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Dennis Sorensen
08-13-2008, 09:15 AM
What was your "first" gun.

I learned how to safely handle guns at a very early age.

My first gun was a .22 single shot BSA with peep sights and a light barrel. I was 4 years old. Dad cut the butt stock off in 1 inch pieces so he could add a piece as I grew. I was allowed to use it by myself when I was 6 in a limited area on the farm. I was not allowed to go with other kids and shoot until I was 16 and even then Dad did not like it that much, he was worried about their handling skills.

I was slow finding a gopher in those sights but once locked in it was a dead gopher. I won a lot of turkeys with that .22 at the local shoots when I was about 12 and up...

david dumas
08-13-2008, 10:05 AM
Marlin 22 lever action, 12 YO,,, now 53 YO,,,, still got the Marlin,,,, and the memory's,,,,,,, was allowed to hunt alone at 13-14 YO started my kids(both girls on BB gun @ 8-9 YO, both killed deer before 14, still hunting @19 and 21 when they get a chance( both have thier own deer rifles too,,,, 7mm-08 & 30-06 with a brake)

the wind is my friend,,,,,,,,,,,

DD

chino69
08-13-2008, 10:09 AM
My first firearm was a Marlin Glenfield .22LR semi-auto. I shot thousands of rounds with that rifle and learned the basics of marksmanship. Prior to that my very first rifle was a Daisy lever action BB gun, followed by a Daisy pump BB gun, followed by a Co2 semi-auto pistol, followed by a Co2 rifle. From the time I was ten or eleven years old, I shot one of the above at every opportunity. We lived on a 90 acre farm that was still country and rural. I'm glad I had that area to hunt, shoot, and play.
Chino69

Bill Wynne
08-13-2008, 12:39 PM
My first firearm was my fathers 22. It was a Remington model 4 rolling block with a hammer. He had had it since about 1916 and I had to keep it on my grandfather's farm. It was rusty and the finish was gone from stock and forearm. It had probably never been cleaned and sometimes it failed to fire. That rifle was a junker to some but it was the stuff of dreams to me.

Concho Bill

Del Martin
08-13-2008, 01:03 PM
It was 1956 and I always stopped by this gun shop every time I walked to town. Shooting with my father was the high light of my life and I wanted to be able to go on my own and give those jackrabbits hell. One day there was this Winchester model 69 setting in the rack and I asked the owner of the shop if I could handle it. That rifle just came to life in my hands. It was perfect in every way and when I threw it up to my shoulder the sights were exactly where I was looking. I fell in love with it.
I told my father about this rifle but he was a hard working man putting in long hours in the construction business. If he could only find the time to go look at it. Some time went by and finally the rifle was gone and my Dad never made it to see it. I was so disappointed in my father and went around pouting for days. Kicking dirt and feeling sorry for myself.
That Christmas was a good one and by then I had forgotten about the rife. After all the presents had been opened and we were picking up my father asked if I would go look under my bed. I did and low and behold there was the Winchester!
I still have that rifle and always find some time now and again to shoot it. I have always felt bad about how I treated my father and now that he is 83 he will still ask me about that rifle from time to time.

Paul Fielder
08-13-2008, 01:19 PM
...in a 28ga. & a 6mm Remington 700.

After I got my taste for shooting, all of Dad's guns were adopted by me in some fashion. We are always passing back & forth our toys.

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Rock63
08-13-2008, 01:41 PM
It was 1956 and I always stopped by this gun shop every time I walked to town. Shooting with my father was the high light of my life and I wanted to be able to go on my own and give those jackrabbits hell. One day there was this Winchester model 69 setting in the rack and I asked the owner of the shop if I could handle it. That rifle just came to life in my hands. It was perfect in every way and when I threw it up to my shoulder the sights were exactly where I was looking. I fell in love with it.
I told my father about this rifle but he was a hard working man putting in long hours in the construction business. If he could only find the time to go look at it. Some time went by and finally the rifle was gone and my Dad never made it to see it. I was so disappointed in my father and went around pouting for days. Kicking dirt and feeling sorry for myself.
That Christmas was a good one and by then I had forgotten about the rife. After all the presents had been opened and we were picking up my father asked if I would go look under my bed. I did and low and behold there was the Winchester!
I still have that rifle and always find some time now and again to shoot it. I have always felt bad about how I treated my father and now that he is 83 he will still ask me about that rifle from time to time.

Del, thanks for the cool story, you told it well. You have a terrific dad, I hope you show him a copy of this discussion so you can both remember.

Paul Fielder
08-13-2008, 02:10 PM
....anything Winchester from 1956 is a GOOD gun!!

All those pre 64 winnies are just cool. My favorite long guns!!

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chillippr
08-13-2008, 02:28 PM
Stepfather got me a Remington 512 with Weaver B4 scope. Started trading a few years later - traded it off and never looked back. Could never afford to accumulate a lot of guns at one time, but I've had some great ones along the way. Same goes for cars!
I do treasure my family and my memories, especially the memory of my stepfather.

Fred J
08-13-2008, 03:42 PM
We didn't have the money to buy guns when we were kids, so we made our own Zip Guns. I then acquire an old Galley rifle from a neighbor, but could make it shoot consistantly. It shot shorts, and wasn't very reliable. It was so worn, you couldn't read the name. My first introduction to Winchester, was in the Scouts and they had both 75's and early 52's. This was in the very late 40's and early 50's.

John Kielly
08-13-2008, 03:49 PM
My father bought me the oldest Stevens .22 bolt gun ever made. It had a 15 shot tube slung under the barrel & was so worn that one of his friends had to build up the bolt handle base with weld & file it to take up the slop in the headspace & the goitre out of the fired cases. One extractor was broken & we spent years filing replacements out of iron strap until we made one that finally did the job. The trigger was worse than the cheapest spring air gun & I was foolish enough to fit it with one of those unreliable 3/4 inch Japanese scopes that wound the crosshairs off centre.

I loved it with true loyalty right up until the day I started to earn money & could trade it on a real pea rifle.

Roger T
08-13-2008, 04:20 PM
My fathers 1st rifle,Passed to my older brother in 52, me in 64,My son in 2004 a great little garden/trainer rifle:)

EssentialTremor
08-13-2008, 05:01 PM
My Dad bought me and my brother a pair of Ruger 10/22s. They were stainless steel with nice laminate stocks. We loved them!

In my early 20s, I got into a bit of trouble--not the legal kind, just the social kind. I messed up my life pretty good, and in the process I hocked the rifle my Dad had bought me. It took years before I saw the light and started living on the level. I decided I was going to track that rifle down, and I did, through three buyