun.

If you sold your first gun, do you wish you had kept it for sentimental value?

I know it may sound dumb, but I'm just wondering how everyone feels about their first gun. I'm debating selling mine right now so I can get something else, as I can't afford it with out selling the one i have now.

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Bazooka Joe71
July 29, 2007, 06:27 PM
Doesn't sound dumb at all....Mine was a Marlin 39a and I will never get rid of it.

It follows me to the range more often than not.

Don't sell your first gun, its not worth it...You can only have your first gun well, once.:D

BTW, what is your first gun, and what would you be trading it to get...Thats info we need to know.

July 29, 2007, 06:30 PM
still have my first firearm. :)

An old, single shot .410 Stevens.

Killed many many beer cans with that old shotgun...and one possum. :)

8 years old. I was tickled because I had something that was just as loud as dad's Winchester 94. :cool:


Mr White
July 29, 2007, 06:31 PM
My first gun was an Argentinian Hi Power that I bought a week before the 1994 ban. I got it and 3 extra 13 round mags. I still have it. Its still my favorite pistol that I own.

July 29, 2007, 06:31 PM
got mine a 30-30 winchester, givin to me by my father on my first hunting trip. lots of memmories

July 29, 2007, 06:51 PM
My first gun was a 1908 Steyr that dad brought back from WWII and finally gave to me a dozen or so years ago. I expect to pass it along to my oldest son. That got me started shooting. My first purchase was a Ruger KP-89. I still have it, because I wouldn't get enough to trade it.


July 29, 2007, 07:00 PM
My first gun belongs to my son now, my dad gave it to me when I was a kid. Its a Marlin Model 80.

July 29, 2007, 07:04 PM
Trapdoor Springfield from the 1870s. Excellent condition. Bought in the 1980s. Sold it for $100.

doh !!

July 29, 2007, 07:09 PM
An old Sears (JC Higgins?) bolt actioin 22, with no magazine. I found it in the attic of a house we bought when my dad was stationed in Alska. I learned to shoot with that thing.
we sold it after he left the service, but I have had many many guns since then, No sentimental attatchment to that one.

July 29, 2007, 07:13 PM
I shot my first firearm at age eight, a pump .22 1906 Winchester. 43 years later it is still one of my favorites.

July 29, 2007, 07:15 PM
I got my first gun from my dad, bolt action .410 mossberg. still have it in the cabinet. will never get rid of it, except maybe to my son when the time comes.

July 29, 2007, 07:39 PM
well this is the problem. Its not really my first gun. It is my first handgun and the first one i bought on my own. My actual first gun and the one i learned on is this old .22 bolt action from Montgomery Ward, and a 20 gage shotgun that my dad bought at a garage sale for $20 for them both! Dad taught me on those when i was around 4-5. And the .22 is mine now. And i taught my girlfriend to shoot with that one. and my mom learned on it too. so that old .22 is the real sentimental gun. IT WILL NEVER GO! plus that thing is accurate as anything else I've ever shot!

The handgun i have now is an XD .45 service in stainless. I love that gun but i was wanting to trade it and $150 for a Springfield Loaded 1911. The 1911 has a black frame, stainless slide, and nite sights. its really nice. I had been thinking maybe i should get a 1911 to replace the XD as my 45. and then buy either another XD or a Glock in 9mm later. partly for cheapness to shoot and partly to have two different calibers. and i just want my "tactical" (lol) gun to be a 9mm rather than a 45.

July 29, 2007, 07:58 PM
My first firearm was a Remington 550-1 .22 rifle. I still remember my dad teaching me how to pop soda cans in the woods behind our house. Good times. I'm never getting rid of this rifle. It's not worth much monetarily but it's priceless to me. :)

Dave Dembinski
July 29, 2007, 08:04 PM
First gun I ever bought was a Mosin-Nagant M38, and I still have it. I banged up the extractor so bad trying to remove it that it throws empty shells about 4" instead of 4', but I still have it. Then I stuck the stock in the dishwasher because I heard it was the thing to do on the internet. Now I've got a Mosin with about half the shellac melted off and a diswasher with a top rack that never went back in right. That poor gun did nothing to deserve such treatment, but I'm glad I had it to do stupid stuff with instead of a more expensive one.

