How did you get your first firearm?

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  1. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    First one I personally owned was a Ruger Blackhawk .357mag I bought shprtly after my 18th birthday.Prior to that, when I turned 13, and had completed hunter saftey, I was using a Mossberg bolf action .410 my uncle got as a kid and had left with my dad for 20+ years, as he wasnt ever "into" guns or hunting, or dad's Ruger Red Label 20 or 12 ga for hunting/skeet, or his Remingtom 1100 12ga for trap.

    Side note, I move to Evanston,WY next week for a new job (thank goodness), and will be living on Remington Dr, which intersects Remington Circle. I think I may like WY.....:D
  2. rojocorsa

    rojocorsa Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    PRK, People's Republic of California
    I inherited two shotguns from my Grandfather. A Win. Ranger 120 and a beautiful Rem 870 Wingmaster

    and after he passed when we were going through his stuff I found a huge bonus: An 1887 Swedish Nagant, made by Husqvarna. It was probably used by my great grandfather in the Mexican Revolutionary War (1910-ish)

    The revolver is quite similar to the Russian Nagant Mod. 1895, except for the fact that it fires 7.5x22R. It has small spots of rust, but has its original finish because it's been very well preserved.

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    Sep 12, 2008
    San Gabriel Valley
    Yea ,S&H Green Stamps, I dont remember how many books
  4. the foot

    the foot Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    I inherited my uncle's L. C. Smith side-by-side, 16 gauge, modified/improved cylinder. I still hunt with it 46 years later.
  5. Carlos Cabeza

    Carlos Cabeza Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Okie City, OK.
    Well, Dad of course ! After I passed my red ryder training course I was given a Stevens .410 / .22 over and under at the age of 10. I brought mom a squirrel, rabbit, dove, or quail nearly every day. Sometimes more than one ! We lived on 80ac. near Alvin, TX. and had access to hundreds more. Good question ! Thanks for takin' me back for a moment !
  6. dtalley

    dtalley Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    1969 Birthday present from parents, 9 years old. Winchester Model 290 semi auto 22LR.
  7. JKimball

    JKimball Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    Orem, UT
    I bought a Daisy Powerline 856 in the fifth grade or so with money I earned working in our orchard. (1$ per bushell of pears picked, and 2$ per flat of rasberries.) Dad covered 1/3 of the cost of the gun.

    A year or so later I bought a Marlin model 60 .22 with my paper route money.
  8. the_right_reverend

    the_right_reverend Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Sneads Ferry, Nc
    My granddaddy gave me a $100 for working on his farm during the summer......
    I spent $89 at Walmart for a Marlin Golden 39
  9. David N

    David N Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    I wasn't raised by my Dad so I didn't learn the traditional sporting things.

    When I was 27 I had a pair of stereo speakers a friend wanted badly. He thought they would look nice in his Jeep. He traded me all kinds of stuff for them, including a WWII Jap infantry rifle. I wasn't into guns then and never did shoot it. I eventually sold it. I now know they fire a pretty powerful round and wish I had kept it.

    14 years ago I was assaulted with deadly force in a case of mistaken identity. I VERY QUICKLY became interested in guns. I'm embarassed to say the first gun I bought was a Jennings .22. It was only $50 used and it would fit in my pocket for 24/7 carry. A few years later I bought a Bulgarian Makarov, one of the surplus ones imported by P.W. Arms. It was in like new condition with the original accessories. It was 100% reliable and easy to field strip. Eventually I taught myself to shoot it pretty well with just one hand. They now sell for twice what I paid for it and I wish I had never sold it.
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  10. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    stole it at gun point :scrutiny:

    besides the stevens and sears 22lr's the school provided from 3rd grade on, my 1st honest firearm was a 38 zip gun made from a friends dads plumbing stuff. i was 10 than ; it worked fine though the grumps directed our energies towards other hobbies--.049 airplanes like the PT-19 that was held together with rubber bands.
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  11. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    I bought my first firearm...
  12. Aaron12

    Aaron12 Member

    Sep 30, 2008
    Explain please :D sounds interesting..
  13. ZeroCool

    ZeroCool Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    A topic that brings up both happy and sad memories...

    The sad:
    I received my first firearm from my father when I was seventeen. Unfortunately I received due to the fact that he died on the day that I graduated from High School. It was his Mossberg 500 deer gun and it was just about his most cherished possession. He was far from a wealthy man and it is just about the only inheritance that I received.

    The happy:
    Had it not been for my Dad's passing, I probably would not have been able to get a firearm until I moved out on my own. My Mom and Dad separated when I was young and though I always had a passion for guns, my mom was very anti and always vowed to never have a gun in her house. Well of course she could not deny my fathers shotgun after his death, so it was the perfect introduction; she learned that guns were not evil and let me add many more to my collection before I moved out on my own.

    Though I am only 24 today, I am happily married with a house of my own. I can promise you that nothing will ever, ever make me give up that shotgun.

