Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Handshaker, May 19, 2022.
My first firearm purchase was at the age of 18. Bought a Glenfield model 60 from Walmart. Still have it, and it's going to my grandson (second grandchild).
If non firearms count: a Valmet Airis air rifle, which I bought from a second hand shop when I was maybe 13. Still have that also.
The gun itself was in excellent condition. with a perfect bore and as tight as the day it left the factory. It is very accurate as well. Of all the guns I have loved and lost I had missed that little Stevens the most. I had found the last missing piece in my puzzle.
The first "real" gun was a Armalite AR-7 I bought when I got my NJFAID card. It was just as Armalite sold out to Charter arms the gun was marked Armalite AR-7 Costa Mesa, CA but the box said Charter Arms. I still have the gun but not the box!
At about the same time period I had applied for a pistol permit, (it was the same form as the ID card, same info and references).
Once I had permit in hand I went to the local gunstore at the time (Leslie Edelman's) and bought a new Colt Govt. model ($167.00).
When I got home my father was waiting for me (he was never a big gun guy, I guess never was after his cousin shot him bird hunting) he said I needed to call the gun store asap.
When I got them on the phone they begged me to bring the Colt back, they sold it to me by mistake, ( I was only 18).
After returning it, I needed to get a new permit ($5.00 at the time) since the first one was no longer valid.
My second legal gun was a Ruger MKl bull bbl. I still have today
I was a naughty boy... .
A couple of months later we moved yet again and wound up in a partially-finished row house that someone had left in a hurry.
I found a Baby Colt clone in a couch that was by the curb, a .22 bolt-action in a closet and a hard-rubber 1911 in a discarded chest of drawers.
All disappeared as soon as a parent noticed them.
I was almost six years old.
It was over a decade before I actually purchased a firearm but many other guns passed through my hands in the meantime.
The only one that stuck was an 1858 Remington clone - that I still have.
The first gun I ever bought was a brand new S&W Model 28 from the late, lamented San Francisco Gun Exchange.
Rifle: Winchester M1917 Enfield. Bought them both in the Fall of 1967 while I was in the Army. Still have them both.
My dad wasn't really a hunter, but he gave me two of the most important things in my life, an introduction to hunting and fishing, two things that give my "soul" peace and make me feel like i am part of our natural world.
We started pheasant hunting but we didn't have much luck, but it was among the best time I've ever have with my awesome dad! I would pass this stuff down to my 2 boys.
I moved on to mammals and became a RIFLEMAN over the last 41 years. But I still have that old single shot 20ga, and I've use it with my boys. I keep it cleaned and oiled. And I still take it out sometimes and run some rounds with it. I will pass it down to my boys and hope the outdoors gives them what it's given me. Thanks dad! I really miss you!
First gun(s) that I bought with my own money, mom actually did the paperwork, were a Ruger 10/22 and a Yugo SKS on the same day when I was 16. Still have the Ruger but the Yugo was stolen along with the Marlin and a couple other guns I had acquired over the intervening years.
I got it as a birthday gift when I was 12.
I gave it to a friend over 30 years ago, so he could give it to his son as his first gun.
Still shoots great.
S&W 17 no dash 4 screw made in 1959
Savage .22LR from the late 40s (?) or 50's.
My grandfather had bought it to shoot squirrels in his yard.
But I do still have the first firearms I actually purchased with my own money and by filling out my own paperwork. The first was my BHP, purchased on the day I turned 21. It needs a bit of work to bring it back to serviceable (needs an extractor, I think) but it was my primary CCW for 20 years or so. The other was a used .22LR purchased in the same shop, a Ruger Mk I. While I once thought to keep the BHP forever and be buried with it, I now have to plans to ever CCW it again as technology and doctrine has changed the situation for me. I have no huge attachment to the latter but after being refinished twice by a shadetree gunsmith it's probably not worth anything to sell (yet it still works fine).
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