How old were you?


February 23, 2009, 09:54 PM
I was about 4 or so the first time I fired a gun. I had a Ruger 10/22 when I was 6, a Rossi pump 22 before that. First shootgun at 9 and a Colt Frontier Scout at 10. I'm 28 and my wife's little bro is 13, and I dont think he has ever fired a gun and I cant do anything about it. I think thats kinda sad.

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Duke of Doubt
February 23, 2009, 09:57 PM
Ten. But I didn't actually "own" a gun until I purchased a .44 revolver at 23.

February 23, 2009, 10:00 PM
To be honest, I don't really remember. I got my first shotgun, a hand-me-down Iver johnson single shot 20 ga, when I was nine. But I had shot .22's prior to that.

I started my son out with a Henry Mini-Bolt single shot .22 right after he turned two. He is now six and has the Mini-Bolt, a Henry lever .17HMR, a 10/22 and a Remington 788 in .243. We shoot together quite a bit.

February 23, 2009, 10:01 PM
Probably around 9 but I'm not sure.

February 23, 2009, 10:03 PM
Probably 5 or 6 shooting dad's guns. He got me my first .22 I could call my own when I was about 10. It was a Nylon 66. I bought my 1st gun on my own in the mid 60's. It was a Revelation 12ga pump from Western Auto.

February 23, 2009, 10:03 PM
I was 4 or 5 the first time I fired a gun. I can't remember if it was a H&R .22lr revolver of my grandpa's or my dad's .22lr single shot Revelation. Both were shot on the same day.

Acquired my first deer rifle around the ages of 8-10, a Remmy Model 700 .270 Winchester. Also got a .410 Mossberb pump for a squirrel gun.

My standards have changed along the way. I've upgraded to Magnum class rifles for deer, .22lr's for squirrel (more fun that way), and the .270 has been taken over by my girlfriend.

February 23, 2009, 10:06 PM
First gun was a Bejammin Pump (pellet gun) at 7 or 8. Next gun was a JC Higgins dbl barrel 410 age 12 followed by a M1 Garand 30 cal rifle and a M2 30 cal Carbine at 15 (US Army) and many different guns including 20mm gatlin until age 39.

the iron horse
February 23, 2009, 10:07 PM
age three to eight it was cap pistols
man! did i get those bad guys

age nine to eleven a Daisy
My father taught me how to be safe and shoot

age twelve
a .22 bolt action single shot rifle
i was not allowed to use on my own until i was about fifteen

February 23, 2009, 10:10 PM
I was like 9, shooting 12ga and 30-30 rifles with two of my friends dads, and like 7 other kids. My dad was not into shooting (:() so i had to go with others.

February 23, 2009, 10:12 PM
I was maybe 10 or 12, can't really remember. I think it was a .22

February 23, 2009, 10:14 PM

Now that I think of it, dad's Nylon 66 was the first gun that I shot. Somehow, his brother ended up with it. I came across one three years ago that was in good shape. Let's just say that it followed me home.

February 23, 2009, 10:18 PM
I was 12 and it was a .22lr.
Owned my first gun at 18, another .22lr. I didn't grow up in a gun family and my only shooting experience was back when I was 12-14 shooting .22's at camp so I bought what I knew. Now I'm 24 and totally obsessed and I've gotten my dad into it as well. It's like they say, like son like father ;)

February 23, 2009, 10:20 PM
7 years old.

February 23, 2009, 10:27 PM
I was 8 when I first started on a BB gun, 12 for a .22 revolver and I have been actively hunting big game since 14 years old.

February 23, 2009, 10:30 PM
Fired a gun for the first time on June 25, 2008, just a few weeks shy of my 59th birthday. Guess that makes me a late bloomer.

I inherited my father-in-law's S&W model 642. Hated it. Traded with my son for my late husbands model 10-5. Much better. Have since bought and shot several other handguns. A few days ago I got a model 19-3 that I'm looking forward to trying out.

Big Daddy Grim
February 23, 2009, 10:32 PM
3 Red rider BB gun back yard 4 for my ruger 10/22 thats still an old friend I take every year.

February 23, 2009, 10:38 PM
I was about 4. I remember once grandpa and dad giving me a 410, told me it was a 22, and I cried when it knocked me over. I guess they werent to worried about my developing a flinch:uhoh:

I just bought my son a lever action .22, model 150, he's 16 months . . .

He won't be shooting for a litle while yet :) :)


Big Bill
February 23, 2009, 10:51 PM
I got my Daisey BB gun when I was 7. I learned to shoot with that little beauty.

