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August 24, 2011

What Was Your First Gun?

By Phil Bourjaily

Today’s video clip is Dave answering the question “What was your first gun?” Mine was my dad’s Browning A-5 Light 12, with a 26-inch barrel topped with a Poly Choke. With it I shot my first deer, duck, pheasant, quail, snipe, woodcock, rabbit and dove, as well as one wild turkey. It was fairly beaten up when I got it, and no better looking after I hunted with it for a few years. Early in my writing career and in need of money, I sold it to a friend who wanted a project gun to refurbish. He had it refinished, reblued and bought a new barrel for it. It looks great today, and probably resides in his gun safe.

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All the time I had that gun, I never noticed the kick and the odd feel of the barrel moving back and forth under recoil because I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Now I find shooting A-5s a jolting and unpleasant experience compared to the gas guns I’ve grown accustomed to. I will always be fond of A-5s and I’m occasionally tempted to buy another, but I still haven’t. So, like Dave, I loved my first gun, sold it, and don’t particularly regret letting it go.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 7, Western Auto 30-30 and Mossberg 410 Model 173 bolt action

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from MaxPower wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 8, Remington 581. I still have it and I still love it. Probably won't give it to my oldest son when he's old enough because I love it so much, I'll just buy him his own.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 13, I baked and sold cookies and cinnamon rolls for many months to save up for a Winchester 1300 20 guage pump.

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was a remington 870 20ga brand new that I got from my grandparents. I used for just about everything for a good 10 years. I still have it and use it for dove and quail. It takes me back to some good memories. I will be passing it to my kid as a first gun.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Savage Stevens 20 gauge single barrel, youth model, 3" chamber. I just ordered the ejection spring and extractor, which has been broken forever, so that I had to carry a .308 round to drop down the barrel to knock out the spent shells. Checkering worn smooth, front bead missing, looks like it was dragged through the briar patch backwards,kicks hard. My son will shoot it on rabbits, sharpies, huns and pheasants next year. I loved everything about it. Still do.

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from johntalbott wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

NEF 20 gauge. Single shot with a rifled barrel for slug hunting. First gun that was truly "mine." Before that was an old 410 that had been in my family for over 70 years. Still worked great.

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from johntalbott wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I got that 20 gauge on my 8th birthday. Went squirrel hunting with it the next day with my dad, brother, and another father/son team from church.

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from fatkins76 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 7, I was given a Rem 870 20ga that my brothers had put several thousand rounds through. I used it for 20 years, and I plan to give it to my son one day. When I was 8, I got to unwrap a Ruger M77 .243 for Christmas. To this day, it is still my go-to rifle.

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from HunterHaas wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 11 ish., New England Pardner 20 gauge single shot, bead sight... Then eventually upgraded to Remington 870 12 ga.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Clay, back in the day Western Auto brand guns bore the name "Revelation". My first in 1960 was a Revelation bolt action 410 shotgun. First critter was a coot. After getting used to shooting doves with a 410 tne move up to a 12 was like shooting a cannon. My favorite upland gun is a Beretta 28 ga O/U these days.

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from Anhinga wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first firearm was a Stevens single shot 20 Ga. The first firearm I purchased was a Browning .22 auto - gallery model (.22 shorts only). I still have both -- the Stevens is 56 years old and the Browning is 52+ years old, purchased from our neighbor for $110! Still shoot the Browning monthly, Yes Dave, an auto, but no burning powder in the face, on the off arm sometimes though! That little gun has accounted for over 1500 squirrels over those 52+ years, with more than 100,000 rounds fired through it.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 39, a beautiful, unaltered 1896 .30-40 Krag, which my grandpa bought from the NRA when he got home from WWI. Inherited it after my dad died. Oh, baby, that bolt action is SMOOTH!

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Early in my hunting career my gun would be whatever I could borrow from friends or family. When I turned 16 I had enough money to buy my own gun. She was a 16ga Mossberg 500 with a firm rubber butt plate, tight choke and loose action. I loved that gun. She was my first. I took care of her and she never let me down.

I sold her to some stranger for $50 bucks because I needed beer money.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A no-name American department store SxS internal hammer 16ga. I have really admired SxS ever since. I traded that one off a long time ago but missed it enough, as an unpland game gun, that I recently (couple years back) bought a SxS 12ga.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 12, a NEF single shot 20 gauge. It isn't worth much and isn't much fun to shoot but maybe I'll have a son that can learn with it. The first gun I ever really cared anything about is a Stevens bolt action 30-30. My dad and I both shot our first deer with it many years apart. He still hunts with it exclusively. I told him that his will, my brother and sister can have everything but that rifle.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The one I hunted most with, as a boy, and that I recall very fondly, was a Savage Model 24 B-Grade from the 1940s, .22WMR/.410. I must have shot dozens of snowshoe hares and a whole bunch of partridge with that. But it wasn't my gun in the ownership sense.

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from etexan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

About the time I was in Jr High my Dad decided I was ready for my own gun. We looked at used gun racks at local gunshops and finally bought a Montgomery Ward 16 ga pump for about $52. I still have it. Believe it has a brand name like Noble on it. Learned a lot from that.
Passed up a used Win M12 in 20 gauge but it was so expensive...$90. This was probably 1962 or so. Have added lots of guns since then but no more Nobles.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Dave the Vanguard 2 in 300 Wby is turning out to be a nice gun for only 450 bucks. My best load so far spits out a 168 grain TTSX bullet a tad over 3200 fps and groups about .75 inch at 100 yds. That would be the max listed charge of H4350 in a Nosler case with Fed 215 magnum primer. Sorry, I'm not saying what that is, you can find it in the Barnes manual #4. BTW I shot about 30 rounds yesterday and did not have any problems with recoil. Did use a Paste shoulder pad. You won't confuse this rifle with a new model 70 Winchester but then it's much easier on the budget too.

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from spuddog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was an Ithaca single shot lever action 22 mag. My brother and I mowed lawns and did yard work for 2 rifles. My brother got the Ruger 10-22. The ithaca had a pit in the chamber and I had to knock out the shells with a ramrod. Of course my brothers made fun of me and called it my muzzle loader. I soon saved up for a Marlin semi-auto with a tube magazine. They were both sold to a pawn shop in Gallup, NM for cash because I fell in love with a 1976 Winchester 9422M. I still have the Win.

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from gfrichie wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I had an old Winchester Model 37 that my dad got me when I was thirteen, but the firing pin was faulty, so I ended up with a beautiful 28 gauge wingmaster

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At the age of about 4 years, my great-uncle (no children) handed down his 16ga L.C. Smith as a Christmas present to the "only" great-nephew. I couldn't keep both ends off the floor. The first "gun" I was allowed to hunt with was an A.H. Fox .410! The Fox is gone, I still have the Smith!

Bubba

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 8, remington left handed 20 gauge 1100....still have that gun

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I bought a used Rem Scoremaster bolt action 22 when I was 12. I still have it and it still gets its fair share of squirrels and rabbits every fall.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Shotgun: Age 12, Mossberg 500, 20ga. Rife: Age 13, Winchester 94, .30-30. But grew up shooting my dads Sears .22 boltaction, before that. That gun is now my older brothers.

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin 30-30

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from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a red ryder bb gun that my uncle gave me for my first birthday.
My first "real" gun was a Mossberg 500 20 gauge.

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

http://www.owenguns.com/used-guns/wp-content/uploads/classipress/toz-17-...

TOZ-17 baikal with scope and silencer that i bought and registered in my dads name when i was 13.. got the money for it by cutting cods tounges at the local fishprocessin plant after school.. hard work getting it and think i ran something like 10k rounds through it be4 i sold it on to a saphmi that was gonna put down his reindeers for slaughter with it..

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from Proverbs wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 10 I was given my first gun, a used Marlin-Glenfield Mod. 10 single-shot .22 with the squirrel carved in the pistol grip. What a beaut!

It has always fired incredibly true, and I hunt squirrel with it every year. My own son turns 10 next spring...and he will someday end up with it. (When he turned 8 I gave him a new single-shot Henry .22).

I have numerous rifles, including a couple customs that my friends shook their heads at when they asked and were told the price. But I'll tell you this: That Marlin-Glenfield would be the LAST rifle I would part with. It is part of my earliest and most treasured hunting memories.

Thank the Good Lord for Fathers!

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I toted a variety of guns from the family gun cabinet, a Parker,an Ithaca and a Stevens single barrel .410 with which I killed my first quail.At 14 I saved $30 to be matched by my Father to buy a 16Ga. Marlin Model 90 o/u choked tight and tighter still.Hunted pretty much everything with it.Still have it,will always have my first gun.Still an o/u man.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was just a pup, an uncle gave me a Savage 1904 single shot and I still have it. I never hunted with it as it was just not very well suited to that and I was too young anyway. When dad thought me old enough for the tall timber, I well remember the day we went to a local gun shop and came home with a Winchester 121Y .22 single shot that my daughter has since claimed as her squirrel gun.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My Great Uncle George gave me a Ruger 10/22 when I turned 12 w/ a 3/4" Bushnell scope. I have put thousands and thousands of rounds through it, and my 9 year old is well on his way to putting thousands and thousands more through it. Deadly accurate, extremely reliable. I've had the gun for 24 years now and I've disassembled it and really cleaned the trigger group and action ONCE. And that was last year! It's realistically had around 10,000 rounds through it and is still dead-on.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was 10, I got, for Christmas, a Ted Williams (Sears) .22 semi-auto, 10-round rifle.

However, I had no idea how a semi-auto worked in real life at that time.

So on Christmas morning, in the woods, I operated the rifle like the others I had shot with the family. I fired a round, and then pulled the bolt. I thought it was a very bad version of a bolt action.

It also took me a while to figure out why, after firing 5 rounds, the rifle was empty, and there were cartridges all over the ground.

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from jim in nc wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Stevens armory model falling block single-shot .22 with a beavertail forearm and flip-up rear sight, from my father who got it from his father.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The summer before sixth grade I bought my first gun, a Marlin Model 60 .22. It now has a BSA high power scope on it and will take out a squirrel at up to around 80 yds.

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from country road wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was ten I got a single shot .410---don't remember the brand---and I couldn't hit very well with it. I quickly got hold of a 20 ga. and my success rate skyrocketed---killed my first buck with it at age 12.

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from Sciacchitano wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My father, who was decidedly anti-gun, for some reason lost to time and bad memory bought me a Model 1884 Springfield when I was about 11 or 12. Back then it couldn't have cost him more than $20 or $30. Perhaps the fact that the firing pin was frozen and it couldn't have fired a round helped ease the way. My next two guns, almost a decade later, were an Air Force issued slab sided M-16 and a filched U.S. Army .45 Colt, and it's been downhill ever since for both me and my pocketbook.

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from kplace wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

crossman pump master 760. using pellets for smallgame before it was cool. maybe nine?

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from 2lb.test wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 7 seven I was given my Dad's first shotgun a single barrel Stevens .410 followed for dove hunting followed shortly after by a Sears .22 bolt action.

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from John L wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Winchester Model 12, 20 gauge.
Great little gun, still shoots exactly where you point it.
Serial number indicates made in 1928.
Guess they knew how to make things then.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Harrington & Richardson single-shot in 12 gauge.

