guns you've fired in your lifetime

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  1. Carolina Kalash

    Carolina Kalash Member

    May 15, 2011
    Lake Wylie, South Carolina
    I know many of you own more than I've had a chance to shoot but here goes

    In no particular order:
    Rossi .22lr and .410ga
    Ruger MkIII
    Remington 700 .30-06 & .270
    Remington 870
    Remington 1187
    Keltec p40
    Taurus .22lr revolver
    Bushmaster Carbine
    Beretta 92
    Glock 23
    Springfield Armory M1911
    WASR 10
    Arsenal SAM 7
    Burst fire M16A2
    Winchester Model 70 .300 Win & 7mm Rem Mag
    Savage 110 .300 Win
    Marlin 336
    Marlin model 60
    Remington 742 .30-06
    Mosin-Nagant 91/30 and M44
    Norinco SKS
    M1 Garand
    Lee Enfield MkIII
    Springfield M1903A3
    Ruger SR22
    Browning hi-power
    CVA Wolf Muzzle loader
    Ruger Gunsite
    Saiga rifle 7.62
    Hi Point .380
    Old Remington single shot .22
    Remington Over/under 12ga
    Mossberg 535

    And there's probably a few I've forgotten...
  2. JeeperCreeper

    JeeperCreeper Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Under A Rock
    Not enough...
  3. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    SE GA
    A lot but not as many as some. I've probably shot more than 50 different .22s.

    Honestly, I'm not going to try to remember them all to compile a list.
  4. T.R.

    T.R. Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Manatee County, Florida
    The two worst kickers I've fired have been an older Winchester in .348 and a 12 gauge slug gun. Both recoiled heavily taking all the fun out of shooting.

  5. Normandy

    Normandy Member

    Oct 5, 2014
    rural SC
    At one time, I owned at least one (sometimes several) firearm from every country that participated in WWII. Long, long list there. Plus an M1 carbine from each manufacturer during WWII, and almost had two of each, plus some spares. Over a dozen M1 rifles. But when the collection was occupying 4 gun safes AND my walk-in closet could no longer be walked into, my wife helped me "see the light".
    Now, I'm down to one or two each of my favorite shooters. The only gun I've ever wanted to shoot, and haven't yet, is a full-auto. I could rent one at Palmetto State Armory, but just haven't done it yet.
  6. Bo

    Bo Member

    Jul 8, 2007
    I've shot a lot of the same common rifles and handguns as everyone else but the most impressive were,
    M-60 machinegun
    M-2 50 cal. machinegun
    90 mm tank round
    45 cal. grease gun, all while in the U. S. of A. Army
  7. lpsharp88

    lpsharp88 Member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Berea, KY
    Won't bother with the everyday stuff like Glocks or 1911's, but some of the more fun or interesting guns I've shot include:
    MK19, M2, M249 SAW, M240 B, AT4, and a MP5
  8. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Like some others, there have been too many to try to even think about making a list. For me one gun that was a lot of fun to shoot was a Desert Eagle .44 Magnum. On the other end of the spectrum the one gun that had the least amount of enjoyment to use was an Astra Model 600. Plenty of good times with my Ruger 10/22, Colt AR15, and with every single action revolver and 1911 I have ever had the pleasure of shooting.
  9. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    The one that sticks out in my mind was the hardest recoiling I've shot. It was an original Trapdoor Springfield rifle cut down to carbine size. Firing full bore 45-70 405g cartridges a few times convinced me to sell it.

    The most fun "firearm" wasn't really a firearm at all. It was a rocket launcher, a Bazooka, firing HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) rounds. The result of hitting the target, an old retired half track, was spectacular. We were supposed to be firing inert warheads, but they did not have any, so we were issued HEAT rounds.

    Eventually, we had to stop because pieces of the half track were exploding back dangerously close to us. They actually make a whirring noise as they fly towards you.
  10. bangswitch

    bangswitch Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    western NC
    .22S,L, and LR
    7.62x51 (M60)
    300 Win Mag
    .50BMG (M-2)
    7.92x57 (MG-42 [Hitler's Zipper])
    .410 bore
    20 gauge
    16 gauge
    12 gauge
    10 gauge
    40mm (M430 grenade/ MK19)
    .41 Mag
    .44 Mag
    .45 Auto
    Maybe a couple I've forgotten

    I'll have to say the M2, MK19 and MG42 were the most fun.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  11. donato

    donato Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    155mm Howitzer
  12. ozarkhillbilly

    ozarkhillbilly Member

    Jul 18, 2005
    The most interesting guns I have shot.

