Do you still have your first gun?


February 20, 2014, 10:49 PM
Sadly I do not. Mine was a single shot 20 gauge, not even sure what make, but Sears or Montgomery Wards comes to mind. Got it when I was 12. So a few years down the road I sell it at a pawn shop for beer or gas money, something stupid no doubt. This gun was no real prize to anybody but me. Man do I ever regret selling that gun. A lot of memories.

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February 20, 2014, 10:55 PM
No, nor do I have many others I used to own. Bought my first one, a .22 Ruger Standard model, in 1971. The one I've had the longest and still own is a custom-built bullseye 1911 I bought in 1985.

Barry the Bear
February 20, 2014, 10:58 PM
I do not have mine either. Smith and Wesson military and police pre model 10 in .38 spl. With that gun, no squirrel was safe:rolleyes:

February 20, 2014, 10:58 PM
Yep, still got it; won't ever get rid of it. Not because of the value of the gun, but because it was a gift from my dad.

February 20, 2014, 10:58 PM
Yes...H&R Topper.

February 20, 2014, 10:59 PM
Yup, H&R 410

February 20, 2014, 11:03 PM
Yepper, still have it - Remington 541 .22. Bought it new with money I got from selling my first hog. (The hog's name was Petunia and yes, she did win a blue ribbon at the county fair.)

February 20, 2014, 11:04 PM
Still have my first gun... Red Ryder, my first pellet gun...Sheridan 5mm, and first real gun.... H&R 410

February 20, 2014, 11:05 PM
my Marlin Model 780, i got when i was 14 or so (im 42 now), still love it and shoot better with it than my henry rimfire... wouldnt part with it for nothing, took me alot of saving and chores to get that rifle, nothing fancy but so worth it

February 20, 2014, 11:06 PM
Yep. Still got my SKS!

February 20, 2014, 11:06 PM
Yes, Maverick 88 12 gauge.

February 20, 2014, 11:09 PM
Yes, I also have my Fathers first rifle too.

February 20, 2014, 11:26 PM
Yes, the 10/22 I bought when I was just 10 years old. Saved up for ages!

February 20, 2014, 11:27 PM
Yep that H&R .410 did wonders if I did my part on the local cottontails

February 20, 2014, 11:28 PM
Yep, still have my first 870, and I use it more than just about anything else.

February 20, 2014, 11:31 PM
My stepdad convinced my gun-shy mother to let him sell me a Winchester Model 190 rifle in late 1985. He died the following year, and his son, whom I had never met prior, came around asking about the gun. He offered to buy it off me, and I let him take it.

So, no, I do not have my fist gun. But, I quickly replaced that gun with a Ruger 10/22, and I do still have that one.

In 1987, I bought my first handgun, a Taurus Model 66 revolver. I still have that one as well.

February 20, 2014, 11:34 PM
No, I sold it to my brother. My wife still has her first gun though she hasn't put even a box of shells through it in 20 years.

February 20, 2014, 11:34 PM
Yes! Ruger 77/22 in 85 for an 8th grade graduation present. I surely didn't deserve that fine rifle with all the pain I put my Parents through. I also have my Fathers first shotgun. A Winchester model?35/7? youth 20 ga!

Rusty Luck
February 20, 2014, 11:39 PM
I have my first high power Pellet gun that was a gift from my dad.
I have the first two guns I ever used (H&R 410 and H&R 20ga) which were my dad's.
And then I have first gun that was actually "mine" a old Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight 20ga that my dad gave me right before he got sick due to his time in the Navy.
I would never sell that Ithaca, it means more to me then its weight in gold (which is approximately $130K if anyone's wondering lol).

I'm seeing a pattern with the H&R single shots... LOL.

February 21, 2014, 12:16 AM
I still do.

Savage Model 3 single shot. A gift from my grandfather.

February 21, 2014, 12:20 AM
Yes, Maverick 88 12 gauge.

Same here!

In fact, I have never sold or traded a firearm. With the exception of my crappy pot metal Walther p22, I would never part with any of them.

February 21, 2014, 12:28 AM
Sure do! A JC Higgins 22 S/L/LR bolt action. But the tube magazine got dented and wouldn’t feed so I took it off to use as a single shot… bad idea. But yes, I still have it even though it hasn’t been fired in probably 50 years.

February 21, 2014, 12:31 AM
Yes. My first long gun was given to me by my father when I was 11, it is a Savage 24J over/under - .22lr on top, .410 shotgun on the bottom. I also still have my first handgun, which he gave me when I was 16, it is an H&R 686 Convertible .22lr/.22mag.

February 21, 2014, 12:33 AM
Yep, Marlin 39A that was my grandfathers, then my fathers, and finally mine at age 12. One of those "I'd go broke before I ever sold it"kinds of thing.