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 16, Steven's 16-ga sxs paid with paper route money. It had 28" barrels m/f. Good on pheasants, real trouble hitting grouse with it. Cut barrels off to 25" and hunted with that shotgun for 17-years. Took more game with that shotgun than with anything else I've own. Main shotgun in college until I bought my first 12-ga skeet gun. Sold the Stevens to a beginning bird hunter in USAF.

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from aftermidnight wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was an Ithica Featherlight 20 gauge with a slug barrel. I almost immedietly bought a long barrel for it. I had the one gun to use for everything, I think it was 1976. As I had used my dads Ithica 12 gauge for everything, (my 1st deer) and pigeons, pheasants, ducks, it fit well and served well. I still have it, loaded with buckshot for any intruders. What a great gun. I got it for $115.00 used. I also have the 12 gauge, loaded also for bear.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I purchased my 1st gun, A winchester 94 a 1970s manufactured top eject, which I don't regret selling perse`, just wish I knew if it had any collector's value?
Also, I had a Redfield 4X scope on it that was a piece of crap!

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I could have sworn I just posted something.... I had to carry an H&R 20 ga. single shot for a year with the shell in my pocket like Barney Fife the first year I got to hunt. The second year I was lucky enough to load my shotgun before the birds flew.

Finally when I was 12 I graduated to a gun of my own, an Ithaca Model 37 Featherweight. We pretty much only hunted quail but my dad had a great pointer and it was a whole lot of fun. I only wish the opportunities were there for my children.

Oh and kplace my 760 was famous in our neighborhood. It was the first pellet gun I bought all three of my sons. They shoot.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

AT age 13 for Christmas in 1959 a Winchester Model 67 single shot .22 rifle. It is in my gun safe now and shoots as good as ever and that was good.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

hal herring,
no way your lying your not that old, really?
I'm 60 and my first gun, please don't count my Daisy BB gun, was the Stevens 20ga. break open barrel single shot at about the age of 12. I was a rabbits worst nightmare.
Back then all my factory shells were made of paper hulls. When shot there was no finer smell than came from them. These new plastic hulls don't do Unique or Herco powder justice. jmo

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from Ed J wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Win mod 63 22 lr. Still have it.

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from coachsjike wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 19 i had just gotten into hunting because i went to school in vermont so i bought a used marlin 30-30 with a bushnell scope. boy was that gun on target. wound up selling it years later but wish i didn't.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my first firearm made it under the Christmas tree when i was 7. It was a snake charmer single barrel 410. Thanks Santa ( Dad)! I have very fond memories of my dad loading and pulling clay pigeons for my younger brother and I at our farm. My dad spent a lot of time with us at the farm loading and pulling clay pigeons from the spring loading trap. And that is were it all began!!

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from herrinchoker wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 4, Brownsville Texas, Meridian Mod.10, rolling block .22 single shot, chambered for short, and long.
Age 5, nailed a drake mallard, toss-up as to who was the most surprised, Grandpa, Dad, or the Duck. Neither one of them saw the bird, I did, and shot it. Dad picked up on the "THOU-SHALL-NOTS" after Grandpa ran out of breath.
At the time Dad was a Cameron County Deputy Sheriff, and Grandpa had been a Texas Ranger, 1894-1902. My favorite was a Stevens .25 rim fire with a scope that was longer than the barrel, but very accurate.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Red Ryder BB gun the year Christmas Story was at the movies. You'll shoot your eye out.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin .22 wood stock with weaver scope.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin .22 wood stock with weaver scope.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was a Browning A-Bolt .270 I bought when I was 24. Still the only one in my family that owns a gun. They're outdoors people, just not hunters, missing out on a heck of a lot of fun but to each his own.

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun at age 9 was a Sears and Roebuck .22 rimfire single-shot. I traded it in on a Mossberg .22 Model 342-K a few years later. Both pieces of junk.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

No one in my family (or anyone I knew) hunted, but somehow I got the bug and at age 25 bought my first gun from Sears. A 20 ga. side-by-side w/26" bbl.

I sold it, to "move up" to an 870 Wingmaster. So although it was a very basic, heavy double, I'd like to have it back. I shot a lot of game with it.

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from Larchbum wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 13 - paper route money went into a Remington Mohawk 600 in .308. Still got the old girl.

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from Fruguy101 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The first gun I used was a Remington 20 ga. for dove hunting. My family used to all come home around Thanksgiving, and we would have a skeet shoot. I was always on target with that gun. I also used a Remington .22lr semi-auto of my dad's. It was pretty good, but a heavy gun. My deer gun was a Winchester 30-30 with a scope side mounted so you could still use the iron sights. I hated that gun because the shells ejected out of the top, and I was always scared one hot shell would hit me in the face.

The first gun that was actually mine was a Marlin 30-30 that my parents gave me when I was 15 or 16. I've had that gun for fifteen years now, and I have yet to put three full boxes of shells through it. I've killed a few deer with it, and it has no scope.

My wife bought me a Remington Model 597 .22LR a few years ago. I love that little rifle. It has a camo stock on it, and I bought a 30 round clip for it. When I shoot it, I tend to think of it as my little assault rifle because of the way that 30 round clip looks in it.

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from rlowe357 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

J.C. Higgins 410 bolt action, tube feed, when I was 10 and it was also my dads first gun when he was about 10. Still got it in the gun cabinet

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from mike55 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

First gun was a Rem 581 .22 which I bought myself when I was 14, maybe 15 back in '69 or '70. Don't remember which it was. Saved my paper route money, saw an ad in the local paper, rode my bike across town and bought it from a private party. Can you imagine a kid doing that these days?!! Nobody thought anything about it back then. Times have sure changed!

Didn't have a father around, just me, my mom, and three sisters. My two oldest brothers, who were hunters, couldn't wait to get out of the noisy house (I was probably the biggest contributor to that, but noise didn't bother me back then) and enlisted in the service as soon as they could. Even if they were around they didn't want to do anything with their punky, way younger brother. Both grandfathers passed away before I was born so that wasn't a route to the "first gun" either. With all the above extenuating circumstances I had to take matters into my own hands to get the first gun!! Got on the bike and went for it. Still have it, still shoots good. Will be my sons some day.

I liked the 581 so much that a couple of years later, when my cash flow improved, I bought its much more powerful sister, the Rem 591 in the 5MM Rem. Rim. Mag. That's one I wish I hadn't sold. It really shot once I had it's twelve pound trigger pull lightened to about five pounds. The ammo for it was alot more costly than the .22 Mag. Hunters and shooters back then weren't willing to pay a premium for it over the .22 Mag, even though it's down range ballistics were far superior to the it. With the success of the .17 HMR these days and it's premium price over the .22 Mag that hunters and shooters are now willing to pay, I wonder if the 5MM Rem. Mag. could have made it now? Maybe if they would have called it the .204 Rem Rim Mag. it'd still be around!! Being that Americans don't have much affection for anything MM, except of course for the "Lucky Seven".
The only reason I was able to sell it in '82 was that I had two boxes of ammo for it. Rem. discontinued the ammo years earlier. By then the ammo was really scarce if one could find any and very expensive. If I would have kept it, there's now a centerfire bolt conversion for it and CF brass available and lots of 5MM or should I say .204 bullets out there. Really liked that gun, and now there'd be ammo available for it :P

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from cliff68 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg Model 44 with a 4x Mossberg scope at about age 5. Shot countless squirrels with that rifle and am still at it. It's a real tack driver.

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from Jim in Avon wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

How about a Mossberg Mod. 146 B-A, a bolt .22 chosen for its tubular magazine capacity (30 shorts, 27 longs, 23 long rifles) and its variety of four front-sight posts, apertures, etc.

I got it about 55 years ago with the extra payoff from a broken pinky insurance claim, and you darn betcha I still have it -- although it looks a bit different now. About 30 years ago I did a stock job on the original wood -- took off the excess, defined a cheekpiece, put a snazzy gripcap and spacer on it along with -- ta daa! -- a recoil pad, just to lengthen the stock a bit.

I know, that all sounds like a harlot's hallucination, but it came out looking pretty darned slick. And it STILL puts five under a dime at 50 yards, albeit with a scope a tad better than the old 3/4-inch tube it came with, back when Dwight Eisenhower was president and a boy could enjoy a day out with a brick and a faithful wood-and-steel friend.

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from BarkeyVA wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

1957, Age 14, a used 12 ga. Marlin Model 90 O/U, 28" barrels choked Lt. Mod. and Imp. Mod. Dad cut 3/4" off the stock to fit me and added a piece back when I got bigger(the wood didn't match). I still have it, and I still shoot it as well as any gun I own.

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from Kenton wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg .22 model 140K I received around 8 or 10. I still have it and use it more than any gun I own. Its killed a bunch of groundhogs and squirrels over the years.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

To Del: Thanks for the update, and I'm not surprised the Vanguard shoots so well. They are great guns, and great values. I got my first .300 Weatherby in 1965, and still have it. Never quite got used to the cartridge, as it shoots so flat you have to re-orient your thinking. "Shouldn't the bullets start dropping some time soon?" And they don't.

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from Douglas wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 10, a Daisy red rider BB gun. Still got it. Age 14, an Ithaca Lefever single shot 12 ga. Still got that too.

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from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was a Mattel Shootin' Shell revolver at age 5-6. Still have it. Bought my first BB gun, a Daisy Red Ryder with the plastic stock at age 11. Wore it out and don't have it anymore. First real gun was a Mossberg 20 ga. bolt with a polychoke that was my grand dads who gave it to my dad. He gave it to me for Christmas when I was 13. Still got that one.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

For Christmas, 1974, my grandfather bought myself and my three older brothers all new Remington Model 1100 shotguns. In order from my oldest brother to me, 1100 12 gauge. 1100 20 gauge. 1100 28 gauge and my baby, the 1100 410 gauge. A beautiful lineup of some very nice quality shotguns! My mom about had a fit, so we had to keep them all out at our grandfather's farm. Now, many years later, three of us still have our guns, complete with their original boxes. My gun is truly a joy for hunting pheasant and rabbit! Couple that with the world's greatest Dog! It doesn't get any better than that! lol

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from Quahog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

1952 - age 14. My dad bought me a used Model 70 with the inscription "TED WILLIAMS MODEL" printed on the fore-end of the stock. It was in .243 Winchester, and I killed my first deer with it that fall. He bought me the rifle because I was always trying to borrow his Savage 99 which he willed to me years later and which I'll give to my son, Vince.

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from PbHead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Sears single shot bolt action 410. I paid less than $25, one box of shells included. I earned the money by bucking hay bales for cattle. I earned more money by removing the same hay after it came out the other end of the cattle. These funds paid for a Marlin 989 M2. I sprayed just like Dave but learned to take a ground hog or two and collected a bounty for their scalps at the courthouse. This kept me in ammo. I still have both guns and they get used every year.

I bought both these guns without being accompanied by an adult. This was back in the early 60s. The clerks were only interested in the fact that I had the money. The good old days.

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from huntenthusiest wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was an H&R Topper single shot in .410 the I paid $20 for back in '76 and I still have it.

