Bought my first gun yesterday!


September 2, 2008, 11:20 PM
It's a Ruger 10/22. The "Deluxe Sporter" version. Hey, I know it's not much. But I hear your first gun is kind of like your first girlfriend and I'm in love. :D

I can't wait to go try it out. It's my first purchase after taking a basic pistol course last weekend. Next up is getting a semi-auto pistol and a concealed handgun permit. But I haven't decided on what pistol I want yet.

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September 2, 2008, 11:28 PM
Welcome to a lifetime of fun and addiction. Shoot as many handguns as you can before you buy one.

September 2, 2008, 11:30 PM
Hey man, there's not a thing wrong with the 10/22! Treat it right and don't abuse it, and it'll outlast you. Plus, it's got enough aftermarket accessories to keep you busy for a long, long time.


September 2, 2008, 11:30 PM
Get the hell offline and go out and shoot the thing!

September 2, 2008, 11:41 PM
ya your in trouble. your going to be buying endless amounts of ammo. then your going to want a bigger gun. then more ammo. then another gun then more ammo. Then a bigger gun then more ammo. Then more ammo. then more ammo. then your going to learn that its not hard to reload your own ammo. Then your going to spend all your days off making ammo. Then your going to get addicted to making ammo. To where you want to shoot just to have the brass to reload. Then someone is going to tell you about making your own bullets. Then your going to start casting bullets making ammo. Shooting and shooting and shooting. Then someone is going to let you try there black powder gun. Now your buying muzzle loaders and single action revolvers.

Yep welcome to the life long addiction of shooting. We Welcome you

September 2, 2008, 11:47 PM
Welcome to the first day of your new obsession.

September 2, 2008, 11:57 PM
Hello, BigStick.

My name is Terry, and I'm a gunny.

Every time I hear about (or from) a new shooter I feel a little less guilty about my own addiction.

September 3, 2008, 12:00 AM
A very NICE purchase. As lots of people will tell you your .22 might prefer one brand of .22 ammunition over others. Best way to find out is buy lots of different brands and try them out. Also it's fun.

September 3, 2008, 12:07 AM
My name is Terry, and I'm a gunny.


Seriously, though, congratulations on your first gun. Its a great feeling and all you want to do is go out and shoot.

September 3, 2008, 12:09 AM
congrats on your 1st rifle.

wise choice to start with a long gun, and again with the little ruger.

get yourself a 30 dollar wal mart scope if you dont have one yet. then get a spray bottle full of red fruit punch and 5 dollars worth of cheapo ammo.

spray a target with the punch and walk 50 paces and turn around and take aim.

you are now officially black death to the first fly that lands, and remember the snipers creed.

1 shot 1 kill.

September 3, 2008, 12:10 AM
A fine purchase! Those rugers are a lot of fun to shoot. I would recommend buying a few extra mags so you're not reloading the whole time... but I really think you'll enjoy that rifle. :D

R. Deckard
September 3, 2008, 12:15 AM
I saw 10/22's on sale this weekend and had to control myself not to go buy my fouth one! If you are new to guns I hope someone has told you not to dry fire a 22, you may damage the firing pin. Have fun with your new toy.

Ray S

September 3, 2008, 12:44 AM
Thanks everyone, for all the welcomes (and warnings from the 12 steppers ;)).

If you are new to guns I hope someone has told you not to dry fire a 22, you may damage the firing pin.
Are you sure about this Ray? I've dry fired it a few times, but I checked the manual beforehand. On page 20 of the manual it says:

The rifle can be "dry fired" for practice as long as it is empty and pointed in a safe direction.

September 3, 2008, 01:57 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of firearms. I love my 10/22 and it was my 3rd gun. Get out and enjoy it, and if you can please take somebody that doesn't own a gun or have experience with one and introduce them to it.

Good shooting.

Kind of Blued
September 3, 2008, 04:27 AM
Colorado is a great place to be a gun owner. Congratulations.

