What is the first gun you ever puchase or received


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February 11, 2012, 05:32 PM
Remember that first gun you acquire , do you still have it now? My first gun was a ruger and still have it with over 40000 rds through it and just change the re-coil spring.

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February 11, 2012, 05:38 PM
Two guns, a gift from our preacher who said his son didn't care about them....1955, I was 11 years old. One a Jap 99 which he had taken the firing pin spring out of so no one could hurt themselves (took me ten minutes at the Western Auto Store to fine a spring that would work), and the second, a Stevens Crack Shot #26 with no firing pin and no front sight. I took it along on our annual trip to northern Illinois (before IL became a Republik and when guns were O.K.) and the village blacksmith fittet it up with a front sight and firing pin he made out of key stock and drill rod. I have both today and try to shoot each one at least once a year. I found three boxes of Norma 7.7 brass and loaded them up with 150 grain .308 bullets and got keyholes on about every one. Then I did some reading and bought .312 diameter bullets and shrunk the groups from minute of notebook page to about three inches at one hundred yards. I was only twelve or so at the time.

February 11, 2012, 05:52 PM
For me, it was a Harrington & Richardson .22 revolver. It was inherited when my Grandfather passed away. Then, when I moved out of my Dad's house, he gave me his Ruger 10/22. The first that I purchased was a Jennings 9mm from a friend. BIG mistake. LOL

February 11, 2012, 05:57 PM
My first gun was a Remington 1100 youth 20ga when I was around 8 or so, and is now serving as my mother's HD shotgun. The first gun that I bought on my own was a Sig 228 which I still have and carry daily. Its one of the few guns I will never part with.

February 11, 2012, 05:59 PM
Winchester Model 69A .22 bolt action "repeater" rifle. Given to me by my Great Uncle. I still have it, and shoot it.

February 11, 2012, 05:59 PM
Summer of 2010. S&W M67 38 special. I had been shooting once; at an NRA Basic Pistol class, and wanted to do more of it. It was on consignment at the local LGS and it felt good to both the kid and me so I bought it. Since then I bought a used P226 and am now browsing for a carry gun. No hurry; I will know it when I hold it.

February 11, 2012, 06:02 PM
a pair of plinking/target pistols, Ruger mkIII (since modified and adjusted ... and duplicated, I got another so the Mrs and I wouldn't have to fight over it) and a Walther P22 (still around as a trainer for similarly laid out pistols, technically that one was for the wife, but I use it more these days)

February 11, 2012, 06:11 PM
Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger P89. Kept the 10/22. Dumped the P89 pretty soon there after and got a Sig. The rest ... is a story of addiction :D

February 11, 2012, 06:16 PM
remington spartan spr220 12 gauge SXS. got it for my 16th birthday

February 11, 2012, 07:07 PM
Ruger 10/22 stainless. I put approx. 5000 rounds through that gun, it never lost its accuracy, and never jammed once, no matter what ammo I used in it. I still regret selling it to this day.

February 11, 2012, 07:11 PM
for me it was a Glock 17C back in 2002. Bought it knowing very little about guns and was my only gun I had until about 2009. Was only for HD and sat in a safe. Then decided to get my CCW/CHL, got more into shooting, and traded it to get a CZ 75B. Now I have 10 guns.

February 11, 2012, 07:16 PM
Star Firestar 9mm. First time I ever remember shooting a handgun was with an Uncle when I was 16, as soon as I turned 21 I went and bought one because when he died his mysteriously disappeared and I know his wife was not a gun person.

February 11, 2012, 07:31 PM
A friend of mine in college wanted to upgrade his bunny gun and sold, traded, or gave me his old Win 190. It was a great gun, but I'm left-eye dominant (my right eye lacks mobility and I couldn't drive if it weren't for my good left eye), and it burned my face when I shot it. So I only put about 5000 rounds through it, and sold it for $30 less than enough to buy a used Marlin 980S with a scope on it. Love that gun.

February 11, 2012, 07:35 PM
I've had one but I don't consider it my first. I bought my "first" in 05 and it was a springer 1911 GI in OD green. Loved it and shot maybe 5900 rounds before I deployed to Iraq in 06. My wife wasn't a convert then so I had to give it up. Since then I have 4 hand guns that I need to hide before I get to communist NY.

February 11, 2012, 07:41 PM
Ruger 10-22, 1967. Bday present from my father. Not sure what he paid for it back then, still have it.

February 11, 2012, 07:45 PM
I was ten when I recieved a Savage MK II as a gift from my dad for making all A's on my report card, I slayed many racoons and other sorts of small vermin with it.

February 11, 2012, 08:04 PM
My dad gave me a 10/22 With a houge overmolded stock and houge fluted stainless target barrel when I graduated High School. I try to put at least 3000 rounds a year through it, and just got my best group ever a couple of weeks ago (with my dad no less). 9-shots in a sub half inch hole at 100 yards with aguila 60gr sss, I had to cut that target out and keep it.

February 11, 2012, 08:20 PM
My first "gun" was a Daisy lever action BB gun Grandpa gave me Christmas '91.

My first real gun is my HD gun, a blued Ruger 95DC. I've shot 1,507 rounds through it with no malfunctions.

February 11, 2012, 08:26 PM
A .410 single. was 11 years old, back in "59". In "60" got a 20ga. pump.:D Had a GREAT grandpa!

February 11, 2012, 08:34 PM
My first gun was a Winchester 1200 12 Gauge. I took a hunter safety class as my parents required of me before I got a gun. It was $140, but my father paid for half of it.

February 11, 2012, 08:40 PM
Ruger 10-22, $68.75 brand spankin' new.

February 11, 2012, 09:02 PM
I sort of inherited an old single shot Wards "Westernfield" 22RF in 1957 when I was 12 years old. It had belonged to my Grandfather and was the only remaining gun after my Grandmother gave the rest away. It accounted for my first Cotton-tail rabbit followed by countless others over the years. For the Christmas party at school we always drew names and could only give presents that cost 50 cents or less. A box of 22LR was 47 cents in those days and most of us boys traded drawn names so we got eachother's and then we each ended up with a box of shells. The box usually got us through the Christmas break.............until we got old enough to discover girls and then the "arrangement" ended. It still have the old Westernfield and shoot it once inawhile. Keep shootin'

Onward Allusion
February 11, 2012, 09:31 PM
A bit embarrassed to say, but my first real gun was a FIE Arminius HW7 22LR revolver bought from an Ace Hardware in 1988. Didn't know crap about real firearms from growing up in Chicago. I was pleasantly surprised when I was transferred out to the boonies and they had guns in a freakin' hardware store!!! Still have it and it's still in excellent condition after thousands of rounds through it. Kinda surprised 'cause they're suppose to be pot metal guns.

David G.
February 11, 2012, 09:46 PM
S&W 5904 9mm pistol. Great gun, don't have it though.

February 12, 2012, 12:33 AM
Marlin Model 81 .22s-l-lr tube-fed bolt action. Got it for my 11th birthday. Still have it.

February 12, 2012, 12:51 AM
My first gun was a Winchester 1300 12 gauge. My dad gave it to me for christmas when I was 11. My first gun that I bought was a Glock 21.

Arkansas Paul
February 12, 2012, 01:25 AM
It was an old Winchester single barrel 16-gauge. I was 7 years old when my uncle brought it to the house and gave it to me. I'm the 3rd Paul to have it and I'll have it until there's another Paul in the family to give it to I guess. It's still a good shooter too.

February 12, 2012, 01:27 AM
Given my father's H&R 949 which was the first gun he bought
Bought was Ruger Single Six

February 12, 2012, 01:34 AM
77/22 in 85

February 12, 2012, 01:35 AM
My first gun was a Savage bolt action 22mag I bought from my uncle for $75. My first choice of the guns have had was a remington 5 mm magnum but he would not sell it to me because the amo had been discontinued. Twenty years later I talked hlm lnto giving it to me for my birthday and. I found amo and shot the riffle today for the first time sence owning it. I love both guns.

February 12, 2012, 02:13 AM
my first guns of any kind, I bought both at the same time, two 1851 navies, one full sized traditional blue/case-hardened, the other with a shorter barrel and engraved in stainless, I had known ahead for some time that I wanted an 1851 to be my first, I think Mr. Eastwood might have had something to do with that :) -that and my Grandfather has an original that my parents keep in a safe-deposit box at the bank (since they caught me oiling it as a teen long long ago! :D).

my first cartridge-firing gun was a S&W 5906, I've poured thousands of rounds through that gun and it just keeps on truckin, I love it, and it was given to me by a great person, so I will never part with it.

