The Young Guns of THR


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natedog
May 31, 2004, 01:09 AM
Roll call: THR members under the age of eighteen. I'm four days shy of my fifteenth birthday. I know of Combat-Wombat, Winstonsmith, and N3rday. Anyone else?

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ZeroX
May 31, 2004, 01:20 AM
6 months short of 18.

cslinger
May 31, 2004, 01:29 AM
3 years old next month..............................................................................................at least that's what Sheslinger says.

:D

Chris

SodiumBenzoate
May 31, 2004, 01:46 AM
2 months short of 14.

SoCalGeek
May 31, 2004, 01:59 AM
I'm gonna be 16 in September! <counting the days>

cslinger
May 31, 2004, 02:07 AM
All I have to say to all the "real" young'ins stop and take a moment to enjoy what you have.

Yes living by other peoples rules can suck but you are at a point in your life where you have the most freedom with the least amount of responsibility. Enjoy it because it is a very short period.

I am not saying life sucks and then you die just that the age between 15-21ish is a sweet spot in life. Enjoy it.

Of course once you hit 21 you can legally own all kinds of cool guns.................but your too poor too. Ha ha :D Just joshing with you.

Chris

GunnySkox
May 31, 2004, 02:13 AM
Turned seventeen on May 20th.

^_^

~Slam_Fire

Zing!

Oleg Volk
May 31, 2004, 02:16 AM
It may be frustrating to be legally handicapped due to your age, even though you may be brighter and more responsible than many adults. Know that with age come both opportunity and responsibilites. Also know that adults are watching you...should you impress them as mentally adult, forthright and responsible individuals, who knows how many gun safes and ammo stashes would open to you. I've seen kids who rated beltfed access at ten, and who had guns of their own by then -- they are the kind of people I'd want by my side in a pinch long before they'd hit the "magic" age of 18. So, even if the law doesn't take you seriously yet, some of us do.

ACP230
May 31, 2004, 09:47 AM
My son is 12. He reads this forum regularly, often over my shoulder.
He's been shooting since age six, and is a competitor in e-mail .22 benchrest matches. He keeps a log of guns and types of ammo fired and is up to 41 guns this week.

He started his hunting career by going out for turkeys earlier this month and was safe in the woods. We saw no huntable turkeys, but he appreciated what we did see, eagles, owls, and about a dozen deer.

He is frustrated that he can't join THR due to his age.
I think he'd be able to add to some of the discussions here and that makes me frustrated too.

Is there any reason why the age limit couldn't be dropped?

Chipperman
May 31, 2004, 10:01 AM
He's a word of advice to some of the "Young Guns" here.

I remember when I was in High School. I had a lot of disposable cash. I worked a part time job, and had no expenses. I was able to blow my money on whatever I wanted. It was nice, but when I got a little older and was legally able to purchase "Grown Up" toys like firearms, it was harder to scrape together enough money with other expenses.

So take some of that cash you have now and put it away toward a gun fund. If you're 15 and put away even just $5 a week, that could add up to a couple of pretty nice guns by the time you're 21.

itgoesboom
May 31, 2004, 11:46 AM
Chipperman,

You hit the nail on the head. When I was a kid in high school, working my first job, no real expenses except gas and movies, I had saved up close to $2000.

I spent it all hanging out with buddies, going to clubs, buying whiskey and useless trinkets.

At the time, I could have purchsed a nice AR-15 and a couple AKs, plus all the mags and ammo I could fit in my car and life would have been grand.

Now here I am, mid-20's, married, tons of bills, working 60+ hrs a week, trying to save up for one, nice rifle. Oh, and I still won't be able to purchase an AR.

I.G.B.

winstonsmith
May 31, 2004, 12:49 PM
Winstonsmith checking in!

You know what I love about this place? The unsolicited advice!:uhoh:

I'm serious...:D

Well, I can't exactly be called a young gun, considering I've never shot. But that will SOON change! http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?threadid=84676

Cheers!

PS: Working a great summer job this year, $189 a week before taxes. For 9 weeks! Yer darn right I'll save alot of it in a gun fund!

Chris Rhines
May 31, 2004, 12:52 PM
What Chipperman said. And what Oleg said, double.

- Chris

JeFF D
May 31, 2004, 01:36 PM
Just 9 days short of 18!!

I've been a member of TFL since I was 15 and THR since the beginning.

First thing I do when I wake up on my 18th is going out looking at guns, then buying a good cigar.

I dont have one lever action rifle, think I'll fix that, or maybe just another M44, you can never have enough $50 M44's.
Though I have been wanting a nice turkey gun, then I could get a rifled bbl for hunting in the thumb.
Hey I really like them K-31's too.