    Thompson 45acp full auto
    MP5 9mm full auto
    Sten full auto
    M-16 full auto Vietnam era
    M-4 full auto
    Uzi full auto
    1897 Winchester 12g, manufacture yr 1911
    Old 12g sawed off to 12in (it helps to know lots of police, with college buddy who heads up a swat team)
  13. sauer1911

    sauer1911 Member

    Aug 12, 2013
    west coast
    most memorable
    Thompson .45 sub machine gun

    unsuspecting boom
    7mm rem magnum

    just so big
    S&W 500 8" stainless monster.

    be safe
  14. deadin

    deadin Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    Ocean Shores, WA
    I'm almost 74 and got my first gun at 12.
    I have better things to do with the rest of my life than trying to remember every gun that has passed through my hands.
  15. VThillman

    VThillman Member

    Jan 15, 2015
    Southeastern Vermont
    I'll just list a few military;

    M1 Garand
    M1 carbine
    1911 GI

    The BAR was by far the most pleasurable to shoot.
  16. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Member

    May 9, 2007
    Metamora Illinois
    I'll probably miss some, but I'll give it a shot.

    Guns I've owned or still own:
    Marlin 60
    Savage .22 bolt gun
    Marlin 917
    Moss 500
    Beretta a300
    Ruger Red Label
    Single Six
    Beretta 92
    S&W M&P 40
    Springfield 1911
    HiPoint 995
    S&W 629
    Remington 742 .30-06
    Remington 700 .308
    Savage 9317 TR
    Walther PPQ 9mm
    PSA AR-15
    Saiga 7.62x39
    Bushmaster Predator
    DMPS Classic 16

    Notable (to me) guns I've shot:
    First gun I shot, Savage single shot break open 16ga, also killed my 2nd deer with it
    Barrett .50
    M1 Garand
    M1 Carbine
    03 Springfield
    Taurus Judge (interesting, but confirmed I dont have much interest in owning one)
    Brownig Abolt 7mm Rem Mag (1st deer)
  17. Onward Allusion

    Onward Allusion Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Too many to count over 25+ years to remember. Heck, I can't remember what I had for lunch last Monday!
  18. jaysouth

    jaysouth Member

    Sep 1, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    In 1965, I was a member of the 8th Division in Germany. My assigned weapon at one point was an M-14E2. An M-14 with a funny looking stock and a bipod. It was supposed to replace the BAR, the E2 fit the slot but was not an adequate replacement for the BAR. I digress, in NATO, there was an annual competition, "Prix-Leclerc". I was required to participate in the first round of automatic rifle competition. To my suprise, I made that and two more eliminations.

    The round consisted of a gunner and an assistant gunner starting at the 600 meter line. When the whistle blew, we ran to the 500 meter line, plopped down and fired 20 rounds on auto. No single shots, no bursts greater than three rounds. We were graded on time(running), trigger maniuplation, and score on the paper. The gunner and assistant swapped roles, the whistle blew again and the race was on for the 400 meter line and 20 more rounds.

    It was fun and got us out of the daily grind of motor pool maintenance, boring classes, and guard duty. But we got got to practice with some Dutch and British teams. Both used Bren guns for their auto rifle role. The Dutch were .303, and the Brits had converted their Bren guns to 7.62 Nato.

    Either were vastly superior to our M-14s cobbled together to be an AR as an afterthought. Our best teams could not beat their middlin' teams.

    Ditto for the Machine gun competition. The Germans were using MG-1, which was an MG-42 with sight modifications. The Brits were using the GPMG (they called the 'gimpy') which is the same MG that we waited until 1986 to adopt as the M-240. Both were vastly superior to our M-60s of the day. On the MG-1, you could change three hot barrels in the time it took to change out an M-60 barrel.

    At a training day at the Baumholder ranges, I got to shoot both the Brit and the German MGs. The only problem I had with the MG-1 was trigger manipulation. It had a cyclic rate double the Gimpy or M-60.

    I never made the US Army team, but I sure had a lot of fun, evaded some boring duty and got to shoot some really neat weapons.
  19. White Walker

    White Walker Member

    Dec 4, 2014
    1861 Springfield rifled musket
    Enfield rifled musket
    1810 dated .69 cal musket made by Asa Waters
    1853 slant breech sharps sporting rifle in .36 caliber
    1865 sharps three band military rifle converted to 45-70 by J.P.Lower
    Various Pennsylvania Longrifle's
    Belgian .69 smooth bore musket
    Original 3rd model 1851 Colt Navy
    " 1860 Colt Army
    Reproduction Walkers
    Thompson smg. I got to be a Thompson Gunner for a few minutes!
    British Sten
    Main (105mm) gun on any one of my 5 M-60 main battle tanks (in the Army)
    Browning .50 M-2 1918 (Ma Deuce)
    M-85 .50 Cupola mounted on an M-60 tank.
    7.62 NATO Co-ax M.G. On M-60 tanks
    82mm Mortar
    105mm artillery piece
    106mm recoiless rifle (I hope I remember the caliber correctly. Only once for familiarization.
    M-16. Old first type without the butt trap compartment.
    .45 acp 1911
    .45 acp 1917 Colt
    .45 acp 1917 S&W
    Various Colt SAA's
    1903 Springfields and Rock Island Arsenals
    Various U.S. Krags
    GEW 98 that'd been picked up in a trench after the 2nd battle of the Somme in the Argon by my wife's first husbands dad.
    1891 Argentine Mauser
    Several Long Lee Enfields
    Several SMLE 1 Mk III's
    A double barreled percussion shotgun from The Jesse James Home and Museum in Clay County, MO that I was asked to clean and conserve. I just had to try it out with their permission. Yea, Jesse had hunted with it before.
    Several .22's
    M1 rifle and carbine
    M-60 Machine Gun
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2015
  20. Browning Guy