First modern-firearm-purchase, was a SW1911, high-polished stainless, ltd edition 1 of 231, gorgeous gun, it was love at first sight, was shopping around while waiting for my license to arrive in the mail :)

February 12, 2012, 02:20 AM
A Sears and Roebuck single shot .22 that I bought when I was 11. A couple of years later I bought an Italian 6.5 Carcano for something like $9 out of a barrel at a discount store. Only one round out of ten of the surplus ammo actually fired. It was fun to mess with even it if the ammo sucked. The cold bluing didn't look bad.

February 12, 2012, 03:21 AM
S&W Model 59, in 1983, used from a pawn shop in Downers Grove, TX.

Traded it, plus some cash, to a dealer, for one of the first run of full-length-cylinder .357 Mag SP101 Rugers in, when was it?, '92 or '93. Sometime in the early '90's.

February 12, 2012, 06:49 AM
In November I bought a CZ-75.

February 12, 2012, 08:17 AM
First Gun? Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. First real gun was a Marlin 336C in .35 Rem bought with my own money when I was 15 in 1982 for $169.95. Shot my first deer with it and It remains one of my favorites today.

XD 45acp
February 12, 2012, 08:23 AM
Was a RG 22lr snub nose revolver. OMG, what a pile of trash that was. You had to completely remove the cylinder pin to open the cylinder, then use the pin to poke out the empties. Then one day while out shooting.....Yup, lost the pin. You know, a 8lb sledgehammer isn't kind to a RG revolver.

February 12, 2012, 08:31 AM
Been raised around guns but the first gun I ever bought with my own money was a NIB GP100 when I was 17 from a guy I worked with. He bought the 6" SS and wanted a 4". I still have it.

February 12, 2012, 08:40 AM
the first gun I ever received is my converted k98k,mannlicher stock, double set triggered,chambered for 243. my father bought it for me when I was about 8 years old.

the first gun I ever bought was a Ishipore 1953 NO1 MKIII* .303
after tax and background check I ended up paying just over 100$ for it.

February 12, 2012, 08:55 AM
Remington No. 6 Rolling Block Rifle .22 short, long, and long rifle passed down from grandfather to father to me. I will give it to my son some day. It has been shot countless times and is very accurate. First gun many family members ever shot. Finish has turned to a brown patina and the wood is still pretty good. Good post - many memories.

February 12, 2012, 08:58 AM
S&W Model 18, about 17 years ago.

I traded it later on my second gun, a Colt "Fitz Special" Detective Special (hard chrome, front night sight).

I finally bought another Model 18 just after this past Christmas, and a week later I bought a matching Model 15

February 12, 2012, 09:10 AM
A Ruger 10/22 that my older brother bought me when I graduated high school. Have shot many a squirrel with it, still have it and use it regularly some 35 years later.

February 12, 2012, 09:19 AM
Bought a CZ-82 at a gun show last year. Picked it up, it felt perfect in my hands, had to buy it. Love it so much I'm probably gonna get another.

February 12, 2012, 09:24 AM
When I was 13 my Grandad gave me a Remington Model 1148 28 ga. Still got it, shot my first duck and goose with it.

February 12, 2012, 09:39 AM
My first was a Sears model 42 (A Marlin 80 in disguise, I think), given to me in 1965 for my 10th birthday.
The first I bought was a Dan Wesson 15-2V in the late 70's. Sadly, neither is with me now.

February 12, 2012, 11:44 AM
My first gun I received as a gift for my 12th birthday, a Firearms Intl Bronco 22. My dad went to the store to buy me a pellet rifle and the Bronco was cheaper.......My oldest daughter now owns it.

The first gun I bought for myself was a .303 Enfield No. 4 for $75. The stock had been cut down but it still shot good. Should have kept that one.

February 12, 2012, 12:03 PM
NEF 20 ga single for Christmas when I was 11, still have it but don't really use it, it sits in the back of the safe.. The first gun I bought and paid for with my own money was a Ted Williams 20 ga semi auto with a Polychoke the next year, it was a real piece of junk, promptly let it go and bought a 12 ga 870 that is still in normal rotation as my go to shotgun.

February 12, 2012, 12:40 PM
First gun I ever received was some cheap single shot .410, purchased at walmart. Went through 3 of them before we finally just returned it. It was a Christmas present, it would never eject the shell reliably, typically jamming the shell rim un top the ejector.

After that, as for my very own gun (since that one didn't stay with me), it wasn't until I was able to buy my own 10/22

February 12, 2012, 12:46 PM
Winchester M190 rifle in 22LR. It came from my stepfather after he and I finally convinced my gun-shy mom to allow me to have it. I was eighteen, and an aspiring LEO, so I think she was realizing that there would be a gun in the home eventually if I got such a job before moving out (which I did.)
That was in early 1986. That summer, he died, and his son came around looking for that rifle. It left with him, and was quickly replaced with a Ruger 10/22, which I still own.

February 12, 2012, 01:04 PM
Smith and Wesson Sigma 40VE. I did not have any problems with it until it had about 1,000 rounds through it then with both mags rounds started nose diving into the feed ramp and it was causing FTF. I replaced the mag springs with Wolf +5% power springs and it corrected the ftf issues and I sold the gun and used part of the money down on a Springfield XD 40 4" service stainless bi-tone.

February 12, 2012, 01:39 PM
On New Years Eve this year, wife son and I went to a gun shop around here to just look at the different weapons. I was excited to be going to look at them and so was my son. The place had a great selection and we held 5 or 6 different pistols.

Then the wife said okay we will get the one you like........I was floored. We got the Ruger SR40c and I absolutely love it

February 12, 2012, 01:50 PM
Mine was a H & R Topper model 20 gauge that was worn out with a broken ejector when I got 30+ years ago. I told my naive Mother it was a BB gun so she'd let me have it.:evil:
I shot the rest of the bluing off that thing and still have it in the safe today.

February 12, 2012, 02:17 PM
Ruger MkII Target pistol with 5 1/2" bull barrel.

Steel Horse Rider
February 12, 2012, 02:35 PM
A Remington Model 788 rifle in 6mm Remington in the spring of 1973. Still have it and it shoots just as nice.

Lawyer with a Gun
February 12, 2012, 02:56 PM
I was raised in an anti-gun house, so I didn't get my first gun until about 6 years or so ago.

A friend was cleaning up his house for sale and found a bag that had been unnoticed before in the attic. Inside the bag was a cracked and brittle holster. Through the gaps in the holster, you could barely make out an odd looking gun, with plenty of rust.

His wife hates guns, so he started to throw it away. He thought better of it and asked me to take it home and see what I could do with it.

Over the next couple of days, I was able to clean it up and get the parts moving again. It turned out to be a Luger P08 with matching serial numbers (including magazine), and a 1938 date stamp.

Since his wife didn't want a gun in the house, he sold it to me. I paid him $100, and I still have it.

February 12, 2012, 03:22 PM
The first gun I ever shot was a Winchester 69a with a cutdown stock and Lyman peep sight. I still have it and have restocked it to fit me now. The first gun I ever owned was my grandfather's 20 ga Remington model 11. Still have it, although Grampa pretty much wore it out. The first gun I ever bought was a S&W Model 28 "Highway Patrolman" in 357 that I bought from the late, lamented San Francisco Gun Exchange in 1986. Still have it too in mint condition.

February 12, 2012, 03:59 PM
Mossberg 500 combo in 12 gauge, given to me by my wife (with encouragement from my FIL). Came with a 28" vent rib barrel, and a 24" (IIRC) cylinder bore with rifle sights. I traded the cylinder bore for a 24" rifled barrel with cantilevered scope base, and added an 18.5" cylinder bore. Yes, I still have it and hunt with it regularly.

February 12, 2012, 07:21 PM
I was given a Savage 24s-e in .22LR/.410 as a first birthday present by an uncle. The gun itself is quite a bit older vintage than me, by about 25 years, serial number/letter stamp puts it at '59 far as I can tell.

The first gun I purchased with my own hard earned cash was a 1936 barreled Mosin Nagant 91/30. Have never owned a "new" firearm.

February 12, 2012, 07:40 PM
First handgun--357 Colt Trooper
First rifle--243Win Rem 700BDL
First shotgun--870 20 gauge with English style stock

February 12, 2012, 08:10 PM
S&W 642, still have it. It's my favorite EDC.