February 23, 2009, 10:52 PM
I don't remember how old I was, but it was in the late '40's! .22 singleshot was the first rifle I owned, probably 12-14 years old. Oldest brother took me rabbit hunting and let me use his .410 double barrel long before that. Can't remember if I was old enough for a hunting license or not. Back then there was no one around anyway.

February 23, 2009, 11:02 PM
My grandpa took me shooting when I was six and I got to shoot his 38 special. It was along time after he died before I had the opportunity to get into shooting. I feel your pain. My wifes little brother is the same age and is in the same boat. I tried to take him shooting one day and my father in law gave me permission. When I took the little punk to shoot he was petrified of the gun. Not that it went bang but that he didnt think he knew how to shoot it. I am a cop and I showed him how to shoot and even shot about 50 rounds from 6 of my pistols. Everything from my walthers p22 up to my Judge he wouldnt shoot them. He has a marlin 22 that is in bad shape that was given to him by his uncle. I told the kid that I would show him how to shoot it and how to clean it. I got my kit out to clean the gun, I ended up cleaning half of it before he told me that he was afraid he would mess it up if he cleaned it. I chalked it up to the kid just being lazy and I decided to let him have his half nasty rifle back and I quit caring if he got beat up on the playground. Kids these days......

February 23, 2009, 11:03 PM
6 yrs old if detonating a 22LR cartridge with a pipe wrench counts. And I have the scar too prove it.

February 23, 2009, 11:06 PM
My father gave me my first official shooting lesson at about 7 or 8 years old.

A little over a year later he died of a heart attack at 43 years old and I'll admit, I'm 41 (42 tomorrow) and every time I put a shot into a target, I still feel like he's standing behind and off to the side of me "calling" my hits and misses. :)

February 23, 2009, 11:11 PM
I don't really recall. It may sound funny, but I was always a bit shy about shooting my Dad's 22 rifle when I was under 10 years old. I know I shot it, but I don't recall when I started. I really started shooting at age 13 or 14 (9th grade) when I got my first 22 rifle.

The Wiry Irishman
February 23, 2009, 11:16 PM
I can't remember exactly, but I started in the back yard with my dad's air rifle in late elementary school or early middle school. Later we started shooting skeet at our cabin with a .410/.22 over/under, moved up to a single shot 20 gauge when I got a bit bigger, and occasionally a pump action .22 rifle. I didn't really get into shooting regularly until college.

Hungry Seagull
February 23, 2009, 11:22 PM
Dont remember much, mostly living history growing up, some artillery at teen early and one shot with da holding hand over so recoil dont knock me down, sat listening to the clays and shots all day always watching never shooting much. Blasted a wheelborrow with bird shot from 10 feet at 14. (Man never thought about safety in those days did we?... whew)

That makes me a late bloomer. I think I was a young adult with two good friends break single shot got well with it and a .22 rim revolver was when I could actually aim and hit something decent. I have been drawn upon as the bg a few times but only because I failed to communicate my arrival prior.

Late bloomer that was what I was. But grew up choking on the smoke of that stuff firing alot. Loved it.

February 23, 2009, 11:23 PM
10-12 and it was also first owned. A Mossburg 22 I think about a 16 shot tubelar fed bolt acton and it weighed a ton!!

February 24, 2009, 12:22 AM
13 at scout camp. Only one other time after that about a year later. Finally bought my first handgun at 23, and been shooting ever since.

February 24, 2009, 07:45 AM
Six or seven for first shots. First gun that was "mine" was a 10/22 at 14 or 15.

My oldest two kids both started pulling triggers at 3.


February 24, 2009, 07:57 AM
i was about 7... it was a winchester 94-30-30... i was wearing my gramps ol captains bars on my collar... my dad didnt see the captains bars between my shoulder and the butt plate...

February 24, 2009, 08:30 AM
My Mom has a picture of me with one of my Dads air rifles when I was about 2 years old. Started shooting the big guns (.30-30, 12ga) when I was 8 years old.

February 24, 2009, 08:35 AM
Probably around 10, shot a neighbor's .22 a couple times. Got my first shotgun, a remington 870 youth model in 20ga when I was 12 or 13 I guess.

Ala Dan
February 24, 2009, 10:15 AM
I think I was 'bout 6 or 7, and the firearm I believe too be a 4" Smith
& Wesson .22LR model 34 "Kit Gun"~? :)

February 24, 2009, 10:16 AM
Actually not real sure. The first time I remember I was probably around 3 or so. Maybe younger? Possibly 2? I do have a clear picture of it in my mind...