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from bluegraytx wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington .22 single shot that I bought from a buddy in 1948 for ten bucks. He was moving up to an auto .22. I'm 73 now and still have the rifle, so you figure out how old I was when I bought it.

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from bluegraytx wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

(cont.) ... a year or so later my father gave me an Iver Johnson, single-shot .410. I still have it, too

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1942 when I was 10 my Grandfather passed away. I was given two of his guns, an AH Fox single shot 410 with an external hammer and a Winchester model 86 in 45/70. The Winchester has some of the best figured wood I've ever seen in a lever gun, must have been a special order. The first gun I bought my self, selling a 4-H steer two years later, was a Winchester model 70 in 270 Win. I still have all three guns and will pass them on to my great grand kids.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1942 when I was 10 my Grandfather passed away. I was given two of his guns, an AH Fox single shot 410 with an external hammer and a Winchester model 86 in 45/70. The Winchester has some of the best figured wood I've ever seen in a lever gun, must have been a special order. The first gun I bought my self, selling a 4-H steer two years later, was a Winchester model 70 in 270 Win. I still have all three guns and will pass them on to my great grand kids.

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I suppose my first gun was a Daisy pump BB gun. I wore it out. My dad gave me a single shot .22 that bears the name Century Arms that was my first firearm. For decades I loved Browning A-5s more than any other shotgun and have owned about all versions and gauges. I still have the last new Belgium Light 12 with an extra barrel that I ever saw on a shelf.

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

FirstBubba and Platte River: You guys started off with better guns than most of us have now LOL.

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from ldon400 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Smith and Wesson 12 gauge pump shotgun. Received it Christmas morning when I was about ten years old. Still have it (it's priceless to me). I still love it and so does my son. Eventhough it will detatch your retinas with 3 inch shells it will always have a place in my safe and hopefully in my 11y.o. son's someday.

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from fortycal wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My very first firearm was an old Winchester Model 37 with the red lacquered letters on the bottom. It belonged to my grandpa, (who I never met). It was handed down to me by my late father on my 10th birthday. That was forty seven years ago, and the old gun still serves me without fail.

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

i recieved 2 guns suprisingly. the first gun was a winchester model 12 in 20 gauge from 1936 which is my favorite, and then also my grandfathers savage sporter .22 from 1917

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first 'real' gun was a Savage-Stevens 12 Ga pump shotgun, model 57 I think. (still have it, just too lazy to go look)
Bought it new at JC Penney's in Northfield NJ. (Yes JC Penney sold guns at one time!)
It's supposed to be Mod choke but shoots tighter than many full bore shotguns, it's now my turkey and squirrel gun and is lethal to about 50 yds!

My first "gun" was a Daisy BB gun, think it was the Model 1894? Looked just like a 30-30 Winchester, even loaded BB's into it thru a side port and it had a 'hammer' on it, though it really did nothing as far as I know! Looked alot like the one in this old ad http://www.daisymuseum.com/historyphotos/scan0001.jpg but mine had a golden receiver, the plating eventually peeled mostly off leaving a greyish metal, aluminum or pot metal? Don't remember what happened to that one, last I remember it still worked, but can't remember where it went, but it was eventually replaced by a Powerline 1200 pump up.

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 9, a single-shot, Iver Johnson & Cycle Works, Champion, 410 shotgun, that my Dad had when he was very young, & and it just got passed on to my grandson Louie (who is 9).

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 11 I got a Stevens 94 28 gauge single shot. After finding out how expensive the 28 ga. shells were, I traded it for a Stevens 94C 12 gauge 32" barrel which I still have, well worn.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first real gun was a single shot .22 rifle I got the Christmas I turned eight. I lost it and about everything else I owned in a fire about 30 years ago, but I still have a picture my parents took of me holding it under the tree and grinning ear to ear. I can't remember the model but it was probably either a Marlin or something sold by Sears or Montgomery Wards. You cocked it by pulling on a knob on the back of the bolt, kind of like the safety on a Mosin Nagant. I remember it had a bright red fire indicator on it. I don't know how many boxes of ammo I ran through it but it was an awful lot. That one gun taught me almost everything I know about gun safety and how to shoot a rifle. The best thing about getting it was knowing that my parents thought I was responsible enough to own it. If I could have gone into that burning house for one thing that little rifle would have been it. Still miss it to this day.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I didn't start hunting until my 20s. My first gun was a Browning BPS 12 ga. Still have it, still hunt with it.

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from MattB wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Ithaca single shot lever action 22 when I was 5 years old. Shot a lot of Texas jackrabbits with that gun!

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from tat2tom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Stevens Model 59A 410ga, bolt action

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from tat2tom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Stevens Model 59A 410ga, bolt action

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A man ought never part with his first gun.It's one of those market along the journey of life well lived.

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

That would be "markers".If this computer is so smart wonder why it missed that.

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Old Marlin model 80 DL .22 bolt action that my grandfather installed a peep sight on. Still have it and shoot it often, and still can put on a clinic target shooting with it. Never really hunted with it because I had no where to hunt until recently, but may get some hunting out of it yet to come.

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Congrats on your first Vanguard Del. I told you they were the best bargain in an accurate hunting rifle to come around in a very long time.

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from mike55 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

(cont.) Actually my first gun that wasn't chemically stoked was a Crossman 760 pump BB gun. Must have shot 50K BB's through it. Wore it out, sent it in to have it rebuilt and wore it out again. Paid $12 for it around my 12th birthday in '67. It shot pretty well for a smoothbore. It had real wood stocks and a metal receiver. Saw the latest rendition of it a few years ago in a department store and was shocked by all the cheap plastic on it. The magazine must have held at least a 100 BB's, so it's easy to see how 50k BB's may be under estimated. Seldom shot .177 pellets, they were more expensive and a lot slower loading one at a time.

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I was deadly with a slingshot before I was granted access to a Red Rider bb gun.

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from SD Bob wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was an FIE single shot 12 gauge. It was a rabbit saving machine! If you didn't have your thumb just right on the hammer, you couldn't muster the strength to get it back. A year later I oiled it up and sold it at a garage sale which transitioned me towards number two: an H&R single shot twelve. I didn't hit more rabbits but I at least got the hammer back and actually fired before the rabbit got away.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

@ TED FORD: Reason why your computer didn't catch that is because the word you erroneously placed ('market' instead of 'markers') wasn't misspelled. Right there is a perfect example. I typed 'mispelled' thinking that was proper but the red line came up prompting me to correct the spelling. (I left it 'misspelled' to show):-)

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from Bearkiller wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Mossberg .22cal model 46B topped with a Weaver B4 scope. It was a fantastic setup, a rare combination that worked extremely well together. I once shot a woodpecker off the side of a post 1/4 of a mile away. I loved this gun. Eventually I wore out the barrel so I moved on to other stuff, but it was one of the best ever.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a M/37 Ithaca 20 ga., 28" Full choke, plain barrel. I cut grass all summer to pay for it and was the hardest $109 I ever earned. I later bought a 26" I.C. Ribbed barrel that didn't leave just the wings on the quail for the dog to pick up. I think I killed my first everything with that gun, I still have it with both barrels. I would tie the case to the seat and handle bars of my bicycle like a scabbard and ride to my Uncle's house to squirrel hunt the woods behind his house when I was 9 or 10. Imagine what a stir that would cause today,,,

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a M/37 Ithaca 20 ga., 28" Full choke, plain barrel. I cut grass all summer to pay for it and was the hardest $109 I ever earned. I later bought a 26" I.C. Ribbed barrel that didn't leave just the wings on the quail for the dog to pick up. I think I killed my first everything with that gun, I still have it with both barrels. I would tie the case to the seat and handle bars of my bicycle like a scabbard and ride to my Uncle's house to squirrel hunt the woods behind his house when I was 9 or 10. Imagine what a stir that would cause today,,,

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Daisy "Spittin Image" 1894, I shot the seal out of it twice and dad bought and replaced both mine and my best friends as he thought he would never shoot sagain. Like Dave, I sold it to him and had been sick ever since, went home to Mi. on vacation and saw it in his garage sale offered him a Bowie Knife for it and still have it. Thanks Dad ! Miss him terrible

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was a Daisy Western lever action 700 shot, its in the box in my closet at home. The next was a German single shot .22 with added target peep sights for NRA rifle club, in the gun cabinet at home. The first I bought was a new Ruger 10/22 and its in the gun cabinet at home. Bought and traded many others but, these are the ones that stay around.

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from czar911 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun - loaned to me - was a Winchester 52C when I was 10 or 11. The first gun I bought was 40 years ago - an Anshutz (SP?) 1413 Super Match. My brother owns it now.

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from Jerry Kimble wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first firearm was a .22 Mossberg model 146B-A. I still have it, still use it & it's still a tack driver. Took a lot woodchucks & squirrels with it.

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from cedarboy1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Like DASMITH,I to had the same 1948 Daisy Lever action BB gun,but my first real firearm gun was a Iver Johnson single shot bolt action 22 rim fire rifle that came with a verbal set of DOs and don't from my father "THE MAN" and the only deviation from his rules had to come directly from GOD,The All mighty.

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from Winkmeister wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Ruger 10/22 with a plain Jane 4x scope on it. I think it made for a great First Gun. It was cheap to shoot often and perfect for squirrel or rabbit. This one was from the early '70's and I do regret selling it because I thought all guns, much less Rugers, were just as accurate and reliable as that one.

Shot my best shot ever with that gun: rolling unwanted 45 records across a quarry floor, after hitting a piece out of it on the move, it fell against a small rock so that it lay perfectly flat to my kneeling position. At about 50+ yards I took one shot which cut the record in half (WITH A .22!) except for a quarter of an inch that held the two sides together. Fun Times!!

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from Dickster wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The first gun that I actually worked and paid for was a
Winchester Model 190 semi-auto 22. I think I paid $52 for it at Coast-to-Coast in Detroit Lakes, MN and had to buy it on the lay away plan. I still have it and it has fired many bricks of LR ammo!

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from srlarson wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At 16 dad bought me a Remington 870 Wingmaster, 12 guage. No way I would sell....seldom use anymore...but it has an honored spot in the gun safe!

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

H&R 12 gauge, single shot, I was 18, don't have it anymore, gave it to a friend when I went into the Army in 1977

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from buriti wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a CBC (a.k.a. MagTech) 8 mm (.310") rimfire single shot shotgun, exposed hammer and ejector. The original shells had a glass overshot wad and if you were not careful they would get dislodged and shot would spill. Later they were crimped and the problem was solved.

With the little 310 I shot pigeons, doves, tinamous and cat fish while dreaming of hunting lions and other African animals form the Tarzan stories that my grandfather told me.

My mom gave this shotgun to my dad as a wedding gift, it came in "007" brief case along a small trap throwing machine for really mini skeet, but both were lost by the time I got the gun at age 7.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 6- Daisey BB gun

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

WAM, dang right 28 ain't cheap and really neither is 410.

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My dad got me a Marlin Model 60 with the squirrel engraved in the stock, shot many a small game with that gun, shot many box of ammo thru it over the years. Had alot of good times with my dad carrying that gun. Still have that rifle.