    Miss ya' Dad...
  14. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    my first was a stevens .22 bolt action single shot. .22 short, .22 long, and .22lr.

    i was 5 years old. within a month i was handy as a handle with it, and by the time i was 8 i was off on expeditions with it alone.

    we lived on a little over a hundred acres, with 5 good sized stock tanks. at 8 years old i would cut about 10 of it around our house on an old ford 9n tractor with a brush hog. (i know it sounds crazy but i swear its the truth, it was different times back then)

    once i had the tractor at my disposal, with the brush hog as my mule pack (pto disengaged) i had it made. it was plenty big enough for an ice chest (green steel coleman) with a few yoohoo's a sandwich and whatever fishing bait i could scrounge up. there was also a box on the brushhog with three point attachment bars for other tractor implements. i had a suede leather rifle holster that i could put the rifle in and hang it on the rear fender of the tractor so that i could reach it from the seat.

    i went everywhere on that tractor and never got into any trouble except for when i wouldnt come home before dark, but the tractor had lights, lol.

    its weird that i was cut loose so young because my dad passed when i was 16. it seemed like he let me kinda grow up early that way, which is so strange to me now.

    on a side note, the rifle he gave me was found in a barn that had burned to the ground on that land before he bought it.

    the stock was completely gone and he MADE one for that rifle and refinished the action and barrel.

    when he finished tooling out the stock he used a torch to put burn marks like leopard spots on the wood, then sanded, stained, and clearcoated it.

    its a great looking little rifle and i still have it.

    i need to go shoot it.

    (sorry for the long post but my first rifle was alot more than my first firearm)
  15. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    Jul 4, 2007
    NAS Pensacola
    First firearm was a Crossman 1500 22 air rifle, which I shot the daylights out of. My first "real" fiream was Rohm .38 my dad gave me when I moved into my first apartment. First one I ever bought was a JLD PTR-91. (Odd choice, but I just got back from deployment, and had the cash to burn.)
  16. Nuernberg

    Nuernberg Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Basic Traininig in the german military 1992 ....
    G3 Assault rifle P8 Pistol and MP5 SMG.

    My first Gun since i moved to the US was an little Savage Model 64
  17. zombie666

    zombie666 Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Southern U. S.
    My first gun was a Stevens bolt action, single shot .22 I got when I was nine years old. It was given to me by my older brother, who got it while working the night shift at a Billups service station. A guy came in and traded it to him for a tank of gas. I've still got it. The gun is especially precious to me because my brother died of a heart condition a few years later.
  18. pharmer

    pharmer Member

    Aug 30, 2004
    Santo las Nubes, Fl
    Traded a Daisy Red Ryder for a Marlin 7shot B/A. In 1965 when I was 12. My nephew still has it. Joe
  19. climbnjump

    climbnjump Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    Upper Midwest
    My Father was not a hunter or otherwise into firearms. He did have a single shot .22 on the farm that he kept for "varmints" of one kind or another.

    I'm not sure how old I was - probably 8 or 9 - when I did get a Daisy BB gun for Christmas. That thing was my constant - and I mean constant - companion on the farm for years after.

    When I was 12, I raised a hog for a 4-H project. I took that hog - a gilt that I had named Petunia - to the county fair and won a blue ribbon. Upon returning home, my Dad informed me that it was now time to sell Petunia. I had known, of course, that that day was coming. But by then, Petunia was every bit the pet to me that my dog was. My Father, seeking to soften the blow of losing my pet hog, said to me: "Son, you've wanted a .22 rifle for some time. You are now old enough, and the sale of that hog will provide you the money you need to buy a rifle." So, Petunia went off to market and to be honest, my heart was certainly not as heavy as it might have otherwise been.

    I remember opening the check from the packing house when it came in the mail. It was for $42 and change. Dad took me to the hardware store in town, and I bought a brand new Remington Model 541 .22 rifle. It cost $40 and the other $2 bought ammo. That was almost 40 years ago. It would be impossible to count all of the rabbits, squirrels, pidgeons, tin cans and other targets that fell prey to that rifle in the ensuing years of my youth.

    Although I don't shoot it much anymore it is still - and always will be - a very prized member of my firearm collection.
  20. AcroPilot

    AcroPilot Member

    Oct 8, 2008
    My uncle gave me a pull-knob single shot .22 when I was 12 yrs old. I forget the manufacturer.

    It and a few other guns were stolen about 35 years ago, so I no longer have it.
  21. patb01

    patb01 Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I bought my first gun when I moved from Chicago to Albuquerque New Mexico, I always wanted a GI 45 pistol, never could get one living with anti gun parents, then in Cook County, when I got out here and got my own apartment I purchased a big screen TV and a Springfield GI 45.

    When I asked about a permit the Salesman just told me I didn't need one, except for concealed carry.
  22. RP88

    RP88 Member

    Jan 1, 2008
    bought one. Sold it to fund a better one. Have since bought two additional ones to my parents' dismay.
  23. ruger_dude

    ruger_dude Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Well I started shooting my dad's guns when I was 3 don't worry he was a certified Firearms Instructror. Well my Grandpa gave me a Henry for my 8th birthday. Then when I was 13 my Dad gave me his old Glock 22 he was going out of town for the weekend and he wanted me to watch out for the house and Family.
  24. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    Stevens model 34 bolt-action .22 bought by my parents in 1968 for my 12th birthday. Still have it and it still drives tacks.:cool:
  25. BorisDaBastid

    BorisDaBastid Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Iraq!!! Yeah!!!
    I was 25 when I got my first "short-term owned" firearm. My Drill made us all stand in a line to get our M16A4s out of the armsroom. 14 weeks of pure bliss.

    Seriously though, last summer, while home on leave with out my wife, I went to a gunstore to just drool, and found a Mosin for cheap. I figured it was easier to buy a gun with out discussing it with my simi-anti wife, and all the better that she was not around to say "no".

    Thankfuly, when I told her about it on the phone that evening, she wasn't miffed at all. Actually, she kinda figured I'd do something sneaky like that while she was still in germany.
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