February 21, 2014, 12:36 AM
Sure do! A JC Higgins 22 S/L/LR bolt action. But the tube magazine got dented and wouldn’t feed so I took it off to use as a single shot… bad idea. But yes, I still have it even though it hasn’t been fired in probably 50 years.
I have an old mossberg 46 that had this problem. You can take a piece of aluminum or brass dowel and, using a small mallet, lightly tap it down the tube to remove the dent. I had the advantage of working at a machine shop back then and had stock in about any diameter you could think of. You may want to measure the INSIDE of the tube and order some dowel stock that is .001 to .005 smaller. You want enough wiggle room for the rod to pass through the tube but tight enough to push the majority of the dent out.

February 21, 2014, 12:48 AM
My dad has my first gun still.a chipmunk .22 rifle.he bought it for me new in the early 80` I shot lots of lizards and squirrels with that little gun.

February 21, 2014, 01:30 AM
Yup, Jericho 945, my younger brother has the first gun I fired, a Star .380, which the model escapes me now.

February 21, 2014, 02:25 AM
Yes, a Marlin 336C I bought in 1971. Later that year I bought a Glenfield/Marlin Model 60 which I also have.

February 21, 2014, 04:03 AM
Nope, a crappy 22 revolver is long gone ... however I do have the first gun I ever shot! It was my Dads Berretta M-70 in .32 Colt acp, it looks like a mid-sized 92F

Joshua M.
February 21, 2014, 04:16 AM
Yes 1st shotgun from my Grandad a Western Field break open .410...custom youth model. Then later he had kept the buttstock piece that he cut off for the "youth" model, and glued it all back together. And my 1st rifle a 10/22 from my dad.

February 21, 2014, 04:29 AM
Yes, Remington 510P given to me in 1958 when I was 8 years old by a friend of my uncle.


February 21, 2014, 05:20 AM
Yup,I got my first gun a Remington 514 single shot for a 16th birthday present 56 years ago.My kids and grandkids all learned to shoot with that rifle.I still take it to the range a couple times a year for fun. hdbiker

tightgroup tiger
February 21, 2014, 06:10 AM
Yea, I still have them all. My first one was a 1952 Marlin 336RC 30-30.

February 21, 2014, 06:16 AM
Yep! CVA Stag Horn Magnum. It was a Christmas gift from my parents. I was around 13.

February 21, 2014, 06:29 AM
kimberkid “I do have the first gun I ever shot! It was my Dads Berretta M-70 in .32 Colt acp, it looks like a mid-sized 92F”

Like many others - a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. An original that was a hand-me-down at age 10 and I still have it. :)

My first firearm was the same as kimberkid’s dad’s Beretta that I bought in 1966. I sold it that same year to trade up to a German Walther PPK and I still have that one. I wish that I had kept the Beretta; it was well made and reliable… oh well. :(

February 21, 2014, 06:32 AM
No and I don't feel bad about selling it either. It was an Astra Model 600, that I bought off the friend of a friend. I didn't know all that much about semi-autos at the time but if I did I wouldn't have made a straight blowback 9mm. my first handgun purchase.

February 21, 2014, 06:38 AM
Sort of. My son has it now and it will go to his son one of these days I suppose.

Ithaca M-66, Supersingle 20 ga.

February 21, 2014, 06:41 AM
Sure do, a Browning BL-22 that my Dad bought me when I was 12.

February 21, 2014, 06:46 AM
Do you still have your first gun?

Sure do. It is a .22 semi-auto rifle that Mom & Dad gave me for Christmas when I was 12. It current resides in my north gunsafe.

February 21, 2014, 06:53 AM
Yep. Late 1800's J Stevens Favorite Model 17. I'm 39 and my Dad got it for me when I was 16. My Mom wouldn't allow me to have any guns and this was supposed to be just to look at. The chamber has an indentation and if you shoot it, the case expands into the indentation and you have to ram it out with a rod. So it does shoot just not very useful. Still neat though. My Dad and I did shoot some opossums with it on ocassion.


February 21, 2014, 07:02 AM
Yes. No-hole 642. I've carried it more than any other firearm save perhaps the M9 I carried while I was in uniform.

February 21, 2014, 07:14 AM
Heck yeah I do, and won't part with it as long as I'm breathing. I was given a Marlin 881 bolt action .22 24 years ago, when I was 12. I'm no crack shot, but have put so many rounds through that rifle, it almost seems hard to miss at times. Its spent hours in various prairie dog towns, and has been through many a shelterbelt in pursuit of cottontails. I couldn't begin to estimate the number of rounds thru it, but it far exceeds the number I've put thru any other firearm. There are too many fond memories attacjhed to it for me to ever even ponder getting rid of it, and besides, it was a gift from mom and dad, and that alone is enough of a reason to hold on to it IMO. For that matter, I still possess MY FATHER'S first gun as well, a Western Field .410 pump that makes sharptail hunting a bit of a challenge when the 12 gauge is dropping them with boring regularity.

February 21, 2014, 07:52 AM
Sure do. Ruger Standard 22LR.

I also have both my dad's first gun (1906 Hamilton model 27) and my father-in-law's first gun (1909 L.C. Smith 12 Ga.)

And when I'm gone, they'll belong to my son.

February 21, 2014, 08:09 AM
Yes, I received it on Christmas morning, 1956. It is a Western Auto Revelation Model 101. Both parents are gone now, so it's a reminder of less stressful times.:)

Shanghai McCoy
February 21, 2014, 08:18 AM
Yep, Remington 512 with the tube magazine.