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from featherfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun of my own was a Springfield Jr. 22 Long Rifle single shot bolt action and 22 inch tube, It was found in an old chicken coop about to be demolished. A contractor friend of my Dad asked if he could give it to me as I often accompanied Dad to work on his equipment on weekend. I learned a lot from that rifle- how to properly clean one, re-blue with cold blue and stock refinishing- I scraped up odd job money to purchase Marbles sights- a semi buck horn- rear and gold bead front- It was damn accurate and I hunted alot of small game and eliminated garden and farm pests with that rifle until I joined the Army for the next twenty years- some time after I first joined I had to put the rifle to rest after some siblings who had not the love a an old friend broke many of the working parts of the bolt thru mishandling and just plain carelessness- A tear came to me eye when I saw it- The action and barrel were destroyed to keep it out of bad hands but the stock was touched up and given to the neighbor kids who used it as a toy gun- it lived on a little longer that way-

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from featherfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun of my own was a Springfield Jr. 22 Long Rifle single shot bolt action and 22 inch tube, It was found in an old chicken coop about to be demolished. A contractor friend of my Dad asked if he could give it to me as I often accompanied Dad to work on his equipment on weekend. I learned a lot from that rifle- how to properly clean one, re-blue with cold blue and stock refinishing- I scraped up odd job money to purchase Marbles sights- a semi buck horn- rear and gold bead front- It was damn accurate and I hunted alot of small game and eliminated garden and farm pests with that rifle until I joined the Army for the next twenty years- some time after I first joined I had to put the rifle to rest after some siblings who had not the love a an old friend broke many of the working parts of the bolt thru mishandling and just plain carelessness- A tear came to me eye when I saw it- The action and barrel were destroyed to keep it out of bad hands but the stock was touched up and given to the neighbor kids who used it as a toy gun- it lived on a little longer that way-

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I bought my first gun mail order when I was 10 years old[1948]It was a single shot bolt action .22 that i bought from a trapping supply co.Sent $12.00 cash in the mail and received it a few days later.Do not know the brand.It was called Trappers Special.Two years later my Dad gave me a bolt action 410 with a tublar magazine which I used for 4 years and killed ducks,pheasants,quail,doves,rabbits and squirrels with.

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from combat.medic wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was delayed, thanks to my brother. Every privelege he ever had was abused: he got a bike, he disappeared for hours. He got a bb gun, he shot pocket lint at me (it hurts worse than it sounds!). He ruined his own opportunity to get a firearm, and since he was the oldest, he ruined my opportunity as well. We've each aged a few years since, he (finally) grew up and bought some real guns with real consequences and learned to use them properly. As soon as I turned 18 I bought my first, a Remington 870 express 16ga. Still got it, but it's getting harder to find ammo, and they don't make parts... apparently the 16ga--the perfect guage, in my opinion--is obsolete.

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from texasred_54 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Like a lot of farm kids, my first real gun was a Stevens single shot break action (aka single barrel) shotgun. It was a full choke 16 gauge when I was 12. I picked peas all summer long, saved my money and remember walking into the farm/furniture/insurance/etc (remember back when a small store pretty much sold everything you need) on that hot August day in that lil Texas town. Two days later I took my first dove with it. It shot true, recoil was manageable and you could (ok, it's a childhood memory) feed that beast anything in the 16 gauge genera and bring down game.

Thirty years later, I swapped it out to get my daughter her first shotgun (20 gauge, recoil pad, etc). She never did like shooting, got a degree in social work and has become more than liberal (and you know what that means as far as having a gun around).

I miss that Stevens.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

well the first one i was really allowed to use was my grandpas topper model 48 20 gauge single shot.killed my first squrril with it. then dad let me use his old savage 67 e 12 gauge pump shotgun. i illed my first deer with that. that christmas i asked for a mossberg 500 because i had used my cousins dads once when yote hunting ( i think the total of 6 rounds had to do somthing with that). so for christmas i got one in 12 gauge. when i sold my first steer i got $250 to keep and spend on a new gun. with some extra money i started looking around and i was goona either buy a remington 597 or a henry .22 lever action. well i settled on the henry and it has never let me down. the day after i got it grandpa came to pick us up for church cause mom and dad were working and he called and siad "theres a groundhog on the proch better get a gun!" so i grabed my henry and some .22 shells and sure enough there was a ground hog betwwen the flower pot and the house. 1 shot killed him. man was i glad i didnt grab the mossberg! i ill never sell any of those guns too!

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from LeadHead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Other than a BB/pellet gun, my first real gun was a Remington model 580 .22 single shot, a tack-driver that I still have almost 30 years later. My first shotgun was an Ithaca model 66 20 gauge which I unfortunately sold to upgrade to a Winchester 1300 XTR. That shotgun was unregrettably sold not that much later and I have been shooting Remington shotguns ever since, being an 870 addict.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Must have been about 12. Beautiful Mossberg 340K x .22 with semi target sights. I was parked on the farm for the summer to shoot rats in the barn and granaries. That cool, dark barn was my jungle.

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from Kurt Kraeplin wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 10, A Marlin Model 39-A 22LR Lever Action. I still have it and plan on passing it down one day.

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from curtis85 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Marlin Model 56 Levermatic with a ten round clip went through a lot of .22 ammo

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1961, a new, bolt action, J.C. Higgins single-shot .22 rimfirerifle from Sears & Roebuck that cost $21. It was actually made by Marlin, and I enjoyed it very much. I sold it to my best buddy as his first rifle and used the proceeds to pay off a Marlin 39A I had on lay-away. My friend, in turn, eventually sold it to his father. It occurred to me to purchase it from his dad to present the rifle to my own son, but the gentleman passed away and I chose not to pursue it.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington O/U. I can't shoot it worth a darn but I still have it and refuse to sell it.

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from Scott Kittinger wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

H&R Topper Jr. in 20 ga. I killed so much game with that one Dad didn't want to get me anything else. But I did finally talk him into getting me a nice 870 Wingmaster 12 ga. with all the nice wood and finish that makes it a fine shotgun. I still have both of those guns and will either hand them down to my daughter when she is ready or they'll hand them out when they split up my gear when I'm dead!

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from BuckAndBass wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was, and is a .243 rossi single shot. It's my only gun thusfar and hope to get a new, better gun. To tell the truth, I hate the thing. HAHAHA!!!

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from ADKHunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my very first gun was a rossi 20ga/22lr combo i had have it still but i dont use it i upgraded to a 12ga 1100

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from tony167n wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun I was given was a Remington 870 20 gauge at the age of 13...the first gun I bought was just recently. I am 18 and I bought a new Ruger No. 1 I'm 25-06 and put a nikon buckmasters 3-9 on it.

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from Gump96 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 11. Thomson Center Encore 7mm-08

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from sasquatch wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg 500 12 gauge field/deer combo

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from rp1750 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my first gun was a remington model 511 " The Scoremaster" bolt action with 2 clips.I still have as I try to hunt everyday.

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from neelyii wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Model 94 Winchester .30-30. My great-grandfather had given it to my grandfather, and he gave it to me. I still have it, and it still shoots right on. I don't hunt deer with it any more, but it sure is good for hullin' them hogs.

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from Josiah2729 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington 12ga 870 Express, wood stock. Got it when I was 12 after we gave up on a project car. Dad sold the car and bought me the gun. Still using it.

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from bassmaster0101 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Beside my BB gun on Christmas when I was twelve my day gave me a Remington 870 express combo. I love this gun still today it’s been threw hell and still shoots like the day I got it. I shot skeet with it last year and today its desert digital hydro dipped with a 16" barrel, extended tube and yes filled with 00 buck. If you break in to my home you can meet it two!!! This gun has had thousands of rounds threw it and I have owned it for 14 years and I would trust it with my live any day!!!

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from hutter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1964 at age 7 I recieved a brothers hand me down H@R Topper .410 that had a factory stock that was the color blue.A nice royal blue.From what I understand they came in several different colors.Once I grew out of it was traded off for some other shotgun. That was the last one I'v ever seen! Let me know if any body has one out there. I took my first squirrel with the blue "beast".

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from tybostev5 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 12 Remington 870 20 gauge pump

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from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 8 Red Ryder BB gun. For a real fireamr it was at age 13 A Harrington and Richardson Topper Model 88 20 gauge.

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from macmadman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My first gun was a Harrington & Richardson single shot .410. Good, stout little gun. Color case-hardened receiver. I still have it. No children, so not sure where it will go when I'm gone.

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from originalmikewynne wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

A Daisy B B gun at age 8, then a Stevens 410 not too long after that.

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from Kingmauser wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Model 94 Winchester and JC Higgins 12 Gauge shotgun...have had them both for about 35 years now.

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from weatherbyj wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

my first .22 was a 542t remington I still have and my first hi-po was a weatherby mk iv in .300 wby mag. I cannot count the shots through the 541 but i have around 4000 through the now wore out weatherby both guns have been very well used and abused and now reside in a place of honor in my safe. The weatherby was my all around gun "it was the only hi-po i had" i hunted everything from groundhogs to bear with it and i learned to reload using it as a test mule.

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from Jnelson64 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

first shotgun: age 10, an H&R Single shot Topper Jr .410 gauge. it was an xmas present from my parents.

First Rifle: age 13, Browning A-Bolt .243 wssm, with a 3.8-12x44 Simons Aetec scope. which was a first prize winner at a pheasants forever, also won a benelli nova 12.

First bought Rifle: age 19, Marlin 60.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My very first gun I got from my granddad and dad. I was 12 years old and it was Christmas. They went together and bought it for me. It was a bolt action single shot 22. I don't remember the make or model. I just remeber being so happy. For 3 years after that every dollar I had I bought a box of 22 bullets. Then when I turned 14 I got a winchest 30-30. I killed more deer with that rifle. But that single shot 22 was really my favorit gun ever.

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from RML wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

First I bought for myself: Ruger Single Six in .22 LR/.22 Mag. First that was given to me: Marlin 36G in .30-30. I got an elk with the Marlin. Many cans were thoroughly ventilated with the Ruger.

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from quinnm107 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Age 21, Desert Eagle .50AE, bought it for myself

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from hockeyplayer wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Age 11. my grandpa gave me his L.C. Smith field grade 16 Gauge. it sat in his closet he shot 4 rounds thru it ever. love it and plan on giving it to my son someday.

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from Angler2 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

age 15, Remington 870 express magnum

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from mauser78 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

age 18, Remington 597 .22LR, still have it, though I personally have had nothing but bad luck with it, it is one of the biggest pieces of crap I've ever owned, but I can't bring myself to sell it.

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from Samiel2d wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

i am not sure of the brand, but my first gun was a single shot bolt action .410/.45 that was given to me the Christmas before my 9th birthday. after an incident with the gun and losing one of the best dogs i have ever had i put the gun away and didnt touch it for over 10 years. when my youngest brother had his first son, i gave the gun to him with the intention of him giving it to his son and both of us teaching him how to use it. he will be 6 this coming feb. and gets too shoot with the adults under very strict supervision.