Let me know if you ever want to hit the range with me and some of the Colorado guys here. It's informal, loud, possibly educational fun. :)

September 3, 2008, 05:59 AM

Congrats on your first purchase; a Ruger 10/22 was my first gun nearly 30 years ago. Get yourself a decent scope (one that's made for a .22LR rifle), stock up on ammo (mine has always had a marked prference for CCI MiniMags), and plenty of magazines (never know when a high capacity mag ban will come back again). And enjoy.

September 3, 2008, 08:23 AM
The 10/22 is a great one to start with. My son and I shot ours the other day. Thare a million accessories for it as well. Great guns.

September 3, 2008, 09:43 AM
Welcome to the group, BigStick. My first was a 10/22 as well (boy, she gets around! :)) and you can't go wrong with this one. It's a great gun to learn your skills on, shoots reliably, cleans easily and you can shoot her all day without breaking the bank. If you're new to shooting, take at least one basic course to learn the fundamentals of shooting and basic safety rules (the store you buy from oughta have some recommendations). If you're able, shoot as many weapons as you can in as many calibers as you can. Pick your first gun by how well it fits your hand, how comfortable the round is to shoot, and how well you can afford the ammo for regular practice--not by how "cool" it looks, how big it is, or what some elite military guy uses (I've seen lots of new guys at the range w/ guns they couldn't shoot well because they chose these last criteria).

Shoot safe and have fun!

September 3, 2008, 09:53 AM
Good first pick, you're now a full fledged American! ;) Find out what ammo she favors and stock up on a few bricks on econo stuff too. If you really get into shooting, try and master the 10/22 before just collecting any stuff if you move that way. Be safe - drill the 4 rules into yourself, family, and friends & have fun.

September 3, 2008, 09:54 AM
Welcome to your new addicition! I bought each of my 3 sons a 10/22; great gift!!

The Ruger 22 models (22/45 or Mark III) are also excellent choices for robust and reliable pistols. The 22 Ruger revolver is another great choice.


September 3, 2008, 10:00 AM
Welcome to the wonderful world of the shooting sports. I have heard that the real test of a man's intelligence is how often he agrees with you. You must be a pretty sharp fellow. I've got two DSP 10/22's myself.

September 3, 2008, 03:05 PM
Welcome..... But say good bye to all your money and spare time....
It's like drugs and redneck food .... You just can't seem to get enough :D

September 3, 2008, 03:13 PM
Congratulations! Everyone needs at least one .22 rifle in the stable. The real bonus is that you can still shoot until you're tired for a reasonable amount of $$$ with .22. Enjoy it!

September 3, 2008, 03:18 PM
Good choice for a first gun. Congrats. :)

Travis McGee
September 3, 2008, 03:43 PM
You did? It's traditional that you buy everybody on THR today a beer.

Just kidding.

September 3, 2008, 03:45 PM
That is a great first purchase, and it was the first gun my father bought specifically for me over a decade ago, BB and Pellet dont count! Im only 24 gimmie a break!

I still have her, and still love to shoot her.

September 3, 2008, 03:46 PM
congrats buddy. And great choice of gun. :D

September 3, 2008, 04:17 PM
Congrats! May she serve you well.


September 3, 2008, 04:25 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of firearms... it is wide, varied, cheap and expensive, vastly rewarding and challenging. Good luck and good shooting!

September 3, 2008, 04:27 PM
Treat her well, and she'll be around for a lifetime.


September 3, 2008, 04:27 PM
Welcome aboard. I think you made a great choice. The 10/22 was my first gun too, and 25 years later, I still use it all of the time. Have fun and be safe. Don't let the "harmless little 22" fool you... it'll kill stuff just the same.

September 3, 2008, 04:29 PM
Yes, congratulations!

To answer your question about dry-fire, it is my understanding that repetitive dry-firing of a rimfire gun can damage the firing pin / chamber. Whereas with a centerfire weapon, dry-firing has no ill effects (as the firing pin only protrudes into an empty space and doesn't strike or damage anything), the firing pin of a rimfire weapon is different - it is intended to literally "squash" that soft, explosive brass primer between itself and the rear of the chamber (not sure about nomenclature here?). Therefore, with repeated dry-firing, eventually, either the firing pin will wear down and / or break, or it will peen away at the chamber until there is a dent deep enough that reliable ignition will no longer occur (as the rim of the cartridge can simply move slightly into that dent and avoid the ignition-blow from the firing pin).