Ed Wagner
February 12, 2012, 08:50 PM
Might be dating myself .but, the first gun I bought myself and actually owned
was a Hi-Standard Duramatic .22 brand new for $30 or less tax and all, at a gun shop. Local hardware and local farmer co-op gas station/garage only sold rifles , shotguns and ammo. A new 870 12 ga. plain barrel was $49 at the co-op
a Model 12 Win was $69, ( dad bought an 870 , I still have it, he thought $69 for a pump gun was crazy, a good double barrel, maybe.

February 12, 2012, 09:18 PM
Glenfield Model 25 I got for my 12th birthday, 41 years ago. Yes I still have it.

Deus Machina
February 13, 2012, 12:14 AM
My first gun was a S&W 469. 2nd-gen compact alloy-framed, hammer-fired S&W auto. Loved the gun for what it was; it would shoot rocks if you could load them in the magazine.

It shot low and inconstant in the horizontal, for me. Not sure if it was worn at lockup or if it was just the fat grips in my medium-glove-sized hands. Sold it for my CZ, which is as accurate as I can point it (decreasingly well across the day. :P )

The first gun I received--and it feels like the first one I owned--is my Ruger Mark 3 22/45. Dad gave it to me for my 23rd birthday, after I've already had several guns, but no .22 handguns.

February 13, 2012, 01:03 AM
My first gun was a Browning 12 ga. Upland special pump. I was 19 and my friends from college were going to the pit to shoot. Having no gun and no background we went up to the Kittery Trading Post so I could have something of my own to shoot for the day.

Great day and still have it. There was an old iron pipe about 8" dia. sticking out from the side of the pit wall. From some 100 yards away we were taking shots with 3" magmum slugs. I hit it a couple of times and upon inspection saw that it went through both sides! The power of that obviously made an impression that has lasted to this day.

February 13, 2012, 10:04 AM
My first gun was a Remington 514 single shot .22 I inherited from my older brother when he bought a JC Higgins pump .22. I was 8 years old at the time.

February 13, 2012, 05:48 PM
Marlin 39a from my Dad for my 15th birthday in 1957. Still an excellent rifle, and my grandson got to shoot it recently.

February 13, 2012, 05:59 PM
First was Ruger 10/22, which seems popular. Gift from my dad at 11yo. I still have it 18 years later

February 13, 2012, 06:23 PM
Ruger P345 in 2009. I passed 60 years before purchasing. Now I'm making up for lost time and try to shoot at least 100 rounds a month. My second is a Mosin-Nagant my son bought me for my birthday. My third is a Beretta Neos. Thats all at this point but I'm trying to get my wife to join me in shooting and will let her decide what she likes. I'll start her out on the Beretta and work up from there.

Armchair Bronco
February 13, 2012, 06:47 PM
My first gun was this Krag .30-40 Carbine that I inherited from my Granddad back in the 1990's. He bought it from the Gubmint in the early 1930's (from the precursor of today's CMP).

He sporterized the stock like a lot of craftsmen of that period. The stock is apparently a rare original carbine stock.

Buttstock & Receiver


Barrel & Forearm


Original Carbine Stock w/ Patch


Springfield Armory 1898 Stamp


Trap Door


February 13, 2012, 07:25 PM
My gun "firsts":

First gun: NEF Pardner 20ga shotgun (8 years old)
First gun I purchased myself: Savage 110 .30-06 (21 years old)
First handgun: Ruger P95 (22 years old)

I still own all 3 of those :).

February 13, 2012, 07:45 PM
NEF Single shot 20 ga. Got it for my 8th birthday.

Still shoot it every once in a while, but my Beretta is much easier on my shoulder.

February 13, 2012, 07:57 PM
My first ever was a Winchester 1300 shotgun. The vent rib on the barrel was warped. I took dozens if not hundreds of dove with that gun.

February 13, 2012, 08:29 PM
13 years ago, based on reading the books of Dick Marcinko, I bought a USP .40. Still have it, still carry it everyday.

Blue Hill
February 13, 2012, 08:34 PM
First gun was a Daisy pump model BB gun for Christmas around 1963 when I was around 8. Bought my first real guns when I was 12. Got two 22's for 5 bucks. A single shot and a repeater. The repeater would shoot around corners, it was that bad. Never did figure it out. I still have the single shot and it remains the ugliest gun I've ever seen. The stock is terribly beat up and the metal isn't much to look at, but the old girl is still a tack driver. We shot thousands of rounds through that gun when I was growing up and I still shoot it occasionally. I gave my son his first gun when he graduated from high school. It was a Ruger 10/22. I bought a Henry Mini-Bolt for my grandaughter to use a couple of years back so that I could teach her the safe way to use firearms. Good Times.

February 13, 2012, 08:44 PM
My first was a Remington 1100 12Ga. I still regret selling it.

February 13, 2012, 11:02 PM
My first gun that I bought was a raven arms p-25, got it for $60 when I was 19. It was fun for what it was, wish I still had it.

February 13, 2012, 11:41 PM
My 357 sw k frame ser# 04748. Can anyone give me information on this gun I would like to know the manufacture date.

February 14, 2012, 12:54 AM
Beretta model 96. Ended up selling it and buying a Glock 23.

February 14, 2012, 01:01 AM
This thread needs pics.
Good ol' Mossberg 500. Didn't come from a firearm bearing family so I had to establish that tradition myself. Just had a little one and will have to decide between semi, lever or bolt action .22 for his first :D


February 14, 2012, 10:42 AM
A Savage Model 20-V over-under, .22 over 20 gauge. I still have it and I still shoot it, though its not a very good gun.

Dad wanted to get me a squirrel/rabbit gun and found it used in the newspaper when I was 11 (1982). I remember shooting a beer bottle with the .22 in some guys back yard before Dad paid $75 for it. It shoots great, but I've had the hammer mounted selector switch repaired 3 times and the plastic trigger guard replaced once. I finally gave up and took the torch and a grinder and made a steel trigger guard for it out of a gate hinge.

My kids shoot it, but the narrow straight drop stock makes 20 gauge kicks like a mule.

February 14, 2012, 12:12 PM
Mine was a CZ52, traded it for A Chinese SKS. Sold the SKS for 350 bucks. Took the 350 and used it to move across the country. Now I'm back up to 3 guns but I'm seriously considering getting a part time job to supplemement a gun slush fund.

February 14, 2012, 12:54 PM
Sig P232 Stainless, bought it used for $200 a few years back. It's been a sweet gun but unfortunately hard times are forcing me to sell it in a couple weeks.

February 14, 2012, 03:06 PM
First received would be my Marlin Model 80.
First bought would be my K31.

February 14, 2012, 03:14 PM
Harrington and Richardson single shot 410 gauge shotgun. Sorta still have it, it's at my brothers house and his son uses it. Got it when I was 11 years for Christmas back in 1977....... Still had some of the ammo for it that I just shot last year.... both shot and slugs. Brought back alot of good memories.....

Steve C
February 14, 2012, 03:25 PM
My first gun was a Daisy lever action BB gun I bought with my paper rout money when I was 10. First real gun was a Browning T-bolt .22 that my dad gave me for Christmas when I was 13. Still have the Browning.

captain awesome
February 14, 2012, 03:38 PM
Ruger 10/22. it was as accurate as can be stock, then I foolishly messed with it and gave it a custom stock and barrel and it wasn't as accurate any more.:banghead: so I sold it. Lesson learned.

February 14, 2012, 03:42 PM
SIG P229 9mm, back in 1998. Bought it myself, still have it, still my favorite 9mm. Everything else I own has been a fruit of that tree.

February 14, 2012, 03:44 PM
My Red Ryder in 1947.:)

February 14, 2012, 06:27 PM
A Savage Model 24 22RL/ 410 o/u, for my 5th birthday in 1956. Still have it to this date.:D

February 14, 2012, 06:53 PM
Christmas 1955. I was such a gun nut by the time I was 5 that my grandparents gave me a BB rifle with a wire wall rack that held the rifle and the red metal cleaning kit.

I still have the kit with the glass bottles of bluing, oil and such, but the gun wore out 30 years ago.


February 14, 2012, 06:56 PM
Oh come on. This one is in much better condition than mine with its sealed bottles and nearly perfect paint, but $92 for a Daisy cleaning kit?


February 14, 2012, 07:09 PM
my first--high standard 22 pistol. don't recall actual model--think it was some sort of military model. remember paying 85 for it brand new. that was 40yrs. ago. :D

February 14, 2012, 07:12 PM
I just got my first this week. A sporterized 03a3 from my grandfather, and a ruger 10/22 with the BSA sweet 22 scope.