February 21, 2014, 08:33 AM
Do you still have your first gun?

Yes I do, my dad gave it to me more than 50 years ago...


February 21, 2014, 08:50 AM
yep. 1851 navy

February 21, 2014, 08:57 AM
Yep. Mossberg semi-auto 22 rifle that I got in 9th grade.

February 21, 2014, 09:00 AM
Yes! A Marlin 89C .22 I bought from a sailor who was going overseas. Paid $10 for it in 1958!!!!
Still shoot it on occasion. Very accurate .22!!:D

February 21, 2014, 09:07 AM
Yes. Old Browning A-5 16 Ga. Shotgun my father gave me. Also have the first gun I bought, a Ruger 10/22.


February 21, 2014, 09:08 AM
I just gave my first rifle to my daughter so she can start her family off right. A Marlin semi 22lr. Had it for 47 years and still shoots great!:)

Chocolate Bayou
February 21, 2014, 09:45 AM
Yes, I still have my first gun, but my son lays claims on it, and keeps it at his home now.

February 21, 2014, 09:52 AM
I gave it to my little brother when I went into the USAF.

It was an 189? Winchester pump action chambered for .22 Short,,,
I bought it at a farm auction for $5.00 in the early 60's,,,
The magazine rod was gone so it was single-shot,,,
Man that was one accurate rifle.

It's gone now,,,
I think he traded it for a bag of weed. :banghead:



February 21, 2014, 09:57 AM
No. Marlin single shot 22 youth. I had it until two months ago. Now my youngest son has it.

February 21, 2014, 10:09 AM
I still have every gun that I have ever owned. This even includes some old fairly rusted single shot shotguns that have broken stocks/forearms. My take on this subject is that every gun is still a gun and can be used; maybe some after a little work. With a few exceptions, my guns likely cannot be sold or bartered for more than I bought them for especially when inflation is considered. It doesn't cost me anything to own them and unless one has hundreds of guns, storage is easy. I guess if I were starving or about to lose my home, I could see this stance being reconsidered.

February 21, 2014, 10:11 AM
Yep, still got it; won't ever get rid of it. Not because of the value of the gun, but because it was a gift from my dad.

Same here.

February 21, 2014, 10:17 AM

And thank you for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.


The Bushmaster
February 21, 2014, 10:18 AM
Yup...Model 94 Winchester .30 WCF manufactured in 1948/9. Bought it when I was 18 and I'm 71 now.

February 21, 2014, 10:26 AM
Yes I do. Benjamin 5MM pellet rifle. Have had to put seals in it a few times but it still shoots great.

Quickdraw Limpsalot
February 21, 2014, 11:15 AM
Yes...H&R Topper.

Yessir! Still have my Topper (my first gun) with 20 gauge and .22 Hornet barrels.

SC Shooter
February 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
Yes. A winchester Model 57 .22 given to me by my grandfather. I will keep it until i give it to my grandson.

Arkansas Paul
February 21, 2014, 11:24 AM
I do.
Its a single shot Winchester M37 Steelbilt in 16-gauge. I'm the 3rd Paul in the family to have it.
Hopefully there will be another somewhere down the line I can pass it to.

Romeo 33 Delta
February 21, 2014, 01:56 PM
Sure do ... a Marlin 81DL that was a Christmas present from my Dad whan I was 10 years old. I also still shoot it and remember him fondly every time I do.

February 21, 2014, 02:04 PM
I still have my first rifle (Rem 514), first shotgun (Rem 870) and first handgun (Colt .22 Diamondback). I also still have my Dad's old .22 Stevens Favorite and Montgomery Ward single-shot 20 ga.

February 21, 2014, 02:05 PM
When my wife and I first got into shooting, we bought three. A Glock 22 for me, S&W M&P in .40 S&W for her, and a S&W 686+ for us :) Still have all three…still have our first rifle and shotgun too.

February 21, 2014, 02:14 PM

And thank you for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.

Hey, I'm in the same boat. I totally regret selling my first gun.:banghead:

February 21, 2014, 02:14 PM
Yes, it's a Savage-Stevens SS 410 My dad and uncles were big into rabbit hunting, we always had beagles when I was growing up, and the little shotgun was my first hunting gun, I killed a rabbit with it the first time I ever fired it. I use it every year now to bring down a bit of mistletoe for Christmas decorating. It's kind of hard to believe I've had the thing for 41 years!

February 21, 2014, 02:18 PM
Yes, a Stevens model 34 bolt-action .22RF. Got it for my 12th birthday in 1968. Still absolutely love to sit at a bench, on a lazy hot summer day, and shoot for accuracy at 100 yards, for practically nothing.;) 46 years now.

PBR Streetgang
February 21, 2014, 02:40 PM

a H&R Topper, .410 single shot hammer gun was given to me for my 10th Christmas. I've had it over 50 years.(We were shooting paper shells back then)

One of my highly cherished possessions to this day.