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from George Szaszvari wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Age 49 (!) S&W model 17 revolver in 22LR, a present from my wife to be, and still the most accurate handgun I have. After acquiring a number of different types and calibers of guns, I got to hankering after a matching rifle in 22LR, so wifey recently presented me (after getting my preferred specifications) with a 22" barrel Marlin bolt action with tube magazine. Definitely the best rifle I have, along with a growing interest in black powder and 19th century style muzzleloaders.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Savage Stevens 20 gauge single barrel, youth model, 3" chamber. I just ordered the ejection spring and extractor, which has been broken forever, so that I had to carry a .308 round to drop down the barrel to knock out the spent shells. Checkering worn smooth, front bead missing, looks like it was dragged through the briar patch backwards,kicks hard. My son will shoot it on rabbits, sharpies, huns and pheasants next year. I loved everything about it. Still do.

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from MaxPower wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 8, Remington 581. I still have it and I still love it. Probably won't give it to my oldest son when he's old enough because I love it so much, I'll just buy him his own.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 13, I baked and sold cookies and cinnamon rolls for many months to save up for a Winchester 1300 20 guage pump.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

To Del: Thanks for the update, and I'm not surprised the Vanguard shoots so well. They are great guns, and great values. I got my first .300 Weatherby in 1965, and still have it. Never quite got used to the cartridge, as it shoots so flat you have to re-orient your thinking. "Shouldn't the bullets start dropping some time soon?" And they don't.

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A man ought never part with his first gun.It's one of those market along the journey of life well lived.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Clay, back in the day Western Auto brand guns bore the name "Revelation". My first in 1960 was a Revelation bolt action 410 shotgun. First critter was a coot. After getting used to shooting doves with a 410 tne move up to a 12 was like shooting a cannon. My favorite upland gun is a Beretta 28 ga O/U these days.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 39, a beautiful, unaltered 1896 .30-40 Krag, which my grandpa bought from the NRA when he got home from WWI. Inherited it after my dad died. Oh, baby, that bolt action is SMOOTH!

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Early in my hunting career my gun would be whatever I could borrow from friends or family. When I turned 16 I had enough money to buy my own gun. She was a 16ga Mossberg 500 with a firm rubber butt plate, tight choke and loose action. I loved that gun. She was my first. I took care of her and she never let me down.

I sold her to some stranger for $50 bucks because I needed beer money.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Dave the Vanguard 2 in 300 Wby is turning out to be a nice gun for only 450 bucks. My best load so far spits out a 168 grain TTSX bullet a tad over 3200 fps and groups about .75 inch at 100 yds. That would be the max listed charge of H4350 in a Nosler case with Fed 215 magnum primer. Sorry, I'm not saying what that is, you can find it in the Barnes manual #4. BTW I shot about 30 rounds yesterday and did not have any problems with recoil. Did use a Paste shoulder pad. You won't confuse this rifle with a new model 70 Winchester but then it's much easier on the budget too.

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from spuddog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was an Ithaca single shot lever action 22 mag. My brother and I mowed lawns and did yard work for 2 rifles. My brother got the Ruger 10-22. The ithaca had a pit in the chamber and I had to knock out the shells with a ramrod. Of course my brothers made fun of me and called it my muzzle loader. I soon saved up for a Marlin semi-auto with a tube magazine. They were both sold to a pawn shop in Gallup, NM for cash because I fell in love with a 1976 Winchester 9422M. I still have the Win.

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from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a red ryder bb gun that my uncle gave me for my first birthday.
My first "real" gun was a Mossberg 500 20 gauge.

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

http://www.owenguns.com/used-guns/wp-content/uploads/classipress/toz-17-...

TOZ-17 baikal with scope and silencer that i bought and registered in my dads name when i was 13.. got the money for it by cutting cods tounges at the local fishprocessin plant after school.. hard work getting it and think i ran something like 10k rounds through it be4 i sold it on to a saphmi that was gonna put down his reindeers for slaughter with it..

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from kplace wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

crossman pump master 760. using pellets for smallgame before it was cool. maybe nine?

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from John L wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Winchester Model 12, 20 gauge.
Great little gun, still shoots exactly where you point it.
Serial number indicates made in 1928.
Guess they knew how to make things then.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Red Ryder BB gun the year Christmas Story was at the movies. You'll shoot your eye out.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin .22 wood stock with weaver scope.

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from Eric Greene wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin .22 wood stock with weaver scope.

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from mike55 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

First gun was a Rem 581 .22 which I bought myself when I was 14, maybe 15 back in '69 or '70. Don't remember which it was. Saved my paper route money, saw an ad in the local paper, rode my bike across town and bought it from a private party. Can you imagine a kid doing that these days?!! Nobody thought anything about it back then. Times have sure changed!

Didn't have a father around, just me, my mom, and three sisters. My two oldest brothers, who were hunters, couldn't wait to get out of the noisy house (I was probably the biggest contributor to that, but noise didn't bother me back then) and enlisted in the service as soon as they could. Even if they were around they didn't want to do anything with their punky, way younger brother. Both grandfathers passed away before I was born so that wasn't a route to the "first gun" either. With all the above extenuating circumstances I had to take matters into my own hands to get the first gun!! Got on the bike and went for it. Still have it, still shoots good. Will be my sons some day.

I liked the 581 so much that a couple of years later, when my cash flow improved, I bought its much more powerful sister, the Rem 591 in the 5MM Rem. Rim. Mag. That's one I wish I hadn't sold. It really shot once I had it's twelve pound trigger pull lightened to about five pounds. The ammo for it was alot more costly than the .22 Mag. Hunters and shooters back then weren't willing to pay a premium for it over the .22 Mag, even though it's down range ballistics were far superior to the it. With the success of the .17 HMR these days and it's premium price over the .22 Mag that hunters and shooters are now willing to pay, I wonder if the 5MM Rem. Mag. could have made it now? Maybe if they would have called it the .204 Rem Rim Mag. it'd still be around!! Being that Americans don't have much affection for anything MM, except of course for the "Lucky Seven".
The only reason I was able to sell it in '82 was that I had two boxes of ammo for it. Rem. discontinued the ammo years earlier. By then the ammo was really scarce if one could find any and very expensive. If I would have kept it, there's now a centerfire bolt conversion for it and CF brass available and lots of 5MM or should I say .204 bullets out there. Really liked that gun, and now there'd be ammo available for it :P

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

For Christmas, 1974, my grandfather bought myself and my three older brothers all new Remington Model 1100 shotguns. In order from my oldest brother to me, 1100 12 gauge. 1100 20 gauge. 1100 28 gauge and my baby, the 1100 410 gauge. A beautiful lineup of some very nice quality shotguns! My mom about had a fit, so we had to keep them all out at our grandfather's farm. Now, many years later, three of us still have our guns, complete with their original boxes. My gun is truly a joy for hunting pheasant and rabbit! Couple that with the world's greatest Dog! It doesn't get any better than that! lol

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I suppose my first gun was a Daisy pump BB gun. I wore it out. My dad gave me a single shot .22 that bears the name Century Arms that was my first firearm. For decades I loved Browning A-5s more than any other shotgun and have owned about all versions and gauges. I still have the last new Belgium Light 12 with an extra barrel that I ever saw on a shelf.

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from Riverrat57 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 9, a single-shot, Iver Johnson & Cycle Works, Champion, 410 shotgun, that my Dad had when he was very young, & and it just got passed on to my grandson Louie (who is 9).

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 11 I got a Stevens 94 28 gauge single shot. After finding out how expensive the 28 ga. shells were, I traded it for a Stevens 94C 12 gauge 32" barrel which I still have, well worn.

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from MattB wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Ithaca single shot lever action 22 when I was 5 years old. Shot a lot of Texas jackrabbits with that gun!

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

@ TED FORD: Reason why your computer didn't catch that is because the word you erroneously placed ('market' instead of 'markers') wasn't misspelled. Right there is a perfect example. I typed 'mispelled' thinking that was proper but the red line came up prompting me to correct the spelling. (I left it 'misspelled' to show):-)

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a M/37 Ithaca 20 ga., 28" Full choke, plain barrel. I cut grass all summer to pay for it and was the hardest $109 I ever earned. I later bought a 26" I.C. Ribbed barrel that didn't leave just the wings on the quail for the dog to pick up. I think I killed my first everything with that gun, I still have it with both barrels. I would tie the case to the seat and handle bars of my bicycle like a scabbard and ride to my Uncle's house to squirrel hunt the woods behind his house when I was 9 or 10. Imagine what a stir that would cause today,,,

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from Winkmeister wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Ruger 10/22 with a plain Jane 4x scope on it. I think it made for a great First Gun. It was cheap to shoot often and perfect for squirrel or rabbit. This one was from the early '70's and I do regret selling it because I thought all guns, much less Rugers, were just as accurate and reliable as that one.

Shot my best shot ever with that gun: rolling unwanted 45 records across a quarry floor, after hitting a piece out of it on the move, it fell against a small rock so that it lay perfectly flat to my kneeling position. At about 50+ yards I took one shot which cut the record in half (WITH A .22!) except for a quarter of an inch that held the two sides together. Fun Times!!

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from buriti wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a CBC (a.k.a. MagTech) 8 mm (.310") rimfire single shot shotgun, exposed hammer and ejector. The original shells had a glass overshot wad and if you were not careful they would get dislodged and shot would spill. Later they were crimped and the problem was solved.

With the little 310 I shot pigeons, doves, tinamous and cat fish while dreaming of hunting lions and other African animals form the Tarzan stories that my grandfather told me.

My mom gave this shotgun to my dad as a wedding gift, it came in "007" brief case along a small trap throwing machine for really mini skeet, but both were lost by the time I got the gun at age 7.

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from featherfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun of my own was a Springfield Jr. 22 Long Rifle single shot bolt action and 22 inch tube, It was found in an old chicken coop about to be demolished. A contractor friend of my Dad asked if he could give it to me as I often accompanied Dad to work on his equipment on weekend. I learned a lot from that rifle- how to properly clean one, re-blue with cold blue and stock refinishing- I scraped up odd job money to purchase Marbles sights- a semi buck horn- rear and gold bead front- It was damn accurate and I hunted alot of small game and eliminated garden and farm pests with that rifle until I joined the Army for the next twenty years- some time after I first joined I had to put the rifle to rest after some siblings who had not the love a an old friend broke many of the working parts of the bolt thru mishandling and just plain carelessness- A tear came to me eye when I saw it- The action and barrel were destroyed to keep it out of bad hands but the stock was touched up and given to the neighbor kids who used it as a toy gun- it lived on a little longer that way-

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 7, Western Auto 30-30 and Mossberg 410 Model 173 bolt action

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was a remington 870 20ga brand new that I got from my grandparents. I used for just about everything for a good 10 years. I still have it and use it for dove and quail. It takes me back to some good memories. I will be passing it to my kid as a first gun.

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from johntalbott wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

NEF 20 gauge. Single shot with a rifled barrel for slug hunting. First gun that was truly "mine." Before that was an old 410 that had been in my family for over 70 years. Still worked great.

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from johntalbott wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I got that 20 gauge on my 8th birthday. Went squirrel hunting with it the next day with my dad, brother, and another father/son team from church.