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Romeo 33 Delta
February 14, 2012, 07:17 PM
Marlin 81DL that I got for my 10th Christmas. I still have it 67 years later and it still shoots like a dream ... and I think of my Dad every time I shoot it or see it in my gun rack. Thanks, Pop! Love 'ya!

February 14, 2012, 07:28 PM
I got a Marlin model 99 22lr in about 1964, although I wasn't allowed to keep it in my room until I turned 16. It's been on countless camping and fishing trips with me on the back of a dirt bike, been rained on numerous times, been treated a little rough sometimes, but I always cleaned it good when I got it home. Still shoots as good as it did the day it was new. I wish I had a nickel for every round I've shot through that thing over the years.

February 14, 2012, 07:36 PM
NEF Pardner 20 gauge was my first. I still have it, although it has some very small pitting on the surface from being stored in the garage.

February 14, 2012, 07:52 PM
My first was a Stevens 311 C 20 ga. SxS .I bought it with the cash I earned on my first trap line when I was 12 . I think the grand total for the shotgun & 2 boxes of ammo was $78 at the local J.C. Penny's store.

February 15, 2012, 12:39 AM
Air Powered: Crossman 2200 Magnum .22cal rifle

Purchased: Springfield Armory Stainless Loaded 1911 .45 ACP

Inherited: 1961 Vincenzo Bernardelli Monocanna Pieghevole 12ga. Break Action shotgun (Dad's gun)

I still have them all and hopefully always will.

February 15, 2012, 04:18 AM
My First at age 12 was a Winchester 410 Gauge SB Shotgun and I still have it.

February 15, 2012, 06:43 AM
If you consider a BB Pellet gun I got a Daisy 880 10 pump.My first "Gun"was a remington 22 pump I still have it and it is very accurate with a Urntel 4x scope on it.I noticed that the new Daisy 880's are plastic junk,I got one for my son yrs. ago and is nothing like mine was, talk about quality going down the tube's.

February 15, 2012, 07:24 AM
A bolt action Harrington and Richardson .22 rifle that I received from my folks for Christmas around 45 years ago when I was 12 or 13. I still have it and still shoot it regularly.

February 15, 2012, 11:30 AM
A Thompson Center muzzle loader in .32 caliber. Gift from my Dad on my 13th birthday. Still have it. It's a pretty mean little squirrel killer.


February 15, 2012, 11:31 AM
I think I was seven or eight years old (1994ish) when I got my first pellet gun for Christmas, a Crossman Powermaster. Then a few months later my dad suprised me one day when he brought home a Glenfield Model 75 .22lr. It had a 4x32 scope on it already from the pervious owner. Its seen countless rounds and many range days with either my dad or grandpa. I still have it and plan on passing it on to my kids if I ever have them.

February 16, 2012, 11:44 AM
An astra constable in .380 cal and like it. The price was good too

February 16, 2012, 06:08 PM
My Dad gave me a Stevens Model 311 12ga SXS so I could Quail hunt with him when I was 12. I still have it and it's 50 years old this year. The first firearm I ever bought was a Remington Model 700 30.06 for Deer hunting and I still have it.

February 16, 2012, 10:14 PM
My Grandma gave me an old Harrington and Richardson .22 that had been my grandpas before he passed on. It's seen some shooting, but not much, it's more of an heirloom.

February 16, 2012, 10:41 PM
10/22! Beats the pants off of my buddies Savage 64!

February 17, 2012, 11:03 AM
My Series 70 Government Model 1911 that I purchased as a freshly commissioned Marine 2ndLt. Like a good marriage;still got it 'till death do us part ....and even then it'll go to my Lt. first born.

Joe Link
February 17, 2012, 11:34 AM
Mine was a Bersa Thunder .380, purchased on my 21st birthday based on advice received here on THR. It was a great gun but I was convinced I needed a Sig Sauer so I sold it. I'd definitely purchase another one.

February 17, 2012, 08:13 PM
SIG was my older brother's first pistol, but that price !WOW!

February 17, 2012, 09:44 PM
My folks didn't like guns. But they did tell me that I could get one when I was old enough to legally buy one myself, and I'd have to pay for it on my own. So, they day after my 18th birthday, I went out and bought a NIB Ruger Mini-14 for $175. It was on sale, but the regular price was only about $20 more. Keep in mind that this was 1985. Still have it, but I wish I'd splurged for the factory folder. My first handgun was a used Sig 2340, bought it while i was in the LE Academy in NY. Still have it. BTW my mom still hates guns.

February 17, 2012, 10:47 PM
Mine was a Winchester 9422. Dad gave it to me for Christmas in 1979. I still have it and the card he gave me that year. I lost Dad the day after Christmas in 2010 but still have his love of fine firearms. Just last Sunday I bought my 12th Winchester Model 12. The Model 12 was always Dad's favorite shotgun and about 2 months ago I found one made in 1946 the same year Dad was born so I had to add it to the collection.;)

February 17, 2012, 11:16 PM
Mossberg 352K from Dad in 1958 ..a 22 semi with a folding front forearm. It was burgled in 2004, then recovered by someone looking for wilf asparagus, after 17 months under some shrubs.

February 17, 2012, 11:32 PM
I turned 21 in 1994 and I knew what I wanted. Glocks were still coming into their own and I had been a fan for a while. The weekend after I got my foid card I purchased a Gen 2 22. I think the price was in the $700's and the extra mag ran about another $100. That was right around the Clinton ban and I paid a premium. I still have it and with my limited shooting almost looks new.

February 18, 2012, 01:02 AM
My parents bought me an mosin nagent for christmas when I was right my first firearm and I still own it

February 18, 2012, 01:06 AM
Mossberg 500, long since sold off. Fun gun!

February 18, 2012, 04:39 AM
My first gun was a Ruger 10/22. The stock was kinda beat up but the rest was really nice. I bought it for $75 at a pawn shop, reshaped and refinished the stock, and will never, ever let it get away!

February 18, 2012, 04:55 AM
Winchester Model 67

Bought (Used) for me by my Grandfather in 1959!
With the finger groove stock & chrome trigger, so, made before late 1935 when Winchester eliminated the finger grooves.
It's a miracle that I've held onto it for so long, and It's not going anywhere!

February 18, 2012, 06:12 AM
CZ52, dad got it for me when I was 14. Should have got the 9mm barrle when he was going to buy it for me.

February 18, 2012, 06:31 AM
CZ52, dad got it for me when I was 14. Your Dad Rocks! I was still trying to get my folks to let me get a BB gun at that age.

February 18, 2012, 06:37 AM
Aug 1972, stationed at Keesler AFB, MS. Me and the bride bought a Sterling .25 auto, and 40 years later she's buying me guns for my b'day and Christmas. What a gal!:D

February 18, 2012, 06:47 AM
My first ever gun purchase was an F.I.E., single shot, 12 gauge shotgun. I bought it at Woolworth's for $49.95, this was way back in 1975.

The Lone Haranguer
February 18, 2012, 06:53 AM
Ruger Security-Six, c. 1983 or '84, from Montgomery Ward, no less.

I no longer have it; it was stolen in 1990. :mad:

February 18, 2012, 08:09 AM
Your Dad Rocks! I was still trying to get my folks to let me get a BB gun at that age.
My son is now two weeks old and his grandfather got him a mosin before he was born.

February 18, 2012, 08:16 AM
Age 5, a daisy BB gun for Christmas. Next morning, I put a BB through the neighbors window from the back porch.

Age 8, a H&R 410. First time out in the field, after two practice shots. I shot a rooster.

February 18, 2012, 02:11 PM
On my 21st birthday I bought a SW model 28 6". $121.97 I carried it as my duty weapon for several years.

Buzzard II
February 18, 2012, 02:40 PM
High Standard 12 Ga Flight King Deluxe. What a P.O.S.! Last time I listen to that cousins' recommendations! Traded it off and bought an Ithaca Model 37 ,12GA. Still have the Ithaca model 37 today. That was in the early 1970s'. Not counting the Daisy BB gun from the 1950s'.

February 18, 2012, 07:14 PM
Either the Winchester Texas Ranger commemorative that my father bought for me when I was born or the Stevens 311 in .410 that I got for Christmas when I was seven. Or maybe I was eight? Something like that.


February 18, 2012, 08:33 PM
Ithica 20 ga. double. 1948. Great grouse gun.

February 18, 2012, 08:49 PM
My Uncle gave me a Winchester Model 42 for my 9th birthday (1964). Probably 50,000 sparrows met their maker via that gun. I see they are going for about $1100 now. Wouldn't think of parting with it.