I remember we (the family) were camping out at "the farm", 20 acres up in the mountains. I do remember that it was a M1 Carbine, and my dad had to hold both me and the gun up. I shot one clip, at the target on the big oak tree. All by fire light.

That must be why I love the sight of muzzle flash in the moon light.:evil::evil


February 24, 2009, 10:28 AM
4 or 5....young but apparently not the youngest, some of you where babies when you first started shooting!

February 24, 2009, 10:32 AM
I was seven or eight, and it was a .410 NEF.

February 24, 2009, 10:41 AM
I don't remember exactly. I was an active cub scout and boy scout, so I'm sure I shot a little .22 or something around the age of 10 or 12. I didn't get my first firearm until I was 22 years old though, and it was a DPMS AR-15 :evil:

It's not even a year later and I've got 8 firearms now, and they're all synthetic/black. Is that bad? :D

The Lone Haranguer
February 24, 2009, 01:13 PM

February 24, 2009, 01:41 PM
5 years old when my pops bought me my first 10/22. We still have that gun in the family, and it still works like it did back then.
Someday I hope to give it to my kids.

February 24, 2009, 01:46 PM
I was probably 12 years old, I started target shooting on a 50yd range at Camp Thunderbird for Boys in Bemidji Minnesota. I owned my first gun, a Norinco SKS when I was 18.

February 24, 2009, 01:55 PM
12, 22 cal joined NRA Junior Rifleman and competed at a local range in San Mateo Ca.

February 24, 2009, 01:56 PM
I shot dad's Marlin 39 at eight or so. Then I took .22 "rifle range" at camp at nine. I got my first .22 rifle of my own for my 12th birthday. Still got it too. My dad's says he's going to give my 11 year old son that old 39 of his as soon as I give the word. Ahh... God bless the USA...


February 24, 2009, 02:20 PM
11 when i fired a pellet gun. I think 14 when i fired my first .22.

February 24, 2009, 02:21 PM
7 or 8, not sure. :)

February 24, 2009, 02:31 PM
I guess I was a late bloomer :p

February 24, 2009, 02:32 PM
I can't say how old I was. I remember that it was all I could do to reach the trigger. I wasn't able to hold the front of the rifle up my dad had to hold it up for me. We live in western ky and went to the striper pits to shot I do know it was a 22lr Thinking back I don’t remember my age for the first time I shot a shotgun (12ga) but I do remember that it knocked me down but I got right up and did it again with the same result. My son who is 2 has had his own rifle for over a year (22 cricket) and I am expecting my daughter anytime now I will buy her a cricket within a month of her birthday, and I will have a 50BMG before she starts dating

February 24, 2009, 03:28 PM
I went shooting for the first time with my friends when I was 20. We shot two .22 LR rifles and a 20 ga shotgun. A lot later than the rest of y'all, but I grew up in the SF Bay Area.

February 24, 2009, 03:39 PM
I was a little squirt, and believe that the lesson gave an appreciation between RESPONSIBILITY of 'adult' guns, and toys that shoot caps, and "don't even tough the real thing kid, you or someone else will likely get hurt, and is there any part of this that you don't understand-what the gun can and will do?" This lesson transferred to my own kids at a very young age.

February 24, 2009, 03:58 PM
5 years old in 1960 when I shot my grandpa's single shot 22 rifle.

February 24, 2009, 05:48 PM
I was 5. All 3 of my kids shot when they were 4.

February 24, 2009, 06:07 PM
About 6

bottom shelf
February 24, 2009, 06:15 PM
I was 10. It was at summer camp. Got my own first gun at 18.

February 24, 2009, 06:18 PM
I am thinking 8 or 9

Byron Quick
February 24, 2009, 06:23 PM
I was four when I shot my dad's Browning Light Twelve. He held the fore end. I wasn't much interested for a while after that.

Got an old J.C. Higgins bolt action 12 gauge when I was eight. An 8mm Mauser when I was 11. Uncle bought me a Llama 1911 in .38 Super when I was 17...way before anyone had heard the term 'straw purchase.'

February 24, 2009, 06:26 PM
About kindergarten era? Give or take a year.
Dad had a single shot receiver that had,both .22 rimfire & .32 rimfire barrels.He encouraged me to "start" with the .22,and after shooting at the Hi-C can(don't recall hitting it),I was too intimidated by the "big shell" to try it.

February 24, 2009, 06:37 PM
27 :(

it's not my fault, i was raised by antis...