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from fatkins76 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 7, I was given a Rem 870 20ga that my brothers had put several thousand rounds through. I used it for 20 years, and I plan to give it to my son one day. When I was 8, I got to unwrap a Ruger M77 .243 for Christmas. To this day, it is still my go-to rifle.

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from HunterHaas wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 11 ish., New England Pardner 20 gauge single shot, bead sight... Then eventually upgraded to Remington 870 12 ga.

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from Anhinga wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first firearm was a Stevens single shot 20 Ga. The first firearm I purchased was a Browning .22 auto - gallery model (.22 shorts only). I still have both -- the Stevens is 56 years old and the Browning is 52+ years old, purchased from our neighbor for $110! Still shoot the Browning monthly, Yes Dave, an auto, but no burning powder in the face, on the off arm sometimes though! That little gun has accounted for over 1500 squirrels over those 52+ years, with more than 100,000 rounds fired through it.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A no-name American department store SxS internal hammer 16ga. I have really admired SxS ever since. I traded that one off a long time ago but missed it enough, as an unpland game gun, that I recently (couple years back) bought a SxS 12ga.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 12, a NEF single shot 20 gauge. It isn't worth much and isn't much fun to shoot but maybe I'll have a son that can learn with it. The first gun I ever really cared anything about is a Stevens bolt action 30-30. My dad and I both shot our first deer with it many years apart. He still hunts with it exclusively. I told him that his will, my brother and sister can have everything but that rifle.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The one I hunted most with, as a boy, and that I recall very fondly, was a Savage Model 24 B-Grade from the 1940s, .22WMR/.410. I must have shot dozens of snowshoe hares and a whole bunch of partridge with that. But it wasn't my gun in the ownership sense.

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from etexan wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

About the time I was in Jr High my Dad decided I was ready for my own gun. We looked at used gun racks at local gunshops and finally bought a Montgomery Ward 16 ga pump for about $52. I still have it. Believe it has a brand name like Noble on it. Learned a lot from that.
Passed up a used Win M12 in 20 gauge but it was so expensive...$90. This was probably 1962 or so. Have added lots of guns since then but no more Nobles.

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from gfrichie wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I had an old Winchester Model 37 that my dad got me when I was thirteen, but the firing pin was faulty, so I ended up with a beautiful 28 gauge wingmaster

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At the age of about 4 years, my great-uncle (no children) handed down his 16ga L.C. Smith as a Christmas present to the "only" great-nephew. I couldn't keep both ends off the floor. The first "gun" I was allowed to hunt with was an A.H. Fox .410! The Fox is gone, I still have the Smith!

Bubba

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 8, remington left handed 20 gauge 1100....still have that gun

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I bought a used Rem Scoremaster bolt action 22 when I was 12. I still have it and it still gets its fair share of squirrels and rabbits every fall.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Shotgun: Age 12, Mossberg 500, 20ga. Rife: Age 13, Winchester 94, .30-30. But grew up shooting my dads Sears .22 boltaction, before that. That gun is now my older brothers.

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from Storm Hall wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Marlin 30-30

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from Proverbs wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 10 I was given my first gun, a used Marlin-Glenfield Mod. 10 single-shot .22 with the squirrel carved in the pistol grip. What a beaut!

It has always fired incredibly true, and I hunt squirrel with it every year. My own son turns 10 next spring...and he will someday end up with it. (When he turned 8 I gave him a new single-shot Henry .22).

I have numerous rifles, including a couple customs that my friends shook their heads at when they asked and were told the price. But I'll tell you this: That Marlin-Glenfield would be the LAST rifle I would part with. It is part of my earliest and most treasured hunting memories.

Thank the Good Lord for Fathers!

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I toted a variety of guns from the family gun cabinet, a Parker,an Ithaca and a Stevens single barrel .410 with which I killed my first quail.At 14 I saved $30 to be matched by my Father to buy a 16Ga. Marlin Model 90 o/u choked tight and tighter still.Hunted pretty much everything with it.Still have it,will always have my first gun.Still an o/u man.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was just a pup, an uncle gave me a Savage 1904 single shot and I still have it. I never hunted with it as it was just not very well suited to that and I was too young anyway. When dad thought me old enough for the tall timber, I well remember the day we went to a local gun shop and came home with a Winchester 121Y .22 single shot that my daughter has since claimed as her squirrel gun.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My Great Uncle George gave me a Ruger 10/22 when I turned 12 w/ a 3/4" Bushnell scope. I have put thousands and thousands of rounds through it, and my 9 year old is well on his way to putting thousands and thousands more through it. Deadly accurate, extremely reliable. I've had the gun for 24 years now and I've disassembled it and really cleaned the trigger group and action ONCE. And that was last year! It's realistically had around 10,000 rounds through it and is still dead-on.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was 10, I got, for Christmas, a Ted Williams (Sears) .22 semi-auto, 10-round rifle.

However, I had no idea how a semi-auto worked in real life at that time.

So on Christmas morning, in the woods, I operated the rifle like the others I had shot with the family. I fired a round, and then pulled the bolt. I thought it was a very bad version of a bolt action.

It also took me a while to figure out why, after firing 5 rounds, the rifle was empty, and there were cartridges all over the ground.

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from jim in nc wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Stevens armory model falling block single-shot .22 with a beavertail forearm and flip-up rear sight, from my father who got it from his father.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The summer before sixth grade I bought my first gun, a Marlin Model 60 .22. It now has a BSA high power scope on it and will take out a squirrel at up to around 80 yds.

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from country road wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

When I was ten I got a single shot .410---don't remember the brand---and I couldn't hit very well with it. I quickly got hold of a 20 ga. and my success rate skyrocketed---killed my first buck with it at age 12.

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from Sciacchitano wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My father, who was decidedly anti-gun, for some reason lost to time and bad memory bought me a Model 1884 Springfield when I was about 11 or 12. Back then it couldn't have cost him more than $20 or $30. Perhaps the fact that the firing pin was frozen and it couldn't have fired a round helped ease the way. My next two guns, almost a decade later, were an Air Force issued slab sided M-16 and a filched U.S. Army .45 Colt, and it's been downhill ever since for both me and my pocketbook.

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from 2lb.test wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At age 7 seven I was given my Dad's first shotgun a single barrel Stevens .410 followed for dove hunting followed shortly after by a Sears .22 bolt action.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Harrington & Richardson single-shot in 12 gauge.

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 16, Steven's 16-ga sxs paid with paper route money. It had 28" barrels m/f. Good on pheasants, real trouble hitting grouse with it. Cut barrels off to 25" and hunted with that shotgun for 17-years. Took more game with that shotgun than with anything else I've own. Main shotgun in college until I bought my first 12-ga skeet gun. Sold the Stevens to a beginning bird hunter in USAF.

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from aftermidnight wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was an Ithica Featherlight 20 gauge with a slug barrel. I almost immedietly bought a long barrel for it. I had the one gun to use for everything, I think it was 1976. As I had used my dads Ithica 12 gauge for everything, (my 1st deer) and pigeons, pheasants, ducks, it fit well and served well. I still have it, loaded with buckshot for any intruders. What a great gun. I got it for $115.00 used. I also have the 12 gauge, loaded also for bear.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I purchased my 1st gun, A winchester 94 a 1970s manufactured top eject, which I don't regret selling perse`, just wish I knew if it had any collector's value?
Also, I had a Redfield 4X scope on it that was a piece of crap!

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I could have sworn I just posted something.... I had to carry an H&R 20 ga. single shot for a year with the shell in my pocket like Barney Fife the first year I got to hunt. The second year I was lucky enough to load my shotgun before the birds flew.

Finally when I was 12 I graduated to a gun of my own, an Ithaca Model 37 Featherweight. We pretty much only hunted quail but my dad had a great pointer and it was a whole lot of fun. I only wish the opportunities were there for my children.

Oh and kplace my 760 was famous in our neighborhood. It was the first pellet gun I bought all three of my sons. They shoot.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

AT age 13 for Christmas in 1959 a Winchester Model 67 single shot .22 rifle. It is in my gun safe now and shoots as good as ever and that was good.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

hal herring,
no way your lying your not that old, really?
I'm 60 and my first gun, please don't count my Daisy BB gun, was the Stevens 20ga. break open barrel single shot at about the age of 12. I was a rabbits worst nightmare.
Back then all my factory shells were made of paper hulls. When shot there was no finer smell than came from them. These new plastic hulls don't do Unique or Herco powder justice. jmo

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from Ed J wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Win mod 63 22 lr. Still have it.

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from coachsjike wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 19 i had just gotten into hunting because i went to school in vermont so i bought a used marlin 30-30 with a bushnell scope. boy was that gun on target. wound up selling it years later but wish i didn't.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my first firearm made it under the Christmas tree when i was 7. It was a snake charmer single barrel 410. Thanks Santa ( Dad)! I have very fond memories of my dad loading and pulling clay pigeons for my younger brother and I at our farm. My dad spent a lot of time with us at the farm loading and pulling clay pigeons from the spring loading trap. And that is were it all began!!

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from herrinchoker wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 4, Brownsville Texas, Meridian Mod.10, rolling block .22 single shot, chambered for short, and long.
Age 5, nailed a drake mallard, toss-up as to who was the most surprised, Grandpa, Dad, or the Duck. Neither one of them saw the bird, I did, and shot it. Dad picked up on the "THOU-SHALL-NOTS" after Grandpa ran out of breath.
At the time Dad was a Cameron County Deputy Sheriff, and Grandpa had been a Texas Ranger, 1894-1902. My favorite was a Stevens .25 rim fire with a scope that was longer than the barrel, but very accurate.

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from chuckles wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was a Browning A-Bolt .270 I bought when I was 24. Still the only one in my family that owns a gun. They're outdoors people, just not hunters, missing out on a heck of a lot of fun but to each his own.

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun at age 9 was a Sears and Roebuck .22 rimfire single-shot. I traded it in on a Mossberg .22 Model 342-K a few years later. Both pieces of junk.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

No one in my family (or anyone I knew) hunted, but somehow I got the bug and at age 25 bought my first gun from Sears. A 20 ga. side-by-side w/26" bbl.

I sold it, to "move up" to an 870 Wingmaster. So although it was a very basic, heavy double, I'd like to have it back. I shot a lot of game with it.

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from Larchbum wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 13 - paper route money went into a Remington Mohawk 600 in .308. Still got the old girl.

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from Fruguy101 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The first gun I used was a Remington 20 ga. for dove hunting. My family used to all come home around Thanksgiving, and we would have a skeet shoot. I was always on target with that gun. I also used a Remington .22lr semi-auto of my dad's. It was pretty good, but a heavy gun. My deer gun was a Winchester 30-30 with a scope side mounted so you could still use the iron sights. I hated that gun because the shells ejected out of the top, and I was always scared one hot shell would hit me in the face.

The first gun that was actually mine was a Marlin 30-30 that my parents gave me when I was 15 or 16. I've had that gun for fifteen years now, and I have yet to put three full boxes of shells through it. I've killed a few deer with it, and it has no scope.