February 18, 2012, 09:15 PM
Westernfield 5 shot bolt action .410 that I received for my birthday 46 years ago. I love to shoot it and it still looks great.

February 18, 2012, 10:59 PM
First gun was a AMT380. It was stolen over 20 years ago and I never had an urge to buy another until recently. The first recent purchase was a S&W642. Then the bug bit, and I have bought a SR9C, P22, and a LCP. Have a few more in my sights, also!

February 18, 2012, 11:45 PM
I was in Jr High, my Dad got me a Marlin 99-M-2. Had lots of fun with it, and just reaquired a M-1 version to remember the fun.

February 18, 2012, 11:58 PM
Crosman 140, then an old friend of my Dad asked me to take care of a rifle (1890 Winchester WRF) 'until I see you next' he died a few days later, then a Marlin 55 bolt action 20 Ga. I still have them all.

February 19, 2012, 01:15 AM
First gun was a Stevens Model 34 bolt-action .22, given to me by my parents for my 12th birthday in 1968, and I still have it. And it still shoots like a dream. Great for those lazy days of range shooting at 100 yards for practically nothing. Total relaxation.

February 19, 2012, 10:32 AM
As a teen I had owned a couple of quality pellet rifles and a reproduction Hawken-style muzzle loader , but the first modern firearm I ever owned was a first generation Glock 17. I've still got the gun, although I really need to get the original night-sights replaced, as the tritium has long since lost its luminescence.

February 19, 2012, 11:09 AM
Remington Modle 514,single shot .22 rifle.A gift from my mother for my 16th birthday.As I remember she said it cost 29 .00 brand new.We were so poor she had to make payments on it.I still own it today after over 50 years and is my most prizes rifle of all. biker

February 19, 2012, 11:30 AM
A Chipmunk .22 when I was 5 years old, followed by a Browning BL-22 with a shortened stock when I was 8. Lots of good memories with those two guns.

February 19, 2012, 11:31 AM
The first gun I ever bought and owned was a Heritage Rough Rider target model. It has seen well over 10000.22lr and about 400 22mags and not missed a beat. Not the prettiest pistol out there but definatley a shooter. I would never get rid of it.

February 19, 2012, 09:40 PM
Remington Modle 514,single shot .22 rifle.
That was the first rifle I bought with my own money. $22 in about 1963.

February 20, 2012, 10:37 AM
Well my baby brother just received has first .22 ruger 10/22 yesterday

Walther P99
February 20, 2012, 05:29 PM
First gun for me I bought (at a gun show, I think) was a SIG P230, good gun but I sold and put $$$ towards an HK P7.

February 20, 2012, 06:41 PM
My first gun was a Remington 121 purchased by my Dad in 1948 and I was 12
I was just cleaning it yesterday and it has two small notches behind the butt stock pistol grip for my two first squirrels like my Western Heroes always did.
The first gun "I" bought was a Colt Woodsman Match Target which I love to shoot

February 21, 2012, 05:02 PM
First gun given to me by my father in 1964 was an old Hoban .22 boys rifle.
They kinda looked like a small Mauser replica with the bolt action and front band to hold on the fore piece.

Still in the back of the gun cabinet.

February 21, 2012, 11:27 PM
Remington Nylon 11 .22, the bolt action clip fed version of the Nylon 66. I got it for Christmas in either 1961 or 1962, and yes, I still have it. I may catch it for calling it a "clip", but that's what we called them then, and that's what I call that particular magazine now.

February 22, 2012, 10:57 AM
My first gun was an Ithaca M-49 single shot. Still have it, but the extractor broke and I need to fix it.

February 22, 2012, 11:05 AM
My fathers first gun was a .410 HR single shot and the same gun was under the christmas tree with my name on it 44 years ago. I still have it of course.

February 23, 2012, 04:20 AM
I mean 10/22 carbine

February 23, 2012, 04:45 AM
Remington 742 30-06 when I was seventeen and stuck with 30-06's ever since.

Phantom Captain
February 23, 2012, 08:14 AM
The first guns I ever shot were blackpowder rifles and pistols as my Dad was a huge BP guy, buckskinner and hunter. I learned and was weaned on BP and it is now one of my main hobbies too. All those early guns I now own of course as well as my own additions.

For my 12th or 13th bday (30 years ago already), can't remember which, my Dad bought me a Ruger 10/22. I absolutely loved it and still do. Of course, I still have it and would NEVER get rid of it. That little rifle has been everywhere, shot so many rounds and still to this day works great. Its got tons of sentimental value. I love it. In addition I also own my Dad's Remington Nylon 66. It's highly sentimental also and actually a really cool rifle unto itself.

First pistol I bought with my own money was an FEG .380. Sold that ages ago as I shot more and learned more about handguns.

First modern rifle I bought with my own money was a Norinco SKS that I purchased back in oh '90-'91 or so? I paid $69 for it with all the accessories. I still have it and still love it. It's another one I'd never sell. It's funny seeing them sell for around $350-$400 now.

Suburban Redneck
February 23, 2012, 08:06 PM
first firearm? Springfield model 1899 carbine. A great old rifle, still have it (and probably every .30-40 Krag case I ever fired through it) I still remember the old-timer at the bench next to me at the range telling me, 'boy save your brass, there'll come a time when those rounds will be hard to get'. 25yrs later I was asking my LGS to keep 2 boxes on the shelf for me since I couldn't find them anywhere. It's what got me into reloading.

February 25, 2012, 11:31 AM
QUATE:I still remember the old-timer at the bench next to me at the range telling me, 'boy save your brass----GOOD CHOICE,THEY ARE HARD TO FIND

February 26, 2012, 08:10 AM
A friend almost brought a 9mm hi-point (wow, thats a big heavy pistol) but went for the ruger 9 for his frist pistol

February 26, 2012, 09:03 AM
First gun received was a Savage model 24 over-under 22/20 gauge as a Christmas present in 7th grade. I still have it.

Second gun received was a Glenfield model 60 22 auto as a birthday present. It was stolen in 1991-may they burn in hell!

First gun I bought depends of whether straw man purchases count? I paid for a gorgeous new S&W model 19 in 1981, but my Dad actually bought it because I was a senior in HS and not yet 21. I still have it and it's still beautiful. It's easily the most accurate revolver I've ever owned.

The first gun I filled out a 4473 form for was a Winchester 1200 shotgun which I just never learned to love and traded for a Browning BPS some years later at a gun show.

February 26, 2012, 05:50 PM
At age 12 my first gun was purchased for me by my dad. A used Stevens model 22-410 over under for $24. At 60 years old, I still have it. It has always been a great squirrel gun for me. My son shot his first squirrel with it and waiting for my grandchildren to get their chance.

March 31, 2012, 08:09 AM
at age 12 my first gun was purchased for me by my dad. A used stevens model 22-410 over under for $24. At 60 years old, i still have it. It has always been a great squirrel gun for me. My son shot his first squirrel with it and waiting for my grandchildren to get their chance.

i've seen this one--nice

Auf Grosser Fahrt
March 31, 2012, 01:39 PM
1976. I was 19. A friend was recently married and, naturally, needed money. His mom came to me and told me their situation and would I be interested in buying this gun from him. What could I say?

So I've had this really nice Ruger New Model Blackhawk (with vent rib, mind you! haha) in my nightstand for 36 years. I'm guessing I've run 500 to a thousand rounds through it, maybe.

I did have to add stag grips to it a few years after I got it, 'cause, you know, Matt Dillon and Dan Troop had 'em! :o

MAJ Mike
March 31, 2012, 02:06 PM
Mine was/is a M1911A1 bought 41 years ago. I will never sell the beloved M1911A1.

March 31, 2012, 03:18 PM
Ruger 10/22, 1982. Still have it, somewhere. Left it a home when I went in the service, and my father keeps forgetting to bring it out to the left coast with him when he visits, which isn't that often.

March 31, 2012, 03:21 PM
Remington 870 20 gauge when I was 11 or 12 for Christmas

March 31, 2012, 04:40 PM
I still have it in my gun case. I was 12 or there about, it needs work but it is still a shooter and I love it.

March 31, 2012, 05:04 PM
Colt AR15 HBar. Still have it and it is one of my favorites.

April 2, 2012, 09:14 AM
Ruger Bearcat. I bought it when I was 10 or so for $31.95, brand new in the box. Still have it, still take it to the range from time to time, and still highly recommend it to new shooters.