July 29, 2007, 08:08 PM
Marlin Glenfield semiauto .22 jamomatic. Still have it. Next gun was a Remington 870 pump in 16 ga.

July 29, 2007, 08:17 PM
First gun was a Stevens 311D 16ga. SxS. Its a family gun and i still have it. First gun i actually bought was a Century Garand. It was before i knew much about them. I also still have that and i dont plan on gettin rid of it. Although im workin on pickin up a REAL Garand in the near future.

July 29, 2007, 08:21 PM
remington 510 targetmaster in .22lr. When i got it from my grandpa, the stock was in sorry condition, so we sanded it and refinished it. Still have it now about 10 years later. Pretty accurate little thing. IIRC i traced it back to being made in 1947. Almost forgot to add, it was the gun my dad learned to shoot on.

July 29, 2007, 08:40 PM
Mine was a Century Arms SAR-1 , still have it got it exactly 2 years ago this month, its now got 9 others to keep it company in my safe

July 29, 2007, 08:47 PM
I have my first air gun (Crosman 1077), but I sold my first real gun (SKS).

July 29, 2007, 08:59 PM
I got a marlin bolt action .22 lr for my 6th birthday. I still have it and will never sell it.

Bazooka Joe71
July 29, 2007, 09:01 PM
Now I've got a Mosin with about half the shellac melted off and a diswasher with a top rack that never went back in right.

LOL, that poor Mosin!!!!:banghead:

July 29, 2007, 09:25 PM
lever action BB gun, age 5

July 29, 2007, 09:30 PM
First real gun was a Remington 514, a gift from my parents when I was ten. I shot it yesterday. :D

July 29, 2007, 09:32 PM
my first was a sporterized 1903 i bought when i was 14 then i ended up buying many more not shooting it decideing i like my 1917 a whole lot more for my 30-06 shooting needs and i traded it to a freind of mine for a yugo sks .

July 29, 2007, 09:33 PM
Marlin 60. I have no idea what happened to it. :(

July 29, 2007, 09:35 PM
My first was a Daisy Model 8 single shot .22. Still have it, though it hasn't been fired in probably 15 years.

July 29, 2007, 09:39 PM
Blued Ruger Single Six Convertible, got it bout 20+years ago...........Christmas present from Uncle (back when Ruger used those cool cardboard boxes:D

July 29, 2007, 09:40 PM
I still remember my first gun. It was a used Winchester Model 67 with a cheap Lyman 4X scope on it. It was given to me by my younger brother and where he got it I have no idea. It was a sweet shooting rifle and it somehow disappeared during my college and army days. Sure would like another some day.

July 29, 2007, 09:42 PM
Remington Nylon 66, bolt action, 22cal. Recieved new in the box when I was 9yrs old, and still shooting! Trained all 3 of my sons with that rifle.

Livin in Texas

July 29, 2007, 09:44 PM
Still have my first gun...I wanted a .22 and got a .20 gauge LC Smith, that was in 1969 at 10 years old.

July 29, 2007, 09:46 PM
First gun, Marlin Model 60 which I still have (bought it about 7 years ago). I only still have it because it never would have brought much money. When I first started, I didn't have very many guns and I was inpatient. Now, I can be a little more patient since I have a few. I'm glad that Model 60 wasn't worth enough to justify selling because now I would never let it go- it is accurate, reliable (with CCI) and fun, and yes it is my first (though no sentimental "my grandfather taught me on it" or any such story).

