What was the gun that seeded your hobby?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lsudave, May 5, 2021.

  1. memtb

    memtb Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Not a specific firearm......more like a passion for firearms/hunting/shooting from soon after birth!
    It was probably a combination of firearms used by Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket, numerous cowboy actors, and a war movie or two! Though, while I have a passion for firearms, shooting, hand loading......I’m not a collector of firearms. Most were purchased with a specific goal in mind.......whether hunting, varmint hunting, or self defense!

    I loved hunting with family beginning @ about 5 years old which helped further instill a love for firearms. My first gun, @ age 7 was a Benjamin Pump! My first centerfire rifle at age 14, forced me through necessity to start hand loading @ age 15. My journey into the “rabbit hole” had begun! :) memtb
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  2. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    The Mid-South.
    Had never followed up with my Savage .22 after very seldom plonking sessions when young.

    Zoom up towards Age 52, 2007.Rifle: Mosin Nagant 91/30 and a MN 44.

    Handgun: Sauer 38H (WW2 .32 Auto) in about 2013...
    ... my very first handgun.
  3. CapnMac

    CapnMac Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    DFW (formerly Brazos County), Texas
    The 'bug' was there, but it was "for sure" around 13 or so being handed a 7.62nato Garand.
  4. Offhand McFlan

    Offhand McFlan Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    Them Keystone Alleghenies
    My first gun was an SKS in 1993 and over the next 18 years I bought and sold another 5 or 6 long guns, incl shotguns, just to experiment and have fun.

    It wasnt until 2011 that I lived in a gun-friendly state and bought my first handgun, a Bersa Thunder 45 Pro Ultra Compact. From there began my collection phase, and ended up with around 17 guns in the past 10 years. I just sold 7 (incl the Bersa) about 3mos ago, and came home with a Ruger P89 and a 357mag Windicator with a 4" bbl. I now have only 5 handguns and am fine with that for the time being. Because of space, funds, and a hyperactive 12 yr old I've decided to fall back and regroup myself and will likely not purchase guns as aggressively as I once did. I think my next gun purchase will be a long gun, but I'll be looking into buying a bigger safe before I do.
  5. Navy87Guy

    Navy87Guy Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    I blame my parents...there never wanted me to play with toy guns when I was a kid!

    My first gun was a Sig P228 because it was available, but the first “shooter” that really captivated me was probably my Beretta 92G Vertec. It’s been downhill ever since!

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  6. lsudave

    lsudave Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Oh, pretty simple and straightforward.

    A whole lot of people have a gun or two, and might not shoot a box of ammo in a year. I know hunters like that, they hunt, but their only use for a range is to sight in their gun prior to hunting with it. And once it's sighted in, they don't go back. Or guys with a pistol, they may have shot it just to get a sense of it, and keep it in the nightstand (or in the truck, etc).

    At some point, we (I am assuming many are like me) decide we want to shoot, and shoot often. I don't have easy access to free outdoor shooting, I have to pay a range fee if I don't want to drive a few hours. The range near me charges $15 a session, all day if you like. I eventually got a family membership (my son and I) for close to $500 annually, as I began to realize that was going to be cheaper than paying by the visit.

    I know a couple-3 times a month isn't much to some here, but it's a whole lot more than most folks do. I consider that "active".
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    THEWELSHM Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Model 19 Smith and Wesson

  8. joed

    joed Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    My start was a Remington 700 VS in .25-06 back in the 1970s. Bunch of friends started groundhog hunting in Ohio. I enjoyed the heck out of the hunting and because the cartridge was hard to find factory ammo for I also started loading my own.

    Usually 3 of us would get together every saturday during summer and hit the farms. I never had so much fun shooting in my entire life.
  9. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I didn't grow up with guns. My parents didn't object to them, they just weren't a part of their lives. My general interest in firearms grew out of an initial interest in hunting. I married the daughter of an outdoorsman and became the son he never had. The gun that started me off was the Mossberg 500 combo my wife gave me as an anniversary present, selected so I could hunt with her dad. That trusty 12 gauge has taken rabbits, squirrel, pheasant, deer ... it was perfect for the shotgun only areas of NY state I hunted.

    I took my first PA deer with my FIL's Remington 760 in .30-06. After shooting it and playing around for a while with a Marlin 336 in .30-30, I decided I wanted a bolt-action rifle. I settled on a Remington Model 7 in .308 that became my go-to hunting rifle for 20+ years. That's the one that really got me into rifles.

    My first handgun was a T/C Encore in .35 Remington. My thinking was that it would give me 50-75 yards more than the 12 gauge for deer hunting, and handguns were allowed in the areas where shotguns were the long guns legal for hunting. But as I lived in NY, I had to go through the state's crazy process of getting a handgun license. When my license was stamped "Hunting and Target Shooting Only," it torqued me enough that I set out to figure a way to get the restriction lifted so I could carry concealed. That was accomplished in time and I now have multiple handguns. But the one that kicked off the handgun interest was that T/C Encore.

