What firearm have you owned the longest?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Eugen, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. C.R.

    C.R. Member

    Jul 19, 2014
    south centeral Wisconsin
    The gun that I have had the longest time would be my Mossberg 500 in 12 Gauge . I got in around 1982, made payments at the hardware store , and brought her home , I decided that a 12 Gauge would be a good start as you can hunt almost anything from squirrils to bears with one , and they work well as a home defense also , as a working kid on a budget it seemed to be a good plan. Before I got the shotgun I had bought a Marlin .22 that jammed all the time , but someone swiped that one
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  2. Bfh_auto

    Bfh_auto Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Model 65 Smith and a SKS.
    Bought both when I was 18.
  3. Steve Milbocker

    Steve Milbocker Member

    Dec 29, 2019
    An Excel 20ga single shot given to me by my grandfather in 1967 when I was 12. It was given to him by my grandma while they were still dating:). Still have it.
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  4. dh1633pm
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    dh1633pm Contributing Member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Central New York
    Swedish Mauser.
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  5. bassjam

    bassjam Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    I've had my 870 Express for 23 years, got it when I was 17. The story is that it was time to pick out a high school class ring. Even though my parents never had a lot of disposable income my mom thought it was really important to have one, and comparing hers to the offerings they decided on giving me a budget of $300 to pick out a ring.

    Well, this was also around the time a neighbor who I baled hay for was trying to convince me to start deer hunting. I had recently spent all the money I had saved up buying my first truck, and Dad only had a couple .22's and a youth .410. But it just so happened Dick's put up their 870 Express combo package for sale at $300 that week. I asked if I could get the gun with the ring money instead; Mom thought it was a horrible idea and that I'd regret it, but Dad thought that a gun was much more useful than a ring and it was one of the few disagreements I remember Dad winning. All of my friends were pretty jealous when they'd ask where my class ring was and I'd tell them it was at home in a gun case, every one responded with "I wish I had thought of doing that!!"

    I couldn't tell you how many thousand rounds have gone through it, and it's so broken in I've never picked up an 870 with an action as smooth as this one's. It served as my deer gun until a few years ago when Ohio allowed straight walled rifle cartridges and I got a .357 lever action, and I occasionally still used it for clays and dove up through this year when I wanted to throw more lead than my 20ga. The 12ga Benelli semi-auto I just got last month might finally prevent me from getting the 870 out of the safe much in the future, but it's served its purpose for 23 years and I have no regrets skipping out on a class ring!


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  6. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Winchester Boy's Rifle, a Christmas present in 1952.
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  7. P5 Guy

    P5 Guy Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Tampa Bay area
    This one

  8. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    IMG_0194 (1).JPG Ithaca 12 gauge pump model 37 Featherlight in 1969 when I was 19. I still have it and it was my first firearm. It didn't take me long to figure out it could be slam fired.:what:
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  9. Rexster

    Rexster Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    I bought a pre-owned S&W Model 58 in 1985, and was documentably carrying it as a duty handgun by late 1985. I still have it, and it still shoots, though it would be best to have action tightened, either by peening/stretching and fitting existing parts, or replacing and fitting new parts. N-Frames are, really, too large for my K/L-Frame-sized hands to shoot double-action, so I am unlikely to be shooting this one with my aging hands, anymore, anyway.

    I bought a Seecamp LWS-25 some time in the mid-Eighties, and still have it, though the firing pin failed, so it would need to be repaired, in order to shoot it. (I removed the bushing, spring, and firing pin, then used it as a training prop, for my rookies to find, to prove that they searched an area well enough. I cannot be certain whether I bought the Seecamp before or after the S&W Model 58. The gun store is long gone, having been a total loss in a fire, and I doubt anyone kept the business going after the FFL holder passed away, so researching the sale date would be problematic.

    I grew up in a non-gun-owning family, so did not start buying long guns until late 1979, at the earliest, and handguns, until late 1982, at the earliest.
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  10. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Feb 12, 2011
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  11. Christian Roberts

    Christian Roberts Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Esat Stroudsburg PA
    The first firearm I ever bought was an Russian SKS with a laminated stock. I was doing new to me house maintenance in Virginia. I had just moved there from nazi jersey. I needed some hardware so I went to the nearest hardware store. Much to my surprise the store was stocked to the gills with old war surplus firearms and a very small rack of hardware. This was in Lynchburg VA I was working for United Express at the time. So I walked out of there with a receipt for an SKS and a bag of screws. I've had it for since 1995. from there the firearm flood gates opened and now I have over 35 firearms of all types in the safe a few Mosin's of coarse Remington 870's and a couple 700's. The gun in my profile pic is a Bergara B-14 BMP topped with a Sightron SIII 8-32 x56.
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  12. Bob Willman

    Bob Willman Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    Remington Model 511. Bolt action .22. Probably about 1953. A gift from my parents. It has accounted for many woodchucks, pigeons and other small game over the years. I think there was Daisy BB gun before that which I still have.
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  13. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    North Central Ohio
    My first firearm, like so many of my fifties era kinfolk, was a Winchester Model 67, .22, single-shot, bolt-action rifle that my dad gave to me on Christmas of 1957, when I was fourteen years old. A couple of years ago, I gave it to my oldest daughter for Christmas.