April 4, 2012, 09:45 PM
In 1963 I bought 2 rifles a couple of months a part. A Marlin 39-A and a model 43 WIN 218 BEE. Still have both of them and I still hunt with both of them quite often. They are like old friends and I have carried them maney miles and have always been very proud of them. I enjoy taking them for walks in the woods But now my walks are not as often and not quite as far. GOOD LUCK TO YOU: ken

April 4, 2012, 10:00 PM
My father treated firearms as tools. Hence, if I wanted to borrow a tool it was there to be used. 30-30, model 12, .22 bolt, were there to be used. First gun puchased, S&W mod 28 highway patrol 6 inch, from Montgomery Ward. I have been an NRA instuctor since 1974 and I have long since lost count of the students who have shot their first groups with that model 28, or that .22 rifle. I still have all of the above.

4v50 Gary
April 5, 2012, 08:20 PM
First thing that shoots that I bought was a Crossman 760 BB gun. Many pigeons fell prey to it and it's still with me. First firearm was a Rem 700 BDL left hand in 30-06. Still have that too.

April 6, 2012, 08:12 AM
The first gun I received was a Benjamin Air rifle that my great grandfather gave me. It won't be long an I will be passing it down to my son. The first gun I purchased for myself was a Parker-Hale Safari Deluxe (30-06).

April 13, 2012, 06:06 PM
In 1968, I inherited my dad's Win Model 62A .22 and still have it. Love it. Second gun was one I bought in 1970, a Ruger Single-Six .22 (for $55), and still have that. Then same year, I bought an original Win Mod 97 riot gun (for $97) but had to sell that 10 years later because I needed the $$.

April 13, 2012, 07:48 PM
My father's uncle gave me a Winchester model 1906 .22 rifle when I was ten. It was made in 1910, an early 'Standard' with the smooth forearm.

Don't know its history past my great uncle, but I still have it, and it will stay in the family.

April 13, 2012, 08:25 PM
That would be my model 1890 Winchester that my father gave me...........

April 13, 2012, 11:08 PM
My first gun was a Savage/Stephens 20 gauge break action single. I was maybe 12 and it was a Christmas present. First gun I ever bought would be a Chinese SKS carbine. I still have the SKS; the shotgun went to my little brother when I left for college.

April 13, 2012, 11:16 PM
My first was my Marlin Model 60. My dad gave it to me when I was about 8 and I still have it. I'll be passing it on to my kids or grandkids someday, though I think they will get a bolt action first.

April 14, 2012, 11:33 AM
My first gun of my own was a Taurus .357 revolver. The gentleman that taught me to shoot handguns always stated that "you learned to be proficient with a revolver before you pick up a semi-auto."
I know it did teach me skills that I would not have learned had I started with a semi-auto. However after just over a year, and countless rounds, I traded it in on my first 1911. That was back in 1989, and I've had at least one 1911 ever since.

April 14, 2012, 12:41 PM
My father bought a Ruger Bearcat to teach me to shoot on when I was 6. Just right for small hands and wide eyes! Remington Model 7 in .243 followed the next year. I'm so thankful for these memories with him, and we still go shooting whenever we get together. I plan to do the same thing with my kids and can only hope that they will value that experience too.
I still have both the Bearcat and the Model 7, and will teach my kids on them too...might go for a .22 rifle first though, that light .243 gave me a flinch that took a few years to cure!

April 14, 2012, 02:28 PM
Savage Model 3 .22Short-.22Long-.22LR

Still have it.

April 15, 2012, 06:02 PM
my winchester 1890 bought by my dad for me in 1965. wow!!! love that gun.

April 15, 2012, 10:04 PM
Beretta 92. I sold it, and bought another Beretta 92.I know I know its a sickness. I fell in love with them in the military. I was in the Navy so we didnt get to play with guns much. I still love them.

PBR Streetgang
April 15, 2012, 10:04 PM
Had a old Daisey pump BB gun at 6 and my Dad bought me a H&R Topper .410 single shot hammer gun at 10. 48 years later it's still one of my most treasured possessions along with the memories of hunting with my Dad and uncles........

April 16, 2012, 10:47 PM
My Dad got me a Stevens single shot 20 ga for Christmas, then a Marlin 99-M2. I recently reaquired a 99 M-1 and I am looking at a H&R 20 ga tamer. It's going full circle.;)

April 18, 2012, 03:54 AM
I was 12, my brother was 14 and my other brother was 16. We each pitched in $25 for a Marlin Model 60 at a garage sale. When each of my brothers left home, I 'bought out' their shares. 3 years ago I gave it to my sister on her 18th birthday. She still has it. First I ever purchased on my own was a Winchester Model 94 Classic with octagonal barrel, gold plated cartridge door and scroll work around the receiver. I still have it. It will someday become my son's.

OPM Inc.
April 18, 2012, 04:06 PM
Remington 870 and s&w 910s. The 870 is rusted and in pieces. The 910s is collecting dust with maybe a couple of hundred rounds through it.
This account has been collecting dust as well.
"You last visited: October 18, 2009 at 08:11 AM "

ol' scratch
April 18, 2012, 06:15 PM
First gun received- .410 shotgun by American Arms. It is a single shot and was given to me by my dad on my 12th birthday. The first gun I purchased was an M91/30 Mosin Nagant. I destroyed it when I didn't clean it after shooting a bunch of corrosive ammo through it. Live and learn.

April 18, 2012, 08:51 PM
A Belgium-built Browning Sweet Sixteen from my grandfather. That is, if I don't count the 3-4 pellet rifles and BB guns that I had prior to obtaining what is, and will forever be, my favorite gun; the Browning.

April 18, 2012, 09:04 PM
My first gun other than a pellet rifle was a Mossberg 500. No frills, no special grips, stocks or magazine tubes.

I traded it with my Officer buddy for his first rifle. A plain old SKS.

Mainly on a whim, really. He was looking for something more substantial than his 20 gauge and we realized I had been lusting after a rifle with cheap ammo for a while and well ... we just kinda handed over.

April 18, 2012, 09:23 PM
My first real gun was NEF Pardner .410 my Dad gave me for my 12th birthday. It's still gets to bag a tree rat or rabbit now and then but spends most of it's time in my safe. The first gun I purchased myself was a S&W SW99 .45 acp as a 21st birthday present to myself, 5k plus rounds later I traded it straight up for an XDsc .40cal.

April 24, 2012, 03:40 PM
First gun - Stevens Model 26 Crackshot. Grandpa traded raspberries for it during the depression. Dad lost it in the river and dove until he found it. Then it was mine and now my son's. It took a thousand coon survived a bulged barrel when a bullet fired on primer only followed by another with the originals stuck in the barrel. Replaced the extractor twice, the roller once. Shot it last year just for old times sake and then put it back on the wall.

April 24, 2012, 09:24 PM
A 1948 marlin 336r.c. 30-30 that my great grandpa bought new, shot less than 5 rounds through and was eventually handed down to me when i was 14 (dad and grandpa dont hunt) and to this day still has less than 2 boxes of ammo through it. My son is due in September (first kid) and I'm going to pass it right down the line to him at the right age for a first deer rifle.

April 25, 2012, 06:16 AM
My first gun was a Ruger 10/22 in 1974. I was 18 years old and I still have it. You can do the math, lol.

April 25, 2012, 10:26 AM
my first gun was a mossberg 500 combo with a 28" ribbed barrel, and a 24" rifled barrel with scope mount on the day of my 18th birthday from the fiance now wife. shortly after for Christmas that year i was gifted a savage mk II .22lr from the old man. then i turned around and got my first bought a marlin model 60 .22lr. then i bought my first handgun at a local gunshow a few months after my 19th birthday a RIA 1911 in 9mm. :D needless to say its been just over a year and a half and i have managed to somehow get 4 and still searching for more. and yes i still have them all lol.

April 25, 2012, 10:29 AM
My mom bought me a 20 gauge Remington youth single shot break open when I was 12 and ready to start deer hunting. I chose the 20 gauge instead of a 12 because I was worried about the kick :) (I tree stand hunted and didn't want to fall out).

I still have it and hope to pass it down to my kids some day (when I have kids).

April 25, 2012, 08:28 PM
My first firearm was a self purchased 9 shot 22LR H&R revolver. The year was 1966. In 1971 I got my first permit to carry concealed.

April 25, 2012, 08:33 PM
First gun was a gift, 20ga 870 Rem. Express Magnum, youth model. I sold it to a buddy who has a small wife, with the option to buy it back if he should ever not want it. I bought it back because I want my kid to have it.