February 21, 2014, 02:45 PM
First pistol, a Ruger Security Six (1976). Had to sell the first rifle, a Ruger 10-22 some years ago. Since replaced and set up the way the old one was.

February 21, 2014, 03:03 PM
I still have the Remington 870 wingmaster in 16 ga I got for my 14th birthday and the Ruger P89 I bought myself from a pawn shop.

I've sold and traded guns since, but someone early on told me that you should never part with your first gun no matter what. Good advice I'd say.

February 21, 2014, 03:05 PM
I have my 1st pistol, shotgun and rifle. But I didn't get to shoot as a kid, so all my purchases were this century.

February 21, 2014, 03:12 PM
Sadly, as you say, I do not.

My first rifle was stolen many years ago, and though I have my suspicions as to who was responsible, there is no proof and I have no desire to ever speak to, let alone see, that person ever again.

However, I recently purchased another one just like it from Gunbroker...a Marlin 783 bolt action, tube magazine, .22 Magnum.

Feels good to have it in my hands!

February 21, 2014, 03:19 PM
Yep, German SIG P229 9mm. Don't have my second or third gun though, but every one after that.

February 21, 2014, 03:39 PM
Yes I do, a Marlin 336 JM stamped.

February 21, 2014, 03:53 PM
((( YOU BET ))) I bought a brand new Marlin 39A in 1963. I still hunt and just go plinking with that little rifle quite often. Still shoots and looks as good as it did as when I first got it, 50 years ago.

P5 Guy
February 21, 2014, 04:19 PM
No, I do not have the first gun, but I still have the second gun.

February 21, 2014, 04:33 PM
Yep. Remington 700ADL in .308. Purchased it when I was 16...walked into Gemco in Sacramento in 1971 and laid 110$ on the counter of the sporting goods department... the sales person handed me the gun. No waiting, no background check, no questions. Those were the days.


February 21, 2014, 05:55 PM
I do, BSA Meteor .22 Pellet gun bought thru Herter's catalog in 1969.

1st firearm - H&R Partner 20 ga / 30-30 changeable barrels break action single shot my Parents bought for me in 1973.

Still got 'em both and shoot occasionally. Kids can figure out who gets them when I'm gone :D

February 21, 2014, 05:58 PM
Ruger Standard

February 21, 2014, 06:37 PM
Glenfield ( Marlin ) Model 60 semi auto .22

February 21, 2014, 06:43 PM
Yep. Nylon 66 my dad got me when I was 10 in 1967

February 21, 2014, 06:47 PM
Sadly no, but my little cousin does. It is an NEF 20 gauge that I got for my 5th birthday and gave to him about 10 years later for his 8th.

February 21, 2014, 06:50 PM
I do not have the Daisy BB gun I started with. I cut that down and made a rough mares leg out of it, yes it was functional but it was not pretty. The internal barrel tube was tricky but a 10 year old outfitted with a hacksaw and a hammer got it done.

I do still have my next step up. A Ted Williams single shot lever action .22, I believe it was from 71 or 72. It's my wife's favorite gofer getter.

Rio Laxas
February 21, 2014, 06:54 PM
Sort of. I gave my first gun, a chipmunk 22lr rifle bought for me by my father, to my daughter with the stipulation that she share it with her brother. I'm just storing it for her.

February 21, 2014, 06:58 PM
Yep. Wingmaster for Christmas when I was 16....24 years ago.

February 21, 2014, 07:04 PM
I do - though I can't for the life of me remember which one it is! It's either a 10/22 walnut(ish) carbine or a Mossberg 500 bantam 20 gauge. I got them both around the same time when I was 8 or so but cannot remember which came first. I still shoot both of them too. That little mossberg with the youth stock is great for what i like to call "taking a walk with a gun" in case the inspiration to shoot something strikes me.

February 21, 2014, 07:47 PM
Yes. Mossberg 500.

February 21, 2014, 07:51 PM
Yep, I still have it. Mossberg bolt action 410 three shot magazine. Came with two screw on chokes, mod and full. Christmas 1956 if I remember. I was dissappointed because I was wishing for a 20 ga double. Anyway, I took it out after lunchand took a few squirels and still kinda dissappointed. What I did not know at the time was that my dad wanted me to learn how to hunt. Turns out that that damn little gun did teach me a lot. Not only that,but it has taught 13 young relatives the same lesson. I finally have it back and it is remarkably in damn near the same condition as new. Now getting ready for the same lessons for my grandsons.

February 21, 2014, 08:07 PM
Well the BB gun didn't last long enough to think about. I shot the guts out of it!
My first cartridge gun...yes, its still in my safe and on my shoulder quite often. Its a Savage mod 24, .22/410 . I love that little gun. Sometimes I think I carried it a million miles hunting rabbit and squirrel. I'm not sure my F-150 would haul all the ammo I've shot through it. I lost the rear sight elevation piece while pushing through some vines. My cousin cut one from a sliver of metal. Been using it since about '63.

Looking forward to handing it off to my grandson in a few years.