Pressing the trigger once after cleaning your gun to take pressure off the hammer spring for storage isn't a big deal, but you should avoid repetitive dry-firing.

Now if you do want to dry-fire your new gun, you could invest in a set of plastic "snap caps" which feed just like real bullets but are inert. The plastic rim of a snap cap would absorb the impact of the firing pin, saving the pin / chamber from undue wear.

Now that I've said all this, it's quite possible that the 10/22 has a design feature that I'm not aware of that would prevent this condition... but this is my understanding, at least :)

September 3, 2008, 04:32 PM
BigStick- I was always told not to dry fire a rimfire gun (like a .22LR). But if the manual specifically says it's ok, well then go for it I suppose. Besides, Ruger is known for having some of the best customer service in the industry. So if you break it, they will fix it for you for free anyway. So don't worry.

Hey, and welcome to the group man. It's good to have you here. Honestly, gun folks in my experience, are the best folks there are.

September 3, 2008, 04:52 PM
10/22s are fun. Go get one of those 50 round banana mags and dirty up the barrel, it's a blast :D

September 3, 2008, 05:02 PM
Great first gun :D 10/22s are great guns. Now you have to buy an AR15 :D

Corporal K
September 3, 2008, 05:05 PM
Nice! Those are fun.

September 3, 2008, 05:12 PM
Nice choice. While in general rimfire guns are not safe to dry-fire, the 10/22 is. Ruger designed it that way. I think the ruger LCP isn't safe to dry-fire, but most of their other guns are.:)

And if you are looking for cheap ammo, I reccomend the federal 525 round bulk pack, it's only $15.00. If you are going to use it for self-defense until you can get a better self defense firearm, try a few different brands and types of ammo to see which one is most reliable. But for plinking, you can't beat the federal bulk pack.

September 3, 2008, 05:29 PM
Great choice in a first gun, your gonna love it! The Ruger 10/22 is an excellent 22 rifle.

September 3, 2008, 05:53 PM
congrats and welcome to the ruger family :-D....its your first and most likely not your last :-D

September 3, 2008, 08:38 PM
Welcome to the Wonderful World Shooting. Enjoy yourself.:)

September 3, 2008, 08:51 PM
Your first gun is often a gun that stays with you for life. Ruger 10/22 is a great choice.

September 3, 2008, 08:55 PM
Shooting 10/22s is the most fun you can have with your pants on.

Mark Evel
September 3, 2008, 09:35 PM
Great rifle! Have fun, be safe. I think everybody should have one .. or two .. or three ...

Mark :evil:

September 3, 2008, 09:55 PM
Hey! We're not twelve steppers. Twelve steppers have a problem, and need help quitting. None of us here has a problem. We can stop buying and shooting any time we want. We just don't want too, that's all. :D

Seriously though, welcome to a brand new lifestyle. It's an AWESOME ride, and it's gonna cost you a LOT of money. :D

September 4, 2008, 02:40 AM
Welcome to the club. Guns can be an addiction so watch it. Have fun and do your duty to introduce others to the sport or the new way of thinking.

Mr. D
September 4, 2008, 10:02 AM
Howdy! Great choice, both in hobby and in firearm! ;) I still don't have a .22 rifle, even though I have a rifle, a shotgun, and two pistols, but when I do get one, it will be a 10/22.


September 4, 2008, 10:08 AM
I've dry-fired my 10/22 thousands of times. If there's a potential problem with it, I haven't found out yet.

But who knows, might be something to it after all, don't want to downplay it too much and then point fingers at me later! :-)

September 4, 2008, 10:10 AM
Welcome. A great start for your collection.

September 4, 2008, 02:20 PM
Congratulations! Now, go out and shoot...bricks and bricks of inexpensive .22LR ammo!!!!!!

September 4, 2008, 04:45 PM
It's already been said many times, but.. Congratulations! You made a great first purchase. I grew up shooting my buddies 10/22. Great rifles.

Always remember to be safe and to introduce others to the sport.

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