First bought gun was a Para-Ordnance double stack "1911." What a piece, sold it and never looked back.

April 26, 2012, 09:53 AM
Ruger 10/22

April 26, 2012, 10:47 AM
1st gun i bought was a mossburg 500 slug gun the day i turned 18:D the day i turned 21 i bought a ss ruger redhawk 44mag 7 1/2'' barrel:cool: an i still have them.

April 26, 2012, 10:53 AM
...first was a semi-auto thompson sub in 45acp which I sold in 1977.

May 19, 2012, 11:18 AM
Was that a straight or a round mag

May 19, 2012, 04:56 PM
First gun my father give me when I was 10. It was a Win. model 37 in .410ga.
And I don't have It anymore sorry to say.

Texan Scott
May 19, 2012, 06:20 PM
Ruger 10/22. Stainless over hardwood, and beautiful. Purchased at the Wal-mart in Kerrville, TX (which was the nearest 'big city'- over 20,000 people, less than an hour away!). I loved that gun. I miss that gun. After a new pig rifle, that has to be my next purchase, now. I need one. My wife will blame YOU.:neener:

May 20, 2012, 02:45 AM
Glock 26. 3rd gen.

Purchased new by me in 2005. It is currently my primary carry gun.

May 20, 2012, 02:52 AM
1) Sheridan Blue Streak - gift from my father
2) Winchester .22 rifle - gift from my father

Purchased by me:

HK P7M8 in 1985

May 20, 2012, 03:59 AM
The first gun ever given to me was a .22lr revolver SAO when I was six. It was sold when I was 12 and my mom decided to drag my family to the UK. The first gun I bought when I got back to the USA when I was 23 was a gen3 Glock 26. I still have it today.

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October 12, 2014, 08:40 AM
I don't know why glocks are so popular

October 12, 2014, 08:50 AM
I don't know why glocks are so popular

Reliable, durable, inexpensive, simple, affordable & plentiful mags and accessories...they are extraordinarily popular for good reason

October 12, 2014, 09:41 AM
not to get off topic but good point

October 12, 2014, 11:37 AM
A Smith&Wesson SW9VE. Yeah, a Sigma Swock.

I sold that gun at a loss and frankly I couldn't have been rid of it fast enough. Its replacement was a Sig Sauer P6. It's like going from a Yugo to a Mercedes-Benz.

October 13, 2014, 07:47 AM
It was a 410 shotgun, bolt action with screw on chokes, it was sold to my uncle for his boys I used the money to buy a used Ruger 22 pistol when I was 8. My son now has the 22 Ruger and its still going strong, that was over 50 years ago.

October 13, 2014, 08:11 AM
My first gun was a Old Topper Break Open shotty in 12 Gauge with a full choke. Took it on my first squirrel hunt the next year. Warn't much left of my first squirrel and that is why I switched to a .22 the next year.

October 13, 2014, 08:30 AM
A savage model 64 complete with thumb buster mags (also wicked 2 year old necro)

Zach S
October 13, 2014, 10:30 PM
I still have mine. It was a piece of crap AMT Hardballer that I got for $200...

I ended up robbing parts off of it, gave the top end away, etc, until the only AMT parts left were the frame, and trigger...

So, I did the only logical thing to do with a spare frame... Rebuild it. The lower half is a mix of take-off and new parts, the upper was a fixed sight Ciener. I had the hidden bomar installed by a local smith, first one he did in a Ciener. To get the sight as low as possible, he made the first cut several times. Mill, look, repeat. When he started to break through the FP channel, he finished the cut. Despite this, I discovered that I needed a taller front sight, I had him mill a Novak dovetail and install a blank (.295" tall) front. Since this pic was taken, I've installed an EGW plunger tube/thumb shield and Wilson Gold Cup trigger.


Due to the scarcity of .22lr, its back in project mode at the moment... I didn't like the way the EGW plunger tube/thumb shield attached, so I'm making another out of steel that mounts with screws. I've got it roughed out, just need to finish it. Also have a wide Wilson thumb safety, narrowed so that it will come off the thumb shield and be the same width as my other 1911s off the slide. I'm going to have a truly gifted welder at work build up the worn rails, then I'll clean them up in the machine shop. After final fitting, I'll send the lower half to APW for nickel or hard chrome, haven't decided yet. At the rate I'm going, I have plenty of time to make up my mind...

It is the cheapest, most customized firearm I own. It has two names. "Money pit" and "Polished Turd."

October 14, 2014, 09:33 PM
After my dad died when I was 16, my mom let me pick one gun to keep from his collection and I chose the Winchester 62A because it was his favorite little rifle. I've only refinished the stock and still have it to this day, 48 years later. I also have the first gun I ever bought... A very nice, used Ruger Single-Six .22LR/.22 Mag. Bought it in 1970 when I was in college, for $55 at Mashburn Arms in OKC.

October 14, 2014, 11:13 PM
A Stevens #26 Crackshot that was given to me by an elderly family friend when I was in grade school. I still have it and it was the first of what was to become a fairly extensive collection of Stevens guns, plus a lot of others.

Ignition Override
October 14, 2014, 11:51 PM
The Savage .22LR, inherited from a grandfather who died in '77 when I was 22 years old. Still all original.

The Savage website doesn't seem to include the serial number range of this classic, solid rifle, approx. late 1940's vintage.

October 15, 2014, 12:39 AM
Colt Combat Elite, bought it when I was 21 on Camp Lejeune.

November 23, 2014, 12:11 AM
I hope still have it, that's a bad gun

February 16, 2015, 06:10 PM
Mossberg 500, I don't still have this.

February 16, 2015, 06:53 PM
First ever was a Winchester model 67 single shot .22. My uncle had given it to my brother. When bro went into the service, he sold it to me for $6. But when he returned, he insisted on buying it back......for $6.

Other than that, an M1 carbine in 1964 (I was a senior in HS), from DCM thru the NRA, for $19.95 delivered to my door by UPS. Still have it, and it shoots great.

Gun Master
February 16, 2015, 06:53 PM
A Ranger (Sears) .410 gauge single shot bolt action. I learned to hunt rabbits and squirrels with this gun, under my Granddaddy's watchful eye. He gave it to me when he was sure I'd use it safely. I no longer have it, due to a trade at a gun show. I was consumed with a lust for my 1st handgun, a S&W .32-20 revolver (dog gone it).:o

February 16, 2015, 10:48 PM
A savage m64 22lr it was a alright little semi the magazine was hard to load but the only problems I remember it having were with Remington ammo, it was stolen by my step dad to fund a trip out of country. I probably wouldn't buy another one if I bought a new semi auto 22

February 16, 2015, 10:58 PM
Marlin, Glenfield model 25, grandfather bought it for me. $50, that was in 1987 and it is still in my collection. It has killed more squirrels than custard killed Indians and continues to shoot just as well as it did the day it was bought used.

February 16, 2015, 11:25 PM
My dad got me a NEF 20ga for my 12th birthday. I still have it and shoot it every once in a while. The first gun I purchased was a Ruger 10/22 I bought on my 18th birthday. Still have it and shoot it almost every time I go to the range.

February 16, 2015, 11:33 PM
Lol just seen my own post from two months ago thus thread just wont die

February 17, 2015, 12:06 AM
S&W M-57 .41 Mag. 4" revolver that was given to me from another Ohio boy when I was in Nam. in 1967. I in turned gave it to another Ohio boy when I came back to the World. Semper Fi my brothers.


Cee Zee
February 17, 2015, 09:13 AM
A Mossberg 20 ga. bolt action shotgun with an OmniChoke. That gun was well traveled just in my family before I ended up with it. My uncle bought it in California back in the 1950's. He tried to give it to my brother when he was back home visiting but dad wouldn't allow it. My brother asked him if he could buy if he had his own money and dad said a man could do what he wants with his own money. My brother was about 8 at the time. He offered my uncle $5 for it. He had got it for his birthday about a week earlier and dad sure didn't expect us to have money in those days. He was caught off guard but he wouldn't go back on his word. My brother bought that shotgun for $5. He wasn't allowed to shoot it for quite a while though.

Eventually my brother grew up and moved out. He had many other guns by then and left the old Mossberg behind. Dad had all kinds of guns around too so he thought it was just in the way basically. Then it hit him that I didn't have a gun for HD even though I was recently married and lived in a fairly rough neighborhood. So that shotgun became mine. I was in college at the time so I couldn't afford my own guns. Besides I had always just used one of dad's guns when I wanted to shoot something. But that gun became my first official gun when I was about 20 years old.