February 21, 2014, 08:15 PM
Still have mine, Back in the 52 when Granpa died I was 7 years old. Granma gave me his old Winchester low wall in 32 rimfire. Shot and killed my first deer that fall with it. Back them ammo could still be had for it, I only have part of a box for it now.
Because it was Granpas and Grandma gave it to me, that gun will be mine until I die. Then its in the will and my first Grandson gets it.

February 21, 2014, 08:44 PM
Yep, still have and plan to give it to my grandson. I figure when he is 8 should be old enough.

February 21, 2014, 09:07 PM
Can't let too many posts go by without another

Yup - H&R Topper 20 gauge - still my grouse gun after 30 years.

February 21, 2014, 09:11 PM
Nope. I sold it to a friend who needed it.

February 21, 2014, 09:23 PM
Yes, that is, the first one I bought. My dad, nor any other relative did not give me a real gun of any kind. In fact my dad and uncles never let me shoot their guns. The first gun I shot, an M-1 Garand was in the Army. I bought my first gun after seeing a Sears ad in the paper for a .22 semi-auto rifle with scope for $79. Shortly afterward Sears stopped selling firearms!

February 21, 2014, 09:37 PM
Still have mine. Remington .22lr bolt action rifle. My dad gave it to me for getting straight As in about 6th or 7th grade. Would be about 40 years ago now. It's in better shape than I am...

February 21, 2014, 11:06 PM
Still got mine. Savage Model 62 .22 I've had it since I was 12 so 17yrs and my first centerfire my SKS got it when I was 13 both my dad gave me.

February 21, 2014, 11:18 PM
Still got my first. Its a single shot lithgow 22 I got when I was 13 or so which my 10 yo now claims as his. Also got my second and third wich was a boito sxs that is shot out now and a longbranch 303 that is still going strong.the only rifle ive ever moved on was a savage mk 2 that wouldnt shoot and got replaced with a henry h001 that shoots great and will go to the grave with me. Unless I have grandkids one day I might part with if they want it.

February 21, 2014, 11:28 PM

Yes, the Mossberg 144 LSA .22 my older brother gave me when I was eight years old in 1968...

February 21, 2014, 11:44 PM

Remington 513T Match Master.

My Grandad left it to me in 1989.

1911 guy
February 21, 2014, 11:48 PM
Unfortunately, no. I wish I did so I could give it to my son. But back when i sold it, I was thinking about financing another purchase, not about having kids.

February 22, 2014, 01:10 AM
Yes, i still have it- a Savage model 24D 22/20 gauge. My Christmas present in 7th grade. My Mother took me to the sporting goods store and let me pick it out. I can't say it was a particularly great gun compared to my Dad's model 67 Winchester or his model 37 Winchester 12 gauge, but it reminds me of happier times when they were both still alive and I had the whole world still ahead of me. Now I have both of those guns and they remind me of better times as well.

February 22, 2014, 01:44 AM
Yup; Colt series 70 MkIV 1911.

February 22, 2014, 01:52 AM

The Lone Haranguer
February 22, 2014, 06:50 AM
The first handgun and rifle I ever shot is still in the family, though not in my possession. The first gun I bought myself with my own money, I no longer have as it was stolen. :fire:

February 22, 2014, 11:36 AM
Since so many folks are listing their BB or Pellet guns, I feel compelled to change my response to, "No" ...

I cannot remember if I received my Mattel Fanner 50 (with "Shootin' Shells") first or the rubber band gun that my Dad made for me ...

... but both are long gone ... so, no , I do not still have my first "gun". ;)

On An Island
February 22, 2014, 11:53 AM
In a real firearm, yes. A Remington 550 .22 semi-auto that my great uncle taught me to shoot and hunt with at age 12 (I think). He bequeathed it to me when he passed away. It's not going anywhere.

February 22, 2014, 11:56 AM
Granddad gave me a 1950's bolt action Savage .22.I passed it on to my grandsons last year.I took many groundhogs with it.They're using it at the range.

February 22, 2014, 12:09 PM
Yup! I still have my first pistol - a 9mm Luger - byf 41 - that I purchased from a veteran living off base near Fort Lee, Virginia around 1965. He said he'd body swiped it from a dead Nazi in northern France. I paid $60 for it and my Mother, God rest her soul, had to go with me to buy it because I was so young at the time. My father had previously passed away. It's the only firearm that has any sentimental value to me and will be one of the last I will ever relinquish.

February 22, 2014, 12:14 PM
Yep. Got 'em both. First one was semi home-made, the other was factory built and store bought. Don't have my Red Ryder though. Wore it out and threw it away.

February 22, 2014, 09:05 PM
My first gun didn't work... It's a mid-to late 1930's Winchester Model 67 22 LR bolt action single shot that my dad bought used about 1938 or so. There's a leaf spring in the action that eventually failed and a gunsmith told him it would cost more to fix than the gun was worth. So it sat in the closet from about the early 50's until I latched on to it in the mid 60's. Then it sat around in my gun rack until about 1981 when a gunsmith told me it was easily fixable. So it finally got fixed and it's a great shooter and now resides in the safe with the first WORKING gun that I ever got at age 17; An Iver Johnson Champion 16 ga. break open single shot 16 ga. shotgun. That one was purchased new by my dad about 1940 at the local Western Auto store. Then in the 50's one of my older cousins had it when he first got into that stuff and by the time I was 17 it wasn't getting used anymore so it was then my turn for it and none of my other cousins were interested in it so it's still with me. Had it re-blued and the receiver re- casehardened in 1978 and today it probably looks better than it did in 1940.