It's a good thing I've been saving up for 3 years.

Linux&Gun Guy
May 31, 2004, 02:01 PM
Almost 15 here. Ive got a lot of hobbies: learning about guns, linux stuff, metal casting, chemistry ext. My plan is to save as much money as possible and buy a DSA FAL when I turn 18.

http://www.dsarms.com/images/ewstd.jpg


I know you can get them cheaper but I like knowing that these are well made. I want to get a cheap 22 for plinking and training too. I think its better to save and buy good gear than to buy lots of crappy gear. I had a 20$ knife; it was flimsy, the blade was tight, and it felt bad in my hand. I saved up for a Kershaw Ken Onion Blackout for 50$ and its a great knife; it looks cool, I can sharpen it to a razor edge and its comfortable. I want any gun I own to be like a good knife. Im not looking to ever own more than 15 or so guns. I don't think I would need more unless they were just 'bury guns' or something.

http://toolcraze.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/KER1550.jpg

5ptdeerhunter
May 31, 2004, 02:07 PM
I will be 18 in 5 months.

buy guns
May 31, 2004, 02:31 PM
im 19 so i guess i beat the cut off to be a young gun :)


He is frustrated that he can't join THR due to his age.
I think he'd be able to add to some of the discussions here and that makes me frustrated too.

Is there any reason why the age limit couldn't be dropped?


i have seen alot of boards that are like this so it isnt restricted to thr. on one hand you could just let him click the 13 or older link because it doesnt really matter how old you are but then on the other hand it doesnt set a very good example.

Combat-wombat
May 31, 2004, 02:55 PM
Being 14, it is kind of annoying being treated as less of a person because I haven't reached the "magic" age, as Oleg put it. I've dealt with it time and time again on other forums, but this forum is different.

I sincerely thank Oleg for making a welcoming environment for everyone.

CrudeGT
May 31, 2004, 03:12 PM
Are we talking about the age based on when we were born? or age based on how we act? cause I kinda walk that line.:D

BHPshooter
May 31, 2004, 03:40 PM
Well, I guess I kind of qualify... I'm 6 months shy of 21. But since handguns seem to be my focus, it's sort of the same.

Wes

PromptCritical
May 31, 2004, 04:40 PM
I'm a bit old for this at 24 but I just have to say that we need people like you guys (and girls if applicable) to carry the torch (and rifle) of freedom and educate the MTV watching automatons who are not bad people, just ignorant of the facts. It will soon be your job to retain these rights we hold so dear. Best of luck on the ever important "First Firearms Funds!"

5ptdeerhunter: Love the sig line. Can we just make them wear signs?

Chipperman
May 31, 2004, 06:37 PM
"Im not looking to ever own more than 15 or so guns." :rolleyes:

Yep. I was saying that same thing a few years ago. I was also saying that I didn't really want a machine gun.

Things have changed a bit since then. :evil:

Your collection will never be complete, so don't try to limit it too much from the start. ;)

G.I.Jew
May 31, 2004, 08:25 PM
Five months short of 18...saving up for that Garand to get on my birthday

Skunkabilly
May 31, 2004, 09:09 PM
Yes living by other peoples rules can suck but you are at a point in your life where you have the most freedom with the least amount of responsibility.

no way...living by your own rules freely and responsibly is great...can't be beat.

Feanaro
May 31, 2004, 11:25 PM
Hit 16 four days ago, so I guess I qualify.

Im not looking to ever own more than 15 or so guns.

I thought that when I got my first. By the time I got the second, I knew better. I know me fairly well (never spent more time with anyone ;)) and I'll probably never quite buying "toys." No point in lying to myself, I'm infected.

Joshua Hutchison
June 1, 2004, 12:01 AM
I'll be 18 in october :D

TechBrute
June 1, 2004, 12:07 AM
I don't agree with the people that say your best years are in your teens. Somewhere between 21 and 23, my life started uphill in a big way. I'm now 30-something, married, 1.5 kids, a dog and cat, home, cars, guns, and all things life has to offer. Seriously, teens have fun, but the real quality of life hits in your 20's. YMMV

WonderNine
June 1, 2004, 12:45 AM
I'm 24 going on 12, does that count? :D

Dionysusigma
June 1, 2004, 03:23 AM
What TheFumegator (Wes) said... but I'll be 21 in mid-April (2005) :(

MagKnightX
June 1, 2004, 06:44 AM
I will be 17 this coming December. December 23, actually, so I'm just two days away from being Jesus!*

(*I apologize if this statement offends anybody religious here)

TechBrute
June 1, 2004, 08:57 AM
I'm just two days away from being Jesus! It doesn't offend me, since you're actually about 732922 days away from being born on the same day. Personally, I wouldn't want to be Jesus. I couldn't handle the pressure.

sturmruger
June 1, 2004, 11:38 AM
I think the advice to try and save your money is a good one. By the time I was 16 I owned four guns. My Mom and Dad were really good about helping me aquire new guns. My first gun ever was a Ruger 10-22 that was the best $130 I ever spent.