That seems like an old age to get my fire gun but again I had guns I could use laying all over the place. I just never thought of getting my own gun. But I have cherished that shotgun for a very long time now. It's been almost 40 years ago that I got it.

I don't have it anymore though. I gave it to my daughter for the same reason dad gave it to me. She needed a HD shotgun because she was living in my house in the woods by herself. She certainly knows what to do with one too. Now she has several but that was her first gun too. I made her promise to hold onto it and pass it down someday too. It's just a simple shotgun that was never expensive but it means a lot to me.

February 17, 2015, 09:43 AM
Age 6, Daisy model 25 pump gun.
Age 8, used .22 single shot, falling block

This was back when life was simple. 1949 & 1951

Cee Zee
February 17, 2015, 10:29 AM
Age 6, Daisy model 25 pump gun.

I didn't realize we were counting BB guns. I got my first one at the age of 5. I was shooting a shotgun at 7 and a .22 by 9. Dad was big on the idea that shotguns were safer for kids because the range was much more limited.

Mr. T
February 17, 2015, 04:42 PM
My first gun was a gift from an uncle...a 12 gauge shotgun...Ted Williams with a poly choke; the second gun was the first gun I ever purchased and it was a Remington model 7400 in 30.06. I bought it I believe back in 1988 or 1989. It has never jammed on me and I've only missed twice with it in all those years. I think it has literally killed more deer than CWD! :-) and yes I still use them both and they accompany me to deer camp ever year.

Gaucho Gringo
February 17, 2015, 07:59 PM
At the age of 12 I received the model 06 Winchester .22 rifle that my father had received from my grandfather at age 12. Was allowed to keep loaded in my bedroom closet when I was growing up as every other gun in the house was. loaded. It has been in the family now for over 85 years. Today a parent would probably go to jail for allowing his children to be in possession of a loaded gun.

February 17, 2015, 11:34 PM
H&r single shot 20 gauge

February 17, 2015, 11:49 PM
A Model 1917 Remington 30-06 with some stock modifications for my early whitetail hunting. I think this was my first rifle I bought for myself sometime in the late 70's.

February 18, 2015, 12:33 AM
Purchased: 870
Received: Marlin Model 60

February 18, 2015, 05:59 AM
Marlin 336 30-30 when I was 13

February 18, 2015, 08:18 AM
First gun I ever shot was my Dad's Winchester M72a bolt action 22.

First gun I ever bought was a Remington Nylon 77 (new).

Still have both. :)

February 18, 2015, 08:21 AM
Marlin .444. Still have it. Got it in early in early 70's.

February 18, 2015, 09:29 AM
A 9 shot H&R pistol when I was 12. Put 50c down and 50c a week till the $26 gun was paid for at the General Store in town. Gives you some idea of the times when they would sell a gun to a kid with no questions asked.

Tim Pierce
February 18, 2015, 09:35 AM
My first was a Browning Buckmark I bought new in 1986. I still have it. It's like new.

February 18, 2015, 09:41 AM
I bought my first rifle at a farm auction,,,
A Winchester Model 1890 pump,,,
Chambered in .22 short only.

I paid a whopping $5.00 for it,,,
But it was missing the magazine rod,,,
So in essence it became a single-shot rifle.

Man but that thing was accurate!

It really was in crappy condition though,,,
The pump handle had broken off,,,
Someone made a replacement.

The big knurled nut to take the gun apart was stripped,,,
Dan found a big ugly bolt that worked,,,
The stock was in pitiful condition,,,
But again, it was very accurate.

I wish I still had the gun now,,,
I gave it to my baby brother when I enlisted in 1970.

Later on I asked him where it was,,,
He had traded it off for a bag of weed. :fire:



Browning Guy
February 18, 2015, 10:00 AM
My first gun to call my own, and not loaners was a 16 ga. Remington Wingmaster, was a gift from my dad. My first gun I bought, I sold the 16 ga. and put some with it to "upgrade" to a Remington mod 48 auto loader in 12 ga. Sure would like to have either of them back today!

February 18, 2015, 10:30 AM
My first gun was a Mossberg 500 combo, 28" vent rib and rifled slug barrels. I bought it went I was 13 with money from my paper route.

Sighted it in with 3" slugs without hearing protection. My ears rang for more than a week and I have hearing damage from that stupid decision.

February 18, 2015, 11:36 AM
Colt Jr. Pocket .25 ACP. When I was 21 years old, I found myself working a job where all of my coworkers told me it was common that we carry a concealed weapon during work. So on the advice of [can't remember who or why] I bought the little Colt .25. I enjoyed shooting it at the range, but it wasn't very accurate. So my next gun was a High Standard Supermatic Target .22, which was VERY accurate, and led me into small bore competitive shooting. The little Colt .25 soon gave way to a series of more suitable guns and calibers for concealed carry/defensive use, but I still have both that Colt .25 and the High Standard .22, though I have not shot either of them in many years.

February 18, 2015, 11:52 AM
Early into the first term of the current regime, I started "thinking" about where things might be heading.

A lady where I worked somehow mentioned that she had a Walther PP .32ACP for sale. She said it had only been used for 7 shots. So, we cut a deal - $300. got me the "new" Walther plus two magazines, a holster, and two boxes of ammo - minus seven rounds. Oh, $300. plus a cheeseburger deluxe from a local "good" place.

That was the crack in the dam. Over the last five years, the floodgates opened to the tune of ten more "necessities" plus accessories.

The Walther was my first firearm since a Marine Corps issue .45 in 1967 somewhere just south of the DMZ. One difference, of course, I had to give the .45 back.

February 18, 2015, 11:56 AM
I bought a Nylon 66 Remington WAY back when I was 17.

February 18, 2015, 03:10 PM
It was a 22mag bolt action. I shot it a lot and I think its still at my dads.

February 19, 2015, 11:05 AM
With my first paycheck from being in the Reserves, I got a Browning Buckmark Bullseye model. Gets dirty fast, but if I feed it well, it's the closest thing ever to a tack driver. Pretty thing too, with the rosewood grips.

February 19, 2015, 06:21 PM
My first was an old pawn shop Rossi 5 shot .38spcl snubbie. I shoot handguns well enough but not that one - couldn't hit a danged thing. :p Traded it years later for a 80s (meh) Win 94.

February 19, 2015, 07:29 PM
I was 12 when Dad came home with a Winchester 9422 in 22lr.

Still have it. Still love shooting it.
Many a squirrel has be taken with that beautiful rifle.

February 19, 2015, 07:34 PM
I bought my first rifle at a farm auction,,,
A Winchester Model 1890 pump,,,
Chambered in .22 short only.

I paid a whopping $5.00 for it,,,
But it was missing the magazine rod,,,
So in essence it became a single-shot rifle.

Man but that thing was accurate!

It really was in crappy condition though,,,
The pump handle had broken off,,,
Someone made a replacement.

The big knurled nut to take the gun apart was stripped,,,
Dan found a big ugly bolt that worked,,,
The stock was in pitiful condition,,,
But again, it was very accurate.

I wish I still had the gun now,,,
I gave it to my baby brother when I enlisted in 1970.

Later on I asked him where it was,,,
He had traded it off for a bag of weed. :fire:


I found it!


February 19, 2015, 09:23 PM
Browning Buckmark

February 20, 2015, 08:31 AM
My first gun was a Winchester 37A 12 gauge singleshot. It was given to me by my dad as a Christmas present in 1969, when I was 10 years old. I no longer have it, but I do have my grandfather's red letter model 37 and wouldn't give it up for all of the money in the world.

The first gun I ever purchased was a Marlin Glenfield model 60 autoloader .22. I still have it and have worn the stock finish bare in places. Love that little gun and have used it to teach many kids how to shoot.

February 20, 2015, 10:44 AM
My first purchases were as a poor college student eating ramen for dinner. My first rifle I purchased was a .22 Squires Bingham for $40 at a department store in Dallas which I still have. The first handgun I bought upon turning 21 was also $40 and was a .25 Raven. Many years later I sold the Raven to a co-worker for something like $20. He shot it like it was a Glock and after hundreds of rounds was pissed at me because the firing pin broke.

February 20, 2015, 12:16 PM
The first rifle that I ever received was my Savage Model 110 long action in 22-250, pre - acutrigger,accuwhatever...It was given to me by my father for the first deer season I got to hunt with my own rifle.

I still have this rifle and will never get rid of it..
It will be passed down to my children or grandchildren.

February 20, 2015, 01:07 PM
Remington model 514 bolt action .22 in 1959. I still have it.

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