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Old February 25, 2012, 11:31 AM   #151
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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
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Old February 26, 2012, 08:10 AM   #152
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A friend almost brought a 9mm hi-point (wow, thats a big heavy pistol) but went for the ruger 9 for his frist pistol
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Old February 26, 2012, 09:03 AM   #153
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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.
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Old February 26, 2012, 05:50 PM   #154
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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.
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Old March 31, 2012, 08:09 AM   #155
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Did the barrel look like this one

Originally Posted by steve51 View Post
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
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Old March 31, 2012, 01:39 PM   #156
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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!
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Old March 31, 2012, 02:06 PM   #157
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Mine was/is a M1911A1 bought 41 years ago. I will never sell the beloved M1911A1.
Always keep your clothes and your weapons where you can find them in the dark. -- Robert A. Heinlein
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Old March 31, 2012, 03:18 PM   #158
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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.
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Old March 31, 2012, 03:21 PM   #159
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Remington 870 20 gauge when I was 11 or 12 for Christmas
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Old March 31, 2012, 04:40 PM   #160
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Westernfield 410 Single shot Bolt Action

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.
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Old March 31, 2012, 05:04 PM   #161
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Colt AR15 HBar. Still have it and it is one of my favorites.
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Old April 2, 2012, 09:14 AM   #162
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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.
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:45 PM   #163
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1st & 2nd GUN

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
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Old April 4, 2012, 10:00 PM   #164
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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.
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Old April 5, 2012, 08:20 PM   #165
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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.
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Old April 6, 2012, 08:12 AM   #166
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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).
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Old April 13, 2012, 06:06 PM   #167
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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 $$.
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Old April 13, 2012, 07:48 PM   #168
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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.
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Old April 13, 2012, 08:25 PM   #169
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That would be my model 1890 Winchester that my father gave me...........
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Old April 13, 2012, 11:08 PM   #170
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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.
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Old April 13, 2012, 11:16 PM   #171
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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.
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Old April 14, 2012, 11:33 AM   #172
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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.
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Old April 14, 2012, 12:41 PM   #173
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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!

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Old April 14, 2012, 02:28 PM   #174
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Savage Model 3 .22Short-.22Long-.22LR

Still have it.
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Old April 15, 2012, 06:02 PM   #175
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my winchester 1890 bought by my dad for me in 1965. wow!!! love that gun.
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