    Of the three, the only one I still have is the Mossberg. It has sentimental value in that my wife gave it to me and I have fond memories of carrying it while hunting with her dad, who died five years ago. The Model 7 in .308 was replaced by another in 7mm-08 a couple years back when I got out of .30 cals altogether. The Encore grew into a collection of frames and barrels before I eventually got rid of the lot. My current hunting handgun of choice is a Ruger Bisley Blackhawk Hunter in .44 Mag.
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  10. Reloadron
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    Reloadron Contributing Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    Cleveland, Ohio USA
    Well in my case it was my first gun. A Remington Model 510P which was given to me back in 1957. I was 7 years old and just simply enjoyed that rifle. A few years later a paper route was my path to more guns and in 72 when I came home from Vietnam I started reloading. I just developed a liking to accuracy in rifles. Never knew a sniper and never was a sniper but had a fascination with long range accuracy. Think it was about then I began a love affair with handguns. Just a matter of enjoying shooting and range time like many enjoy a golf course. :) Anyway, it all began with that first little rifle which I still have today.

  11. High Plains

    High Plains Member

    Jan 10, 2021
    Like many guys, no one firearm got me started since the house had lots of firearms of all sizes and manufacturers. They were all interesting despite how accurate they might have been in my hands then, or now. I qualified with an old style M-16 in basic training and less than three years later I was shooting top scores with a service model M-14. I will always hold onto the M-1As that have fallen into my hands. For bolt action rifles, the 300 Weatherby really put me into hunting and I can credit the shooting skills I learned on the M-14 with my success on the 300 Wby.
  12. Dale Alan

    Dale Alan member

    Jul 25, 2017
    My Dad was a gunsmith back in the the 1960s-1970s , he specialized in SxS double barrel shotguns...so of course the first shotgun he bought me was a Ithaca model 37 pump gun in 20 gauge .:confused: His bread and butter were those classic doubles , but he loved pump guns . I would go small game hunting up the railroad tracks for Grouse, Cottontail, and Ducks ...if no game was to be found I would find a rock or something to practice on while walking home.Thousands of rounds have gone through that gem.
  13. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Deepinnaheartta, Texas
    Three different letters: BHP.
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  14. Starter52

    Starter52 Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Northeast USA
    A Daisy CO200 BB pistol. I owned it back in the 1960's. I loved that air gun.
  15. Ed4032

    Ed4032 Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Smith and Wesson model 39 that I got from Dad. Still have it 40 years later.
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  16. BillWM

    BillWM Member

    Mar 1, 2021
    Winchester Model 1895 in 35 WCF, got me into reloading too.
  17. jeepnik

    jeepnik Member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Like almost every other kid in the neighborhood I found a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree one year. And no, no one shot out his eye. A couple of years later a single shot Winchester .22 showed up there as well.

    We were Boomers, a bike, a .22 and a box of shells and we would disappear for the day. As long as we got back before the street lights came on all was well. We weren't late because we knew we'd be grounded, and parents meant it.

    Today if a bunch of 12 or 13 year old kids went riding through town with 22's held across the handlebars of their bikes the local National Guard would be called up. Back then the local farmers were happy to see us kill rabbits, gophers and what have you. As long as we didn't shoot towards the house or livestock.

    Maybe there are still places like that, I sure hope so.
  18. hemiram

    hemiram Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Toledo, Ohio
    The gun that got me started was the Dan Wesson 15-2 I bought to carry at work while my awful, horrible Taurus 83 was sunning itself in FL for the first of it's two visits to try to get "better".

    The only problem that 15-2 ever had was it had a clipped mainspring on it when I got it and it had light primer strikes. I replaced the spring, and put thousands of rounds through that gun. Soon after the 83 came back from FL the second time, it went away for good, and a second 15-2 came to live with me. At one point, I had 4 of them at once. These days, I have 2 15-2's and a 715.
  19. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    What got me started 5 years ago was a 1967 Colt Trooper 357 that my F-I-L left my wife. I got my pistol permit and took it to the range and liked it a lot but didn't want to wear out the Colt for sentimental reasons. I bought a Ruger GP100, followed by Model 10 Smiths and Dan Wesson revolver. My wife's father would have a good laugh if he knew what he started.
  20. film495

    film495 Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    S&W Model 10-7, found it pretty cheap some years ago on gunbroker. Didn't really know what it was, and then after winning the auction I started poking around and reading some history etc. Since then I've been enamored with learning about the history and role of various firearms in major wars, technical advancements etc. I would not say I have much of a colleciton in comparison to some, but it certainly keeps me well entertained, and I'll never accumulate everything that interests me, so - it will likely go on forever, and I'm good with that.
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  21. Bartojc

    Bartojc Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I don't know the definition of "quite a few". :) Guessing it is somewhere between 1 and not enough.

    My dad was not into firearms. He had a few for the occasional hunt, and for varmint control around the farm. I shot 22 and 410 from a small age. My hobby grew as I got older and more interested. Once I got my first handgun about 10 years ago I started reloading and it was down hill from there. Ten came the second handgun, then another rifle so I could reload that caliber, then another. You get the idea.

  22. kidneyboy

    kidneyboy Member

    Jan 13, 2018
    SE WI
    A Ruger P89.
    I grew up with revolvers and still prefer them but the P89 got me going to the range, reloading and trying other semi autos and revolvers.
  23. tarosean

    tarosean Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    One of my younger brothers was murdered.
    I used to get the same questions from my sister and father.

    I've never blamed the gun. I blame the system that had the murderer on the streets and the murderer.
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  24. bear166

    bear166 Member

    Sep 3, 2020
    For me, it probably was my first gun, A Heritage Rough Rider that I bought just a year and a half ago. I grew up around guns as well like many of you, but never was particularly interested. Until I bought that gun, anyway. Now I own well over ten!
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  25. JDeere

    JDeere Member

    May 31, 2020
    Never had a BB gun. Went straight to the Model 74 Win at about age 7 and never looked back...
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