WarMachine
June 1, 2004, 04:45 PM
I'm 16

I only own two guns, but that will change once I fix up my car (an '86 Buick Grand National) and get a job :evil:

The Crazy Gobbo
June 1, 2004, 04:55 PM
Something of a lurker, I'm turning 16 this month. Am considering heading out to the Manchester Firing Line(?) for my birthday.

No guns for me, :( not sure how the law works around here, just having moved in a year ago from out of state.

Roc_Kor
June 1, 2004, 07:16 PM
I'm 15 here. Turning 16 in October. I plan to get a summer job so I can save up for a 1911 by the end of summer. If I keep my grades up, my Dad's gonna buy me a SAR-1/WASR-10 AK-47 around the end of June! :D:D:D:neener:

Moparmike
June 1, 2004, 08:06 PM
no way...living by your own rules freely and responsibly is great...can't be beatSure Skunk. But you and I know from experience that even if you are out on your own, being broke sucks. At least I dont have to pay for the roof over my head. Been there, done that, and even at $150 a month it sure as hell eats into a $680/mo income.

A little advice from someone who was your age not 3 years ago: Your parents are occasionally right. No matter how much you cant stand them, live at home while going to college and taking a part-time job. Your wallet will appreciate it. Mine did, and I have a Mercedes to show for it (albeit as old as I am, it still glistens like the day it rolled on the showroom). Oh, yeah: stay on your parent's insurance as long as you can, it will pay off. Get a gas card or a credit card with a small limit like one from http://www.1fbusa.com/ and pay it off every time. The one from 1fbusa that I had was 0% APR w/ no annual fee on the first $250. Its great for gas. Saves writing a check and builds credit ratings.

I am 20, and 46 days from 21. I will not be able to get myself a firearm BDay present, maybe I will get some ammo instead. McNett has promised me a discount...:D

atek3
June 1, 2004, 08:49 PM
What TechBrute said. High School was fun, and so was college. But I'm 22 and having quite a bit of fun now that I have the free time to screw around, do martial arts, and shoot guns. Oh and AFFORD to shoot guns. I remember in college I'd miss shooting matches, not because I didn't have guns, but because I couldn't afford ammo :(
Starting early rules, however, you can build marksmanship when you are at your physical peak. By your late 20's you'll be able to be crack shots, if you take shooting seriously.

atek3

TechBrute
June 1, 2004, 09:34 PM
Remember:

$500 in beer, worthless 12 hours later.
$500 in car, worthless 12 months later.
$500 in gun, valuable 12 years later, priceless when your life depends on it.

Skunkabilly
June 2, 2004, 12:36 AM
But I'm 22 and having quite a bit of fun now that I have the free time to screw around, do martial arts, and shoot guns. Oh and AFFORD to shoot guns.

Atek3, if you were still in college, there would have been no 'Summer of Tacticality' with Scott Reitz, the Skunk and SWAT on opening night :evil:

Ain't freedom garand? :)

Lightsped
June 2, 2004, 09:12 AM
I too had fun when I was in my teens. But it was just small simple fun. Nothing that great, but still fun. Problem was I was so limited in so many ways. Money (I used to think going out and spending 25 bucks on a G.I.Joe tank was a major purchase), underage legalities, transportation, dependance on others, etc....

Now that I am alittle older I have sooooo many more hobbies. More money to fund these hobbies, and almost the same amount of freedom I had when I was in my teens (I am single, no kids).

Anyways, for me, life is better now, but in a different way. My horizons are much broader, my piggy bank is much larger, and I haven't gained that many more responsiblities.

So enjoy your teenage years while you have them, but be ready for bigger and better things that are waiting just behind the corner.

TheLastBoyScout
June 2, 2004, 01:05 PM
18 in October.

I've been following the advice about saving money by not wasting it on worthless/transitory crap.

I've got a small collection, 1 rifle & 1 pistol, but sticking to this plan has allowed me to buy quality weapons (ok, give my dad good cash gifts in exchange for quality weapons (under 18, wink wink nudge nudge)), and will give me enough money to get a couple of decent rifles the day I turn 18.

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