My wife bought me a Remington Model 597 .22LR a few years ago. I love that little rifle. It has a camo stock on it, and I bought a 30 round clip for it. When I shoot it, I tend to think of it as my little assault rifle because of the way that 30 round clip looks in it.

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from rlowe357 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

J.C. Higgins 410 bolt action, tube feed, when I was 10 and it was also my dads first gun when he was about 10. Still got it in the gun cabinet

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from cliff68 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg Model 44 with a 4x Mossberg scope at about age 5. Shot countless squirrels with that rifle and am still at it. It's a real tack driver.

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from Jim in Avon wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

How about a Mossberg Mod. 146 B-A, a bolt .22 chosen for its tubular magazine capacity (30 shorts, 27 longs, 23 long rifles) and its variety of four front-sight posts, apertures, etc.

I got it about 55 years ago with the extra payoff from a broken pinky insurance claim, and you darn betcha I still have it -- although it looks a bit different now. About 30 years ago I did a stock job on the original wood -- took off the excess, defined a cheekpiece, put a snazzy gripcap and spacer on it along with -- ta daa! -- a recoil pad, just to lengthen the stock a bit.

I know, that all sounds like a harlot's hallucination, but it came out looking pretty darned slick. And it STILL puts five under a dime at 50 yards, albeit with a scope a tad better than the old 3/4-inch tube it came with, back when Dwight Eisenhower was president and a boy could enjoy a day out with a brick and a faithful wood-and-steel friend.

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from BarkeyVA wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

1957, Age 14, a used 12 ga. Marlin Model 90 O/U, 28" barrels choked Lt. Mod. and Imp. Mod. Dad cut 3/4" off the stock to fit me and added a piece back when I got bigger(the wood didn't match). I still have it, and I still shoot it as well as any gun I own.

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from Kenton wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg .22 model 140K I received around 8 or 10. I still have it and use it more than any gun I own. Its killed a bunch of groundhogs and squirrels over the years.

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from Douglas wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 10, a Daisy red rider BB gun. Still got it. Age 14, an Ithaca Lefever single shot 12 ga. Still got that too.

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from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was a Mattel Shootin' Shell revolver at age 5-6. Still have it. Bought my first BB gun, a Daisy Red Ryder with the plastic stock at age 11. Wore it out and don't have it anymore. First real gun was a Mossberg 20 ga. bolt with a polychoke that was my grand dads who gave it to my dad. He gave it to me for Christmas when I was 13. Still got that one.

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from Quahog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

1952 - age 14. My dad bought me a used Model 70 with the inscription "TED WILLIAMS MODEL" printed on the fore-end of the stock. It was in .243 Winchester, and I killed my first deer with it that fall. He bought me the rifle because I was always trying to borrow his Savage 99 which he willed to me years later and which I'll give to my son, Vince.

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from PbHead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Sears single shot bolt action 410. I paid less than $25, one box of shells included. I earned the money by bucking hay bales for cattle. I earned more money by removing the same hay after it came out the other end of the cattle. These funds paid for a Marlin 989 M2. I sprayed just like Dave but learned to take a ground hog or two and collected a bounty for their scalps at the courthouse. This kept me in ammo. I still have both guns and they get used every year.

I bought both these guns without being accompanied by an adult. This was back in the early 60s. The clerks were only interested in the fact that I had the money. The good old days.

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from huntenthusiest wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mine was an H&R Topper single shot in .410 the I paid $20 for back in '76 and I still have it.

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from bluegraytx wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington .22 single shot that I bought from a buddy in 1948 for ten bucks. He was moving up to an auto .22. I'm 73 now and still have the rifle, so you figure out how old I was when I bought it.

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from bluegraytx wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

(cont.) ... a year or so later my father gave me an Iver Johnson, single-shot .410. I still have it, too

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1942 when I was 10 my Grandfather passed away. I was given two of his guns, an AH Fox single shot 410 with an external hammer and a Winchester model 86 in 45/70. The Winchester has some of the best figured wood I've ever seen in a lever gun, must have been a special order. The first gun I bought my self, selling a 4-H steer two years later, was a Winchester model 70 in 270 Win. I still have all three guns and will pass them on to my great grand kids.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1942 when I was 10 my Grandfather passed away. I was given two of his guns, an AH Fox single shot 410 with an external hammer and a Winchester model 86 in 45/70. The Winchester has some of the best figured wood I've ever seen in a lever gun, must have been a special order. The first gun I bought my self, selling a 4-H steer two years later, was a Winchester model 70 in 270 Win. I still have all three guns and will pass them on to my great grand kids.

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from ishawooa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

FirstBubba and Platte River: You guys started off with better guns than most of us have now LOL.

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from ldon400 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Smith and Wesson 12 gauge pump shotgun. Received it Christmas morning when I was about ten years old. Still have it (it's priceless to me). I still love it and so does my son. Eventhough it will detatch your retinas with 3 inch shells it will always have a place in my safe and hopefully in my 11y.o. son's someday.

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from fortycal wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My very first firearm was an old Winchester Model 37 with the red lacquered letters on the bottom. It belonged to my grandpa, (who I never met). It was handed down to me by my late father on my 10th birthday. That was forty seven years ago, and the old gun still serves me without fail.

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

i recieved 2 guns suprisingly. the first gun was a winchester model 12 in 20 gauge from 1936 which is my favorite, and then also my grandfathers savage sporter .22 from 1917

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first 'real' gun was a Savage-Stevens 12 Ga pump shotgun, model 57 I think. (still have it, just too lazy to go look)
Bought it new at JC Penney's in Northfield NJ. (Yes JC Penney sold guns at one time!)
It's supposed to be Mod choke but shoots tighter than many full bore shotguns, it's now my turkey and squirrel gun and is lethal to about 50 yds!

My first "gun" was a Daisy BB gun, think it was the Model 1894? Looked just like a 30-30 Winchester, even loaded BB's into it thru a side port and it had a 'hammer' on it, though it really did nothing as far as I know! Looked alot like the one in this old ad http://www.daisymuseum.com/historyphotos/scan0001.jpg but mine had a golden receiver, the plating eventually peeled mostly off leaving a greyish metal, aluminum or pot metal? Don't remember what happened to that one, last I remember it still worked, but can't remember where it went, but it was eventually replaced by a Powerline 1200 pump up.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first real gun was a single shot .22 rifle I got the Christmas I turned eight. I lost it and about everything else I owned in a fire about 30 years ago, but I still have a picture my parents took of me holding it under the tree and grinning ear to ear. I can't remember the model but it was probably either a Marlin or something sold by Sears or Montgomery Wards. You cocked it by pulling on a knob on the back of the bolt, kind of like the safety on a Mosin Nagant. I remember it had a bright red fire indicator on it. I don't know how many boxes of ammo I ran through it but it was an awful lot. That one gun taught me almost everything I know about gun safety and how to shoot a rifle. The best thing about getting it was knowing that my parents thought I was responsible enough to own it. If I could have gone into that burning house for one thing that little rifle would have been it. Still miss it to this day.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I didn't start hunting until my 20s. My first gun was a Browning BPS 12 ga. Still have it, still hunt with it.

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from tat2tom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Stevens Model 59A 410ga, bolt action

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from tat2tom wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Stevens Model 59A 410ga, bolt action

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from TED FORD wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

That would be "markers".If this computer is so smart wonder why it missed that.

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from vasportsman wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Old Marlin model 80 DL .22 bolt action that my grandfather installed a peep sight on. Still have it and shoot it often, and still can put on a clinic target shooting with it. Never really hunted with it because I had no where to hunt until recently, but may get some hunting out of it yet to come.

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Congrats on your first Vanguard Del. I told you they were the best bargain in an accurate hunting rifle to come around in a very long time.

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from mike55 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

(cont.) Actually my first gun that wasn't chemically stoked was a Crossman 760 pump BB gun. Must have shot 50K BB's through it. Wore it out, sent it in to have it rebuilt and wore it out again. Paid $12 for it around my 12th birthday in '67. It shot pretty well for a smoothbore. It had real wood stocks and a metal receiver. Saw the latest rendition of it a few years ago in a department store and was shocked by all the cheap plastic on it. The magazine must have held at least a 100 BB's, so it's easy to see how 50k BB's may be under estimated. Seldom shot .177 pellets, they were more expensive and a lot slower loading one at a time.

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I was deadly with a slingshot before I was granted access to a Red Rider bb gun.

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from SD Bob wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was an FIE single shot 12 gauge. It was a rabbit saving machine! If you didn't have your thumb just right on the hammer, you couldn't muster the strength to get it back. A year later I oiled it up and sold it at a garage sale which transitioned me towards number two: an H&R single shot twelve. I didn't hit more rabbits but I at least got the hammer back and actually fired before the rabbit got away.

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from Bearkiller wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a Mossberg .22cal model 46B topped with a Weaver B4 scope. It was a fantastic setup, a rare combination that worked extremely well together. I once shot a woodpecker off the side of a post 1/4 of a mile away. I loved this gun. Eventually I wore out the barrel so I moved on to other stuff, but it was one of the best ever.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was a M/37 Ithaca 20 ga., 28" Full choke, plain barrel. I cut grass all summer to pay for it and was the hardest $109 I ever earned. I later bought a 26" I.C. Ribbed barrel that didn't leave just the wings on the quail for the dog to pick up. I think I killed my first everything with that gun, I still have it with both barrels. I would tie the case to the seat and handle bars of my bicycle like a scabbard and ride to my Uncle's house to squirrel hunt the woods behind his house when I was 9 or 10. Imagine what a stir that would cause today,,,

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Daisy "Spittin Image" 1894, I shot the seal out of it twice and dad bought and replaced both mine and my best friends as he thought he would never shoot sagain. Like Dave, I sold it to him and had been sick ever since, went home to Mi. on vacation and saw it in his garage sale offered him a Bowie Knife for it and still have it. Thanks Dad ! Miss him terrible

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first was a Daisy Western lever action 700 shot, its in the box in my closet at home. The next was a German single shot .22 with added target peep sights for NRA rifle club, in the gun cabinet at home. The first I bought was a new Ruger 10/22 and its in the gun cabinet at home. Bought and traded many others but, these are the ones that stay around.

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from czar911 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun - loaned to me - was a Winchester 52C when I was 10 or 11. The first gun I bought was 40 years ago - an Anshutz (SP?) 1413 Super Match. My brother owns it now.

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from Jerry Kimble wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first firearm was a .22 Mossberg model 146B-A. I still have it, still use it & it's still a tack driver. Took a lot woodchucks & squirrels with it.

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from cedarboy1 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Like DASMITH,I to had the same 1948 Daisy Lever action BB gun,but my first real firearm gun was a Iver Johnson single shot bolt action 22 rim fire rifle that came with a verbal set of DOs and don't from my father "THE MAN" and the only deviation from his rules had to come directly from GOD,The All mighty.

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from Dickster wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

The first gun that I actually worked and paid for was a
Winchester Model 190 semi-auto 22. I think I paid $52 for it at Coast-to-Coast in Detroit Lakes, MN and had to buy it on the lay away plan. I still have it and it has fired many bricks of LR ammo!

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from srlarson wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

At 16 dad bought me a Remington 870 Wingmaster, 12 guage. No way I would sell....seldom use anymore...but it has an honored spot in the gun safe!