    Browning Guy Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    SE Mich.
    In over 50 years of shooting and wood tromping, I can't remember all the ones I have shot but there are a couple left on my "bucket list". I finally crossed the Thompson off a couple years ago but two I still want to try are a 50-100 Sharps "buffalo gun", and a BAR.
  21. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    Aug 23, 2012
    I've also been shooting for 50 years. I grew up on a trap range. I saw so many shotguns I couldn't begin to count the different brands and types and I shot my share of them. Some cost as much as $3000 back then. They would be worth about $25,000 or more today. No I didn't get to shoot those. No one shot them.

    My dad bought and sold guns like it was Christmas every day. We had dozens laying around most of the time. I couldn't shoot many of them because dad wouldn't shoot them either. But I shot plenty. I've spend long hours at the gun range swapping guns with other people shooting all sorts of rifles. I went to a range with a guy one day when we shot up at least $4000 worth of ammo through a dozen different guns including 3 full auto examples - an HK, an M-16, and a .308 rifle I have no idea what brand it was. We had people write long letters to the local newspaper complaining about the noise we made. It was great!

    I've bought and sold a bunch of guns over the years. I've settled on keeping about 20. That seems to keep me satisfied. More than that and they just end up sitting in the safe. They do that now come to think of it.

    I'd have to remember literally hundreds of guns I've shot over the years. I've shot the classics and I've shot the crud. I've shot the odd stuff that is a collectors item now (like a Nylon 66) and I've shot the common stuff that everyone has shot (like an 870 or more like 20 versions of an 870 - I couldn't even tell you how many of them I've owned over the years much less how many I've shot).

    There are many, many guns in the world and I want to shoot them all. I've shot AR-10's, full auto AK's, Mac 10's, Tec 9's. Hi-Point, Herstal, HK, Marlins, Mausers, Ravens, Rugers, Rock River, Remington, Colt, CZ, Charter Arms, Ithaca, Kahr, Savage, Sig, S&W, Armalite, Winchester, a dozen different AK's,... Etc. This list doesn't even begin to cover the issue. Not even close.

    I can't imagine knowing every gun I've shot. Maybe that just proves I'm old but I've been around guns a very long time too.
  22. Malamute

    Malamute Member

    May 12, 2004
    Rocky Mts
    A couple memorable ones.

    I met an old geezer dude, he used to be into guns and shooting, but hadnt pursued it in years. He met up with some of us locals that liked to shoot and he rekindled the urge. He showed me some of his collection. One was a Ruger Hawkeye in 256 cal with a two digit serial number. He said he knew Bill Ruger and got many of their new gun models of that time with the same serial number. He asked if I wanted to shoot it, I said sure, it sounds fun. We took it out, along with some other stuff he had. I shot a few rounds, and asked him how he liked shooting it. He said it was unfired before I shot it.

    He also had an artillery Luger in 7.56 cal. Very cool to shoot.

    Another friend had a custom built Gemmer style 50-70 trapdoor built on an original Allen conversion gun. Very cool piece of history. He had owned a sizable number of original Sharps buffalo guns over time. He tried to shoot each one he got, even if just a few rounds. I was able to shoot some of them if I was around at the right times.
  23. bakerj

    bakerj Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    Coolest one had to be the GE Mini Gun.


    Stoner 63
    SR-25 w/ QD Suppressor

    All super fun:D
  24. Thermactor

    Thermactor member

    Mar 13, 2008
    In my whole life?

    Too few to list.
  25. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    Umm...yeah. fighting a migraine or I would start the list. Last I counted I stock 40 different ammo types in 32 calibers, and that's for my own collection. That doesn't include guns and calibers I have sold. Add in my buddies guns, rentals, etc and I bet that the list gets mighty close to 100 calibers...CALIBERS...not yo even head off into brands and models. No doubt that number gets well into the 3 digits, especially if you count variations of very similar guns (4"ss, 4"blue, 6"ss 6"blue gp100)(rem 700 adl, bdl, vtr...)(1911 alphabet soup) j frame models, k frame models etc. Just listing guns I have owned (I keep track) is over 100 and I'm down to a fraction of that now.
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