What was your first centerfire handgun?

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  1. NorthBorder

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    Ruger Blackhawk .357 mag with 4.5" barrel. I bought it while in Germany in 1977.
     
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    Gen 3 Colt Cobra. Had to choose between it and a Charter Arms Bulldog. Gun shop owner was kind enough to show me the price difference between .38 special and .44 special!
     
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    Ruger Black Hawk 6 inch .357. Bought new in 1976 and still own and love it.
     
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    Nope no stripper clip, just load 1 at a time. Can't remember so I checked, held 10 +1, but it just seemed smaller than that.

    Thanks for sharing everybody! Seems like most 1st centerfire handguns were Ruger Blackhawk in .357 mag.
     
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    Ruger P90, .45 ACP. Shortly after purchasing, I put a Hogue rubber wraparound grip on it. I still have the pistol and have shot a gazillion rounds through it.
     
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    Smith and Wesson Combat Masterpiece. I traded it for a Ruger Blackhawk .357 with 6.5 inch barrel. Wanted something with more punch for jack rabbits and coyotes. But I'm 5'7" on a good day and the Ruger was just too awkward to carry on and off a horse or in and out of the ranch truck. Should have kept the Smith. In a fit of nostalgia, I found and bought a 15-3 and remembered what a fine gun it is.
     
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    Technically, I guess my first centerfire handgun was one of these Model 10 Smiths that was issued to trainee Aircrewman (like myself) in a Navy helicopter squadron in 1969. That revolver wasn’t really mine though, so I’m not sure it counts.
    However, I bought myself a brand new Smith Model 28 “Highway Patrolman” with a 6” barrel shortly after I got out of the Navy in 1972. I think most of my hearing loss is the result of the damage I foolishly did to my ears back then by firing that 357 Mag without hearing protection, or at best, with cotton balls stuck in my ears for hearing protection.
    On the other hand, it wasn’t too many years after I bought that Smith 357 that I bought myself a Ruger Blackhawk 30 Carbine, and I was still dumb enough to occasionally shoot it without hearing protection. I’m wiser now, but my hearing ain’t ever coming back.:(
     
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    An essex steel framed 1911 that I built using parts like a barrel and slide for $5.00 each. Yep that's right . Worked real fine and I was able to make consistent hits on a standing Fridge at 200 yards.
     
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    I was influenced by the movie Serpeco so my first was a high power.
    Beautiful gun but I traded it in for a Gold Cup same day I shot my first 1911.
     
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    S&W 645. Bought it off a cop who wanted to carry something lighter. Can't say that I blamed him. Anyway, I still have it.
     
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    I’ve had a carry permit since I was 21. My first purchase was a Colt Cobra .38 snubbie from 1954. It has been my daily carry for 45 years so far.

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  12. John Joseph

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    This first one I ever fired was a .30 Luger Commercial model 1920.
    The first I ever owned was a .38 Spl. Colt Police Positive Special
     
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    Hi Point 9mm...

    Then a Savage Striker in 22-250.

    Grandpa gave me a Para C7.45 LDA a few months later and the hi point got sold for the 150 i bought it new for.
     
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    My first gun, bought in 1968, was a .22lr Colt Woodsman. Beautiful gun. The first center fire in 1975 when I obtained my carry permit, in Maryland, and bought a Charter Arms Undercover 38spl. Hated that gun so I bought a Astra Constable 380acp. The Astra was a nice gun.
     
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    Mine was a HiPoint C9, on sale for $129.99 back in 2012. I consider it a "Gateway Gun". It was a gun, it worked, but......... then I started hearing about the Shield. It had been out around 6 months. Then I handled a Shield. Then I bought one. Then I thought something higher capacity but still concealable would be nice and I acquired an SR9c. Later I thought I should get that 1911 I always wanted.
    Don't get me started on what my first revolver led to.
     
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    The first I owned is a Colt Commander in 38 Super. First one I shot was a huge army revolver the used 45 ACP with funny little clips to keep them from falling though.
     
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    I finally remembered.......

    A T/C Contender in 44 mag with a ten inch barrel. *
    Dad was generous as he supplied me with ammo* and his loaded shot-shells.

    *Boy, he liked HOT loads! ;)

    Edit to add: I still have it with more barrels and two more frames.

    Edit to add, again.
    NIB, $200.00 otd.
    Had to be a while back............
     
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    My favorite is my S&W 627 I shoot 185 grain bullets with Unique and can easily group 1 inch at 25 yards with it.
     
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    The first centerfire that I ever got was a S&W 39-2 (nickeled). Good gun for its time.
     
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    If the way back machine is right it was a Makarov 380. But that’s been a long time ago and my memory could be wrong.
     
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    See my avatar. Colt Anaconda Realtree. Bought it new in '96, to use for deer hunting. Although I never took it hunting. Haven't shot it in years now.
     
  22. Space Ghost

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    1911A1, basic training, Ft Knox KY, 1981, at the tender age of 17.
     
  23. ejfalvo

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    Ruger P-series 9mm, to protect the family from Y2K.
     
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    The day I turned 21 in 1976 I went to the gun store and bought a NMBH in 45 Colt, 7½" barrel.
    Paid $125 plus tax. I wish I still had it.
     
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    A Colt Trooper in 357 Magnum.
     
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