February 24, 2009, 07:52 PM
Same here Caliban, I fired my first gun out in the Mojave Desert in 2006, and now I'll probably be buying myself a .22 handgun for my 27th birthday next month.....or even earlier :D

February 24, 2009, 11:14 PM
About seven years old myself. I'm not even that great of a shot and my dad is a Navy SEAL. Not his fault though :)

February 24, 2009, 11:29 PM
18, about ten minutes after purchasing my first gun. I had always been like "I like guns. they're cool and seem interesting. Plus, it beats using a knife for self-defense."

So one day I just got it in me and bought one (a Mossberg 500 8-shot). Been into it ever since.

February 24, 2009, 11:41 PM
My dad started me really early bb guns at three, .22 at four, and shot my first doe at seven.

February 25, 2009, 04:12 AM
If airguns count, 6 or 7
First firearm I ever shot : 14, my uncle's (mom & dad were anti).22 LR semi-auto rifle.
A Winchester, if I remember correctly.

By the way, BCCL (#23) : heartwarming story.

February 25, 2009, 04:18 AM
I was 19 (draftee for the West-German Forces).
UZI, G3, P38/ Pi1, Panzerfaust, 20mm tank gun, MG3.

As private person I started at 25 or 26, with a SW686 with .38 WC ammo.


February 25, 2009, 07:48 AM
Probably 12, Addicted ever since but was 25 before i bought my first real gun.

February 25, 2009, 08:28 AM
9 or 10? At the Ft. Leavenworth skeet range with my dad and his 11-87.

February 25, 2009, 09:03 AM
I first shot with my .22 rifle at the age of eighteen. At the time, I wanted to be an army officer and thought that proficiency in firearms would be a smart move. I wasn't born into "gun culture." My father was born in an urban environment and thus had little familiarity with guns, apart from a very brief experience with a rifle in Navy boot camp.

February 25, 2009, 11:24 AM
in my teens............m-1 and a .357 magnum

February 25, 2009, 12:05 PM
Man I have no idea, and all those that do know are now dead. Definitely way pre teen.

February 25, 2009, 01:06 PM
erm, 13-15. Somewhere along those lines I think.

February 25, 2009, 01:23 PM
First time shooting probably 10 or 11 a .22 LR.

Got my first gun, a smith and wesson .22LR revolver at 13 for my birthday.

the first gun I bought was a bushmaster o.r.c. .223 on my 18th birthday

February 25, 2009, 01:34 PM
I would say around four or five. When we went up to Maine to visit my grandparents, my grandpa has a single shot .22 rifle, cant remeber the model of it though.

February 25, 2009, 02:18 PM
4 or 5 when I first shot an old single shot .22

Only allowed to shoot it with my dad or my uncle around.. Then I got a bb gun (not a red ryder) then pellet rifle, then a pellet pistol.. I was 10 when I got my first rifle of my own. Then at 13, first shotgun (Mossberg 20 gauge) ..

simpler times..

February 25, 2009, 02:45 PM
In Boy Scouts, age 12.

February 25, 2009, 02:45 PM
I was about 8. Didn't really "get into" shooting hardcore till about 14 though, and ever since then it's been downhill...or uphill...I'm not sure which!

February 25, 2009, 02:50 PM
7, shot .22s and an sks, got my own at 16 as a gift.

February 25, 2009, 02:50 PM
10 or 11 when I first shot a friend's bolt action .22 rifle. Didn't do much more until college, when I shot on the rifle team. Didn't own my first gun until I was 27 or 28. But I've made up for it since ... :D

February 25, 2009, 05:07 PM
I was 4 or 5 and the gun was a .22lr.

February 25, 2009, 05:11 PM
I was 8 the first time I shot a gun. It was my cousin's pump up crossman air rifle. I didn't own my first gun until I was 11 which was a cheap Savage Mark III with an atrocious trigger and 4x tasco scope.

February 25, 2009, 05:20 PM
7 or 8 yrs old, shot my grandfather's Sears & Roebuck bolt action 12 gauge.

Elm Creek Smith
February 25, 2009, 10:49 PM
Five or six, my dad held his J.C.Higgins .22 revolver (High Standard Sentinel) while I pulled the trigger. When I was 10 he gave me a Remington Model 514 .22 rifle. He gave me his Harrington & Richardson single-shot .410 the next year. I've had guns ever since.


February 25, 2009, 10:50 PM
10years with a pre 64 94-30-30... my first firearm, still have it :)

February 25, 2009, 11:36 PM
Stevens 410 / 22lr over and under age 6 or 7 was the first I shot. but my first gun was a Glenfield 22lr and my son fight over who gets to use it today.

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