February 22, 2014, 09:18 PM
Yes I do. I will never sell it or get rid of it. It works even better than the best champs I've ever shot or owned.

February 22, 2014, 09:53 PM
My brother lost my 22410 while he was smashed in the woods.
I was not very nice--I said I was going to tell dad. He told me I could have his new Marlin 39A if I kept my mouth quiet----I was very very happy to take him up on his offer.
Years later I replaced the 22410 with a model 24V.

February 22, 2014, 10:52 PM
Yes, a Mossberg 500 I bought on my 18th birthday.

LV Gun
February 22, 2014, 11:00 PM
Still have my Ruger K97 De Cock only in 45 acp it was the first gun I bought with the help of my father -in law who got me into shooting.

February 22, 2014, 11:28 PM
My first was likely the same gun Grassman has. My dad gave it to me at about 11-12 years old. I just got it back from him last year. My first purchase is my Ruger 22/45 slab sided. I will always have it.

February 23, 2014, 12:06 AM
Yes, a single shot .410 shotgun made by, I think, EIG out of Spain. I got it on my 10th birthday which was about 47 years ago & it still looks great & works like a charm.

February 23, 2014, 12:42 PM
Yep, a Savage Model 24 22LR/20 gauge. My parents gave it to me for Christmas in 1969.
I think back then they paid $40 for it new.

February 23, 2014, 01:00 PM
My first 7 guns were inherited guns and I have 6 of them. One of them was stolen while I was in college.

A couple of them are fairly valuable (Colt pistol and a SxS) but the others are purely sentimental.

February 23, 2014, 01:13 PM
Still have mine, a K98 Mauser I bought when I was 18. Just shot it again a few weeks ago.

February 23, 2014, 02:52 PM
Sure do, Ruger revolver circa 1982.

February 23, 2014, 03:23 PM
Yep - my grandfather left me his Remington .22 bolt action when he passed away when I was 12 in 1969. I think it is from the late 40s or early 50s. I still have it - I still shoot it better than any other gun I have. It is going to my son (or my first grandson who is on the way now).

February 23, 2014, 03:27 PM
Yes, a Ruger Bearcat my dad bought back in the early 60's:D

February 23, 2014, 03:34 PM

KW-HD Rider
February 23, 2014, 06:17 PM
Still have the Marlin Glenfield 60 I saved for and bought in the early 70's. Still get it out and shoot some but it has some FTE's now.

February 23, 2014, 06:34 PM
Sure do. Old .22 semi auto my dad bought at the flea market when I was 4, gave it to me that Christmas. It hasn't moved from his attic in years, and I'm not even sure what make it is. It has killed squirrels and Raccoons by the dozen. One of my 5 guns which will never be for sale.

Cool question.

February 23, 2014, 06:40 PM
Daisy 99 check
HW50 deluxe .177 pellet gun check
Colt 6 inch blue python bought with money I earned at 16 Check

all present and accounted for

February 23, 2014, 06:45 PM
I bought it myself ay age 21 and still have it, a nice little plinker. I also well remember the guy down the counter from me in the store who, while they were starting my paperwork, asked the "gentleman" behind the counter how much he would pay for his pristine Walther P-38 (all steel, post-WWI)......and listening as he considered $150 for it (during the Reagan presidency), asking if he could get back to the dealer the next day. I paid $150 for my plinker, and still regret not running out in to the parking lot and telling the guy to call me and I'd have given him $200 for it (still a steal), after explaining I thought it was worth $3-400 if he marketed it himself.

February 23, 2014, 07:10 PM
Yes I do. It's a Stevens single shot 22. My dad paid $12.50 for it brand new as a 50% off deal for buying a side of beef and a side of pork from a local meat packing plant/ sporting outlet. They had these marked at $25.00. My brother and I begged for so long that the salesman told Dad that he would give him two for the price of one. That was 55 years ago and the rifle still looks near new. My boys both learned to shoot with it, but opted for 10-22's for some reason:) A need for speed I guess. I bet they are wishing they had all the ammo they blasted away now, with the shortages.

Ky Larry
February 23, 2014, 07:23 PM
Yep. In 1963 my dad gave me a Remington 514 .22 singleshot for Christmass. I was 9 y.o. and I've had it ever since.

February 23, 2014, 07:40 PM
No. My first firearm was a Marlin model 60. I loved that gun, and enjoyed it for many years before giving it to my daughter and son in law.

At least I still get to visit, and shoot it from time to time. :)

February 23, 2014, 07:41 PM
I think I'm the 4th or 5th guy in this thread with a 514 Remington .22. Saw one recently at a pawn shop for $150. I know what they're worth, but mine cannot be bought and will never be sold at any price. No replacement can have what this one does. It was a gift from my father.