First handgun, a Taurus 82. I really wanted a .357mag, but it was my first handgun so sticker shock got me. I found a decent used Taurus 82 (a .38spl) and decided to go with that. It was a good, if basic, gun (newer 82s are better made, this was really a solid, but very basic gun with a so-so trigger at best). I wish I still had it*

First auto pistol, a Ruger KP89. I missed it for a little while (mostly because it was my first of a type) but I really don't miss having it. I sold it to help me buy something else. I was in the market for a CZ, Kahr or Glock, but got bit by the 1911 bug and bought a Charles Daly.

*Back when I first started I didn't think I'd have many guns. 2-4 handguns was about it (and no more than 5 or 6 counting long-guns). Possibly just one auto and one revolver, maybe one service pistol, one service pistol, and one or two smaller guns in different catagories. So, I had already bought my S&W 65LS and had a mid-size/service revolver in .357mag (which can also shoot .38spl) and didn't see the need for the mid-sized/service revolver in .38spl (the Taurus 82), so I sold it (helped pay for the Charles Daly). It makes be feel especially bad to be without my first handgun when I consider the stupid reason I sold it (especially since I have more than 2-4 guns today).

July 29, 2007, 10:19 PM
I still have my first real gun... it's a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 that I bought with my own money when I was 12. It's nothing fancy, but it's taken plenty of deer over the years and I'll never sell it.

I also have my late father's first gun. He bought that Marlin 39 .22 when he was a kid, and someday I'll pass them both on to my daughter.

July 29, 2007, 10:23 PM
I don't sell guns. If I didn't want it, I wouldn't buy it. :D

My first was a Yugo M48A. In retrospect, my first choice should have been the last rifle I bought, a Marlin 981T. But plinking with a .22 probably wouldn't have interested my at the time. Damn if it ain't a cool rifle.

July 29, 2007, 10:26 PM
My first gun was a Remington Model 12C. I would give anything to have that gem back. I didn't want to sell it, I had to. Along with all the others that I wish I had back.

July 29, 2007, 10:32 PM
Remington Nylon 66. Got it for my 10th birthday, some 49 years ago. It will be passed on to my oldest when I no longer need it. Hopefully that day is still a l-o-n-g way off! :)

July 29, 2007, 10:34 PM
my first gun was a savage .243 my dad bought me for hunting

July 29, 2007, 10:36 PM
My first was a mod. 24 Savage .22/410 and I still have it. I was 10 (1960)and I could barely cock it with both thumbs when we were plinking...never noticed a problem when a rabbit broke cover. :D

The first I bought for myself was a Colt, Diamondback .38. Should have picked up that was right there! :banghead:


July 29, 2007, 10:36 PM

My first gun is the Ruger redhawk on the right. I'll never sell it. For that matter I will never sell the 1911A1 (my dads) or the Baretta 22 ( my moms ) either.
My first rifle. Colt target match AR15.

July 29, 2007, 10:44 PM
I bought my first rifle at Kmart, a Savage Arms 954 .22 rifle. I bought it on layaway and I belive it was $89. When my mom saw it she gave me two shotguns that had belonged to my father, a Topper 20ga. and a Western Auto Supply 410ga.

I don't use the shotguns but I shoot the Savage at 75 100 yds. It shoots much better than my 10/22.
My collection has grown and I've traded here and there over the years but I'll never get rid of these three firearms.

XD Fan
July 29, 2007, 10:46 PM
Dad gave me a Winchester Model 88 When I was 13. Still got it.

July 29, 2007, 10:56 PM
I was about 5 or 6 when my dad gave me a Stevens .410 side by side.
Still have it

Navy joe
July 29, 2007, 11:13 PM
My dad gave me a Crosman air pistol, Benjamin air rifle, and a single shot .22 rifle.

The first I bought was a Colt AR-15 because Bill Clinton was being an idiot and I was only 19. So all the stupid AWB did was put one more "assault rifle" in the hands of a "child" because I was too young to be trusted with a handgun.

