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What was the first gun you ever bought for yourself?

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  1. FlSwampRat

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    Inspired by Olon's post. As the title of the thread says, first gun you bought yourself, not handed down or a gift. I was 21 when I bought my first Python. But, guns are like potato chips, you can't just buy one!
     
  2. MifflinKid

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    A High Standard Sentinel Deluxe 9 shot .22LR revolver. I bought it used, with a holster, on my 21st birthday in 1972. As I recall I paid $35.

    It killed a lot of rats at the township dump.
     
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    It's been so long ago,,,
    I can't remember which I purchased first.

    It was either the British .303 I mail-ordered from the Aldens catalog around 1965 for $14.95 plus $1.00 shipping,,,
    Or the French Lebel revolver I bought at a farm auction for (I believe) $10.00.

    I still have the Lebel,,,
    It's actually quite a good shooter.

    Aarond

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    Mossberg pump shotgun, with the extra barrel and a S&W model 66. Bought them at the same time.
     
  5. Bama59

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    S&W model 581 .357 20 years ago , very gun dumb back then didn't know what I had
     
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    Ruger 10/22
     
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    It was a Remington Nylon 12 .22lr. The nylon rifles had only been out a year or so and I really liked the looks of it. I worked for a neighbor farmer at a dollar an hour and it took a week's pay to buy the rifle. I think I was 15 at the time, a lot of years ago.
     
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    I bought a boxed nickel model 27 S&W just before I got married at the old age of 20.
    Up until then, my dad kept me pretty well armed.
     
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    At about 12 I had my parents buy me a Marlin 80DL .22 target rifle with money I'd earned.

    If only I'd known about trigger jobs I could have shot so much better, although I don't know where in NYC it could have been done..
     
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    18 years old....I ordered a Winchester 9422. Best gun I ever owned.....biggest regret I've ever had selling a gun.
     
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  11. Rodentman

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    In 1972 I bought a 4" S&W 28. I think it was a dash 2. Like a fool I sold it, but I recently got another one from 1976 but with a 6" bbl. I don't part with guns anymore.
     
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    This, at age 22.
     

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    Ruger Single-Six convertable, 6" bbl.
     
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    I’m not sure I remember. I think it was a Colt 1991 and a NAA mini I bought both from my dad the same day. He had purchased several guns from a pawn shop going out of business to resale most of them.

    I easily could have bought some before that, but if I did I don’t remember.
     
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    In 1974 I bought an old 12 gauge shotgun. Kept it in my dorm in college.
     
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    Remington Model Seven in .308.
     
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    An R/G-14 bought at a Payless Drug Store for $29.95.
    My, how the world has changed... .

    It was soon supplemented by an 1858 Remington cap-and-ball clone, bought on lay-away from a Bi-Mart for $69.95.
    I still have this one.
     
  19. FlSwampRat

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    Wow, some great guns. Some I've owned, a few I've thought about owning, especially the double deuces. I have to admit I fell in love with the Python from a photo spread in Shooting Times March '74 edition. Pure gun porn. Luckily I picked a great gun to start with. My Dad, Jersey City LEO, carried a Colt Official Police .38 so we could use the same 38s at the range and we had a lot of fun poking holes in targets.
    Yes, I bought that Python in NJ and in 1974 I was boggled by all the legal hoops I had to jump through back then. Can't imagine what it's like in 2019.
    I was telling someone a story about seeing the gun on the cover, so I jumped online to see if maybe there was a picture of the cover of that issue of ST. Lo and behold there was, on an ebay auction! I bought it for old time's sake.
    Shooting Times sm.JPG
     
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    In Spring'73 a few months after my 21st birthday, I purchased a NIB 4" blue Ruger Security Six serial 150-33573.
     
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    Model 28-2 in 1987 for $250.00. Still have it.
     
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  23. .308 Norma

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    Wow! I could have almost quoted your post and just said "+1," MifflinKid. And I was only a few years ahead of you.
    The first gun I bought for myself was a High Standard Sentinel (don't know if it was a "Deluxe") 9-shot .22LR revolver too. Only differences were I was probably only about 17 or 18, and I bought the gun through my mom's and dad's country store in 1965, or early 1966. It seems like I still paid close to $30.00 for mine though, and that was wholesale. So you must have gotten a bargain if you only paid $35.00 for yours in 1972.:)
    I too killed a lot of rats at the county dump with mine. It also accounted for a lot of forest grouse, and put more than one ran-over cat out of its misery over the years. I foolishly sold my High Standard Sentinel sometime back in the '80s.:(
     
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  24. tygranch

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    Remington 591 5mm magnum in 1979, followed shortly by a Marlin in .22 magnum. The guy I bought the 5mm from neglected to tell me Remington discontinued the ammo. Still have the rifle and a couple of boxes of original ammo plus some of the Aguila.
     
  25. Ignition Override

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    Imitation M-1 Carbine, by Auto Ordnance: brand-new, from Guns And Ammo in Memphis.

    Age 52, in 2007. The gun soon suffered a serious malfunction, and it was immed. sold when it was returned from the factory. Really bad first impression of a modern, semi-auto US-made rifle.
     
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