February 23, 2014, 08:23 PM

February 23, 2014, 10:55 PM
Yes. In both ways. First actual fire arm (not BB gun) I can remember shooting was a Ruger Single Six in .22LR, I think 6-7 years old with my dad. Couldn't hit the broad side of a 24 pack "Pepsi cube". This gun is still in the family.

First gun I paid for was a Mosin Nagant 91/30. Still have that.

Gun Master
February 23, 2014, 11:08 PM
No, darn it! A Ranger (Sears) .410 bolt action single shot shotgun, given me by my granddaddy, which I used in trade with other items, for my 1st revolver, a .32-20 S&W.

Frosty Dave
February 24, 2014, 12:33 AM
Depends on how you define "my" first gun. My dad bought a J.C. Higgins 22 when I was a kid but he never referred to it as my gun. That was his way of keeping his safety rule simple: I was not allowed to touch HIS guns except under his supervision. I still have that one.

The first gun I ever plunked my own money down on was a Colt AR in 1978. I sold it when money was tight.

I'm glad I sold it though!

^^^ (Lie)

February 24, 2014, 12:37 AM
First handgun, yes. First rifle, no.

February 24, 2014, 05:29 AM
Now that I think about it, I may actually have my grandpa's first gun too! I'm not sure when he purchased what, but I have an older 336 Marlin and a Winchester 62A that belonged to him. One thing about the Marlin blows my mind....its got the best trigger pull, bar none, of any firearm I've shot. I haven't actually checked it, but I'd say no more than 2.5-3.5 pounds of pressure releases the sear, and no overtravel, no creep, no grit....just a perfect pull, each and every time. Apparently, it came from the factory like that, as grandpa wasn't one to go out of his way to modify his guns in any way

February 24, 2014, 09:51 AM
BRNO ZKM 452 (.22LR bolt action rifle).

February 24, 2014, 09:32 PM
Sure do. A Cooey 410 single shot, a christmas gift in 1966 wrapped in red x-mas paper. To this day 48 years later, I still get a little something wrapped in what is left of that very fragile paper. Thank's for rekindling the memories of that long ago Christmas morning. Dave.

February 24, 2014, 10:22 PM
Yes, Marlin 336CS in .35 Rem. Got it just about 35 years ago.

February 24, 2014, 10:29 PM
I came home from the hospital at 5 days old wrapped in a stocking on Christmas Eve 1984. Christmas Day I got a marlin model 60 that was used but nearly perfect. It has been with me for 29 years and it will not go anywhere. It still has the factory stickers on the squirrel stock, even after 25000 rds and about 23 years of hunting with it. I now have 4 model 60s, soon to be 3...One was waiting in the closet for my wife some summer day 4 years ago when I decided it was a good day to give away a diamond. It's her first gun. Another came from my other grandpa as he just doesn't shoot it. Bought new in the late 60s, it served triple duty as my moms first gun, her older brothers first gun, and her younger brothers first gun. So, that covers 3 of the 4, with the last being one that I got for free from a friend. It was rusted shut with a broken now functions well and is getting pretty rather quickly. When the weather warms up, it will serve double duty as my nieces and nephews first gun.

February 24, 2014, 10:37 PM
Still have it. Wood and metal redone because it was burgled, left in the woods for 17 months circa 2004. Found and returned by the sheriff. Five other rifles found under same brush and trees.

and a 50 yard target:

This gun has the worst trigger in America... hard to pull, it will raise a blister.

February 24, 2014, 11:49 PM
Nope. Don't even know what make or model it was, only that it was a bolt-action .22.

I was just learning to read - not quite four years old.

I traded a neighbor a couple of my chickens for it. (I raised them from the egg.)

I didn't get to keep it long - just until dad noticed it, then it was gone.

Cee Zee
February 24, 2014, 11:54 PM
Yes I still have the first gun I ever owned. But I shot a whole bunch of other guns pretty much any time I wanted when I was a kid. Dad owned quite a few guns and my older brothers had their share too. There was always something around to use so I didn't really feel the need to own one until I moved out of the house. I bought a Raven P25 for SD because that was all I could afford. Dad got the hint I suppose after that because he gave me a couple of guns soon after. I still have one of those and I gave one to my daughter. I started buying my own guns not too much longer after the first round. I guess it was a while because I was still young and broke for a good while.

February 25, 2014, 12:19 AM
Got a Winchester Model 67 Bolt action .22 for my sixth birthday. 'Lost' it in a divorce 43 years later. Got the rest of my guns back after a couple of years in court but they just couldn't find that one.

February 25, 2014, 12:54 AM
Raven MP25. Very reliable after adjusting the magazine (before adjustment I had a stovepipe every other round).

My first gun and one of the last ones I'd ever get rid of.

Ignition Override
February 25, 2014, 01:55 AM
Yes, the 1940's Savage .22 rifle used by my grandfather to shoot squirrels in Florence/Jackson MS.

Used it a few times in the early 80s (young age), and never touched any gun again until 2007. Finally found out, now living near small towns, that there are still:o safe places to shoot by the metro area, away from ranges/clubs.

That Savage's bead sight is one of the best types of front post I've ever seen.