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

H&R 12 gauge, single shot, I was 18, don't have it anymore, gave it to a friend when I went into the Army in 1977

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 6- Daisey BB gun

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

WAM, dang right 28 ain't cheap and really neither is 410.

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from vehicle wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My dad got me a Marlin Model 60 with the squirrel engraved in the stock, shot many a small game with that gun, shot many box of ammo thru it over the years. Had alot of good times with my dad carrying that gun. Still have that rifle.

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from featherfisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun of my own was a Springfield Jr. 22 Long Rifle single shot bolt action and 22 inch tube, It was found in an old chicken coop about to be demolished. A contractor friend of my Dad asked if he could give it to me as I often accompanied Dad to work on his equipment on weekend. I learned a lot from that rifle- how to properly clean one, re-blue with cold blue and stock refinishing- I scraped up odd job money to purchase Marbles sights- a semi buck horn- rear and gold bead front- It was damn accurate and I hunted alot of small game and eliminated garden and farm pests with that rifle until I joined the Army for the next twenty years- some time after I first joined I had to put the rifle to rest after some siblings who had not the love a an old friend broke many of the working parts of the bolt thru mishandling and just plain carelessness- A tear came to me eye when I saw it- The action and barrel were destroyed to keep it out of bad hands but the stock was touched up and given to the neighbor kids who used it as a toy gun- it lived on a little longer that way-

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I bought my first gun mail order when I was 10 years old[1948]It was a single shot bolt action .22 that i bought from a trapping supply co.Sent $12.00 cash in the mail and received it a few days later.Do not know the brand.It was called Trappers Special.Two years later my Dad gave me a bolt action 410 with a tublar magazine which I used for 4 years and killed ducks,pheasants,quail,doves,rabbits and squirrels with.

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from combat.medic wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was delayed, thanks to my brother. Every privelege he ever had was abused: he got a bike, he disappeared for hours. He got a bb gun, he shot pocket lint at me (it hurts worse than it sounds!). He ruined his own opportunity to get a firearm, and since he was the oldest, he ruined my opportunity as well. We've each aged a few years since, he (finally) grew up and bought some real guns with real consequences and learned to use them properly. As soon as I turned 18 I bought my first, a Remington 870 express 16ga. Still got it, but it's getting harder to find ammo, and they don't make parts... apparently the 16ga--the perfect guage, in my opinion--is obsolete.

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from texasred_54 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Like a lot of farm kids, my first real gun was a Stevens single shot break action (aka single barrel) shotgun. It was a full choke 16 gauge when I was 12. I picked peas all summer long, saved my money and remember walking into the farm/furniture/insurance/etc (remember back when a small store pretty much sold everything you need) on that hot August day in that lil Texas town. Two days later I took my first dove with it. It shot true, recoil was manageable and you could (ok, it's a childhood memory) feed that beast anything in the 16 gauge genera and bring down game.

Thirty years later, I swapped it out to get my daughter her first shotgun (20 gauge, recoil pad, etc). She never did like shooting, got a degree in social work and has become more than liberal (and you know what that means as far as having a gun around).

I miss that Stevens.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

well the first one i was really allowed to use was my grandpas topper model 48 20 gauge single shot.killed my first squrril with it. then dad let me use his old savage 67 e 12 gauge pump shotgun. i illed my first deer with that. that christmas i asked for a mossberg 500 because i had used my cousins dads once when yote hunting ( i think the total of 6 rounds had to do somthing with that). so for christmas i got one in 12 gauge. when i sold my first steer i got $250 to keep and spend on a new gun. with some extra money i started looking around and i was goona either buy a remington 597 or a henry .22 lever action. well i settled on the henry and it has never let me down. the day after i got it grandpa came to pick us up for church cause mom and dad were working and he called and siad "theres a groundhog on the proch better get a gun!" so i grabed my henry and some .22 shells and sure enough there was a ground hog betwwen the flower pot and the house. 1 shot killed him. man was i glad i didnt grab the mossberg! i ill never sell any of those guns too!

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from LeadHead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Other than a BB/pellet gun, my first real gun was a Remington model 580 .22 single shot, a tack-driver that I still have almost 30 years later. My first shotgun was an Ithaca model 66 20 gauge which I unfortunately sold to upgrade to a Winchester 1300 XTR. That shotgun was unregrettably sold not that much later and I have been shooting Remington shotguns ever since, being an 870 addict.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Must have been about 12. Beautiful Mossberg 340K x .22 with semi target sights. I was parked on the farm for the summer to shoot rats in the barn and granaries. That cool, dark barn was my jungle.

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from Kurt Kraeplin wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Age 10, A Marlin Model 39-A 22LR Lever Action. I still have it and plan on passing it down one day.

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from curtis85 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A Marlin Model 56 Levermatic with a ten round clip went through a lot of .22 ammo

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1961, a new, bolt action, J.C. Higgins single-shot .22 rimfirerifle from Sears & Roebuck that cost $21. It was actually made by Marlin, and I enjoyed it very much. I sold it to my best buddy as his first rifle and used the proceeds to pay off a Marlin 39A I had on lay-away. My friend, in turn, eventually sold it to his father. It occurred to me to purchase it from his dad to present the rifle to my own son, but the gentleman passed away and I chose not to pursue it.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington O/U. I can't shoot it worth a darn but I still have it and refuse to sell it.

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from Scott Kittinger wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

H&R Topper Jr. in 20 ga. I killed so much game with that one Dad didn't want to get me anything else. But I did finally talk him into getting me a nice 870 Wingmaster 12 ga. with all the nice wood and finish that makes it a fine shotgun. I still have both of those guns and will either hand them down to my daughter when she is ready or they'll hand them out when they split up my gear when I'm dead!

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from BuckAndBass wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun was, and is a .243 rossi single shot. It's my only gun thusfar and hope to get a new, better gun. To tell the truth, I hate the thing. HAHAHA!!!

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from ADKHunter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my very first gun was a rossi 20ga/22lr combo i had have it still but i dont use it i upgraded to a 12ga 1100

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from tony167n wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

My first gun I was given was a Remington 870 20 gauge at the age of 13...the first gun I bought was just recently. I am 18 and I bought a new Ruger No. 1 I'm 25-06 and put a nikon buckmasters 3-9 on it.

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from Gump96 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 11. Thomson Center Encore 7mm-08

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from sasquatch wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Mossberg 500 12 gauge field/deer combo

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from rp1750 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

my first gun was a remington model 511 " The Scoremaster" bolt action with 2 clips.I still have as I try to hunt everyday.

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from neelyii wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Model 94 Winchester .30-30. My great-grandfather had given it to my grandfather, and he gave it to me. I still have it, and it still shoots right on. I don't hunt deer with it any more, but it sure is good for hullin' them hogs.

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from Josiah2729 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Remington 12ga 870 Express, wood stock. Got it when I was 12 after we gave up on a project car. Dad sold the car and bought me the gun. Still using it.

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from bassmaster0101 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Beside my BB gun on Christmas when I was twelve my day gave me a Remington 870 express combo. I love this gun still today it’s been threw hell and still shoots like the day I got it. I shot skeet with it last year and today its desert digital hydro dipped with a 16" barrel, extended tube and yes filled with 00 buck. If you break in to my home you can meet it two!!! This gun has had thousands of rounds threw it and I have owned it for 14 years and I would trust it with my live any day!!!

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from hutter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In 1964 at age 7 I recieved a brothers hand me down H@R Topper .410 that had a factory stock that was the color blue.A nice royal blue.From what I understand they came in several different colors.Once I grew out of it was traded off for some other shotgun. That was the last one I'v ever seen! Let me know if any body has one out there. I took my first squirrel with the blue "beast".

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from tybostev5 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 12 Remington 870 20 gauge pump

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from Dbetzner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

age 8 Red Ryder BB gun. For a real fireamr it was at age 13 A Harrington and Richardson Topper Model 88 20 gauge.

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from macmadman wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My first gun was a Harrington & Richardson single shot .410. Good, stout little gun. Color case-hardened receiver. I still have it. No children, so not sure where it will go when I'm gone.

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from originalmikewynne wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

A Daisy B B gun at age 8, then a Stevens 410 not too long after that.

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from Kingmauser wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Model 94 Winchester and JC Higgins 12 Gauge shotgun...have had them both for about 35 years now.

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from weatherbyj wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

my first .22 was a 542t remington I still have and my first hi-po was a weatherby mk iv in .300 wby mag. I cannot count the shots through the 541 but i have around 4000 through the now wore out weatherby both guns have been very well used and abused and now reside in a place of honor in my safe. The weatherby was my all around gun "it was the only hi-po i had" i hunted everything from groundhogs to bear with it and i learned to reload using it as a test mule.

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from Jnelson64 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

first shotgun: age 10, an H&R Single shot Topper Jr .410 gauge. it was an xmas present from my parents.

First Rifle: age 13, Browning A-Bolt .243 wssm, with a 3.8-12x44 Simons Aetec scope. which was a first prize winner at a pheasants forever, also won a benelli nova 12.

First bought Rifle: age 19, Marlin 60.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

My very first gun I got from my granddad and dad. I was 12 years old and it was Christmas. They went together and bought it for me. It was a bolt action single shot 22. I don't remember the make or model. I just remeber being so happy. For 3 years after that every dollar I had I bought a box of 22 bullets. Then when I turned 14 I got a winchest 30-30. I killed more deer with that rifle. But that single shot 22 was really my favorit gun ever.

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from RML wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

First I bought for myself: Ruger Single Six in .22 LR/.22 Mag. First that was given to me: Marlin 36G in .30-30. I got an elk with the Marlin. Many cans were thoroughly ventilated with the Ruger.

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from quinnm107 wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Age 21, Desert Eagle .50AE, bought it for myself

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from hockeyplayer wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Age 11. my grandpa gave me his L.C. Smith field grade 16 Gauge. it sat in his closet he shot 4 rounds thru it ever. love it and plan on giving it to my son someday.

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from Angler2 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

age 15, Remington 870 express magnum

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from mauser78 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

age 18, Remington 597 .22LR, still have it, though I personally have had nothing but bad luck with it, it is one of the biggest pieces of crap I've ever owned, but I can't bring myself to sell it.

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from Samiel2d wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

i am not sure of the brand, but my first gun was a single shot bolt action .410/.45 that was given to me the Christmas before my 9th birthday. after an incident with the gun and losing one of the best dogs i have ever had i put the gun away and didnt touch it for over 10 years. when my youngest brother had his first son, i gave the gun to him with the intention of him giving it to his son and both of us teaching him how to use it. he will be 6 this coming feb. and gets too shoot with the adults under very strict supervision.

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from George Szaszvari wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Age 49 (!) S&W model 17 revolver in 22LR, a present from my wife to be, and still the most accurate handgun I have. After acquiring a number of different types and calibers of guns, I got to hankering after a matching rifle in 22LR, so wifey recently presented me (after getting my preferred specifications) with a 22" barrel Marlin bolt action with tube magazine. Definitely the best rifle I have, along with a growing interest in black powder and 19th century style muzzleloaders.

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