    My second firearm, and one that I still own and hunt with, is a Browning Double Auto shotgun that I bought new in 1961. I still regard it as the best auto shotgun ever made for hunting grouse and woodcock in heavy cover.
  14. AR. Hillbilly

    AR. Hillbilly Member

    Jan 3, 2021
    Eureka Springs Arkansas
    A Springfield single shot 22. My dad bought it for me in 1975. I was 8. I still have it. Shot it recently.
    I wish I had a dollar dor every round I ran through it as a kid.
  15. Koroner

    Koroner Member

    Nov 11, 2019
    southwest Utah
    In '79 I bought a S&W model 19 as my first gun. It was stolen for an hour the following year before tracking down the thief.
    In 2009 on the 30th anniversary of the purchase I posed with it and the same clerk who sold it to me!
    A factory tuneup and it is still smooth as butter.

    Gonna keep it for life so I can tell my 40 year old nephew I've had guns longer than he's had fingers! (he's a musician)
  16. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    "What firearm have you owned the longest? When did you get it? Do you still own it?"

    Well, I'm a gun whore. I buy what I want. Sell what no longer pleases me. Probably been through a hundred or so.

    Without a doubt, the firearm I have owned the longest is my Marlin Glenfield M-60.
    Bought it well-used in 1982-83, still have it. Can't remember the last time I shot it, probably ought to send it to my nephew who might get some use out of it.

    Runner-up would be my S&W M-66 no-dash, bought in 2004 or so.
    Still shoot it somewhat regularly.

    Just loaded up 50 rounds of 158 gr FP with Blue Dot. Guess I need to go burn up some of those rounds...and maybe load some more :)
  17. str8_4ward

    str8_4ward Member

    Jan 9, 2021
    Not really sure it counts?
    A pellet rifle Diana Model 24 D from 1968.
    Still popping occasionally a squirrel in my backyard.

    Of course, only during hunting season or when being attacked...............
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  18. Newtosavage

    Newtosavage Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    1959 winchester model 94 30-30 that I received in 1984 as a Christmas gift from my father. So I guess that's 36 years ago.
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  19. Dunross

    Dunross Member

    Aug 22, 2018
    A Ruger 10/22 bought about 1992. First gun I ever paid my own cash money for. Still have it.
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  20. Steve51

    Steve51 Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    West Union, IL
    My first firearm was a Steven .22LR/.410 over under. My dad bought it for my 12th birthday - it was used and he paid $24. I still have it (57 years)
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  21. Terry G

    Terry G Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    IMG_3703.JPG This. $12,95 plus $2.00 S&H. 100 rounds of 6.5 MM was $6.00. Sometimes the ammunition actually fired. I bought it mail order. I think it was legal back then. View attachment 970737
  22. B-Sharp

    B-Sharp Member

    May 25, 2020
    Bought and paid for a Ruger 10/22, when I was 13 in 1967. The next year I bought a 870 Deer Gun. [rifled sights]
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  23. welldoya

    welldoya Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    Mom and Dad gave me a Savage 24 22/20 for Christmas in ‘68 or ‘69. I’ve still got it.
    Dad bought himself a Winchester 1400 16 gauge and we walked many miles of fence rows hunting rabbits when we lived in Kentucky.
    I’ve bought two Savage 24s in the last month.
  24. BlueHeelerFl

    BlueHeelerFl Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Treasure Coast, FL
    The first firearm I bought was a Marlin 60 in the early 90s, which broke the first time I shot it. Long story, but due to me being clueless about guns back then and some poor customer service it never got fixed.

    I actually still own it. Last year I set up an old glass door gun rack in my living room and have it in display.

    The oldest gun I ever owned was a Yugo SKS that I wish I didn't sell.

    Currently was oldest gun is a S&W 63 that was made in 1998 I believe
  25. Bama59

    Bama59 Member

    Dec 17, 2017
    Dad kept his JC Higgins 12ga in bedroom closet many years covered in dust and cobwebs . He gave it to me around 1987 and kept it wrapped in a old blanket till cleaned it up 2012.
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