February 25, 2014, 10:23 AM
I have every gun I have ever been given, except an old single shot 20-gauge that fell to pieces. My first firearm is my beloved Winchester 70 .243 youth model I received on my tenth birthday.

February 25, 2014, 03:04 PM
My first gun was a Ruger 6.5" Stainless Blackhawk 357 magnum. It was my only gun for several years. Shot it a lot. Eventually got a semi auto that for a time replaced it. Periodically I would start shooting it again because it was just fun to shoot. When I needed to practice fundamentals I would pull it out and practice. Other guns would be purchased and "replace" the Blackhawk for a time. Eventually I would come back to the Blackhawk for practice or just plain fun. This is one gun I will never let go. This all started over 30 years and many guns ago. For some reason I really like the nostalgia of my first gun as well as the single action simplicity. Now that I think about it I should go shoot it again just for fun! :D


February 25, 2014, 03:15 PM
Not counting the pellet guns, yes I still have my first gun. A H&R 20ga. Which I have never shot. My father got me a H&R .410 immediately after test firing the 20 and realizing that it would have knocked me on my 6 year old rear end.

Need to take it out someday.

Cee Zee
February 26, 2014, 02:17 AM
Raven MP25. Very reliable after adjusting the magazine

Mine sure as heck isn't reliable. It never was no matter what I did to it. It was very accurate at first though. But after the first time I took it apart to clean it I couldn't get it to hit the dirt pointing it straight down.

February 26, 2014, 12:36 PM
Naw. I traded my Ruger SR9c for a used Sig P232. I lost firepower and my 1st gun. Guess I don't regret it though. Only thing I regret was I gave up 5 magazines and a laser, and got 1 magazine for the Sig. What was I thinking?

G'dale Mike
February 26, 2014, 01:00 PM
Still have it, bought some nice cocabola grips for it, also prior to that, some pachmyrs, but still have originals. It was my high school graduation gift. Interesting story on several levels. First, i had asked for a. Python. Now, my father was a first generation ( my grandfather immigrated from Sicily). Raised as he was, he really wanted to buy top of the line, but the immigrant upbringing always won out. For instance, he always wanted a S&W model 59,, but just couldnt spring for that price tag,, instead, he payed slightly less and bought 2 model 39's. So with that in mind, one day just prior to graduation, i go to the nearby RICH's department store( yes,,, back then, they had sporting goods AND FIREARMS!) and to my surprise, the Colt Python i went weekly to salivate over, had a "SOLD" tag on it and MY name under that!!
I kept quite and didnt let on that i was aware of my gift.
So graduation comes, get to opening gifts, and sure enough, there's a wrapped gift in the EXACT shape and size as a Colt Python box. I snicker to myself and save that package for last.
Trying to act nonchalant, i slowly , with little regard begin to unwrap my new PYTHON,,,,, only to discover my PYTHON is a TROOPER!! The immigration buy down bit me. I think i was able to keep my slight disappointment from showing, and years later, we laughed many times , once i revealed my story. But now, i wouldnt trade my Trooper for 100 pythons. It will go to my son with the story of my first firearm and graduation gift in tow.

February 26, 2014, 05:54 PM
No, 22 Browning, sold it after 60 years. I had no use for it and could put the money toward something that I could use. I bought my wife a Dining room set with it.

February 27, 2014, 05:23 PM
First rifle - bought new 10-22 from 1974? Nope, it sadly and foolishly was sold to finance my high school class ring... pitched over a highway only a month or so after receiving it.

First handgun - a righteous surplus 1911 bought when I joined the Army? Yup. I treated it and myself to a MEUSOC upgrade by the armorer at Pendleton back in that day.

Still my favored daily open carry.

February 27, 2014, 05:54 PM
Yes, kind of. On long-term load to my stepdaughter.


February 27, 2014, 08:23 PM
Yes, I still have it: a .22 Ranger (Stevens mod. 29 A or B sold through Sears or Montgomery Wards) that was my grandfathers. I also have the Marlin Glenfield Model 60 .22 that I put on layaway with my Christmas gift money and paid off with my allowance over a couple of months at Woolworth Woolco when I was 12 - $49.00. I have only given up one gun: a 16ga. Mossberg bolt action shotgun. I gave it back to the uncle who gave it to me, his situation changed and he asked for it back.

February 27, 2014, 08:39 PM
I still have my first gun - a 12 gauge Remington 11-87 Premiere Light Contour I received for my 15th birthday from my parents. 20+ years later and she's still my go-to dove gun.

Never a single malfunction in all those years, either.

February 28, 2014, 06:13 PM
Cleaning it won't effect accuracy. :rolleyes:

Also, almost all issues I've seen with Ravens are due to faulty mags causing jams or broken firing pins (dry firing these WILL inevitably break your FP).

March 1, 2014, 03:18 AM
Ithaca Youth Model single shot 22. Must have been near 50 years ago my folks gave it me for birthday. 1st kill was a cotton tail that my grandmother fried up for me on their farm in East Texas - I can see it all crystal clear - good memories hunting and fishing with my grandfather at the farm.

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