July 29, 2007, 11:18 PM
Remington 870 Wingmaster 16ga pump action. Dad sold it when I left the house. I wish I still had it though. That thing was a blast to shoot.

July 29, 2007, 11:25 PM
I still have my first three guns.
My dad bought me a Colt Python for my 18th B-day (26 years ago). The first gun I bought for myself was a new Sig P228 followed by a P220 about two weeks later.

July 29, 2007, 11:30 PM
Yup still got my first gun and I still have the first gun I paid for.

July 30, 2007, 01:33 AM
wow, this thread really got a better reception than i thought it would! its good to hear that other people have sentimental feeling towards some of their guns.

July 30, 2007, 02:02 AM
My Dad bought me a used Stevens "Springfield 120" .22 single shot bolt action rifle for $12 or $12.50 when I was about 11 or 12. It's the most accurate iron sighted rifle I've fired. It has a very thin front blade sight. I've never sold a gun.

July 30, 2007, 07:01 AM
I've still got my first, a gift from an Uncle when I was about 11.

It's a Slazenger-Lithgow Model 12B .22.

I'm guessing most of my American friends are now thinking a "what?".

It's a relic from the days when this country made arms.

July 30, 2007, 07:13 AM
Browning Challenger .22

I've had it since I was about 14. Belonged to my grandpa in the 70s who died before I could remember him.

July 30, 2007, 07:26 AM
FN FiveseveN USG. Great gun... the gun that got my wife over her fear of guns and into shooting as well as some others I know.

July 30, 2007, 07:30 AM
First real firearm was a Mossie semi-auto 22 carbine rifle. Still have it. It needs taken apart and cleaned thoroughly. Have not shot it in years.

July 30, 2007, 07:31 AM
Stephens Favorite .22.
At age six I inherited this rifle and only shot while being under the watchful eyes of the adults in the family.
In later years , I carried the rifle on my trapline using it one day to kill a very large Canadian goose.

M1 Shooter
July 30, 2007, 07:34 AM
My first gun was a used Marlin Model 70hc that my Dad bought for me at a gun show when I was 12 years old, which was 20 years ago(wow, time sure flies!). Unfortunately, that rifle turned out to be a jam-o-matic. We took it to a gunsmith and he said he couldn't fix it because the receiver was warped:eek: He offered us $50 for it to use as a parts gun, which coincedently was exactly what my Dad paid for it at the gun show, so we sold it to the 'smith. We then went straight to a gun shop and put that $50 towards a brand new Ruger 10/22 which I still have.

July 30, 2007, 10:19 AM
My first gun was a wedding present from my groomsmen.

A Remington 870...engraved in the receiver is this:
"Mr. & Mrs. watson0625, July 25th, 2005
From the guys...
The closest you'll ever get to a shotgun wedding"

Hands down the best wedding present ever. I will never sell that gun. =)

July 30, 2007, 10:42 AM
Mine was a Sig 228, and I sure wish I still had it.

July 30, 2007, 11:39 AM
My grandpa gave me a marlin 39 .22. love that gun. My son will be getting it after me.

July 30, 2007, 12:00 PM
Dad bought me a Marlin 39a in 1952 when I was in the second grade. I still have it and my sone will someday have it.

July 30, 2007, 12:14 PM
First gun I owned was a Taurus PT92 (I "sort of" inherited it when my brother died) I sold that to purchase a Glock G17.

However, the first gun I bought was a Beretta CX4 Storm. I can't imagine selling that any time soon. It is just too much fun!!

July 30, 2007, 01:33 PM
My first was a .410 with an integral 4+1 shot mag. My parents gave it to me for my 13th birthday. I am 54 now. Gun looks almost new. They bought it at Western Auto. Love that shotgun.

July 30, 2007, 01:47 PM
Birthday present for my 12th birthday (I just turned 60). Accounted for many cans, rabbits (especially snowshoes in Maine), and a groundhog or two.

Lots of rifles/shotguns/handguns have passed through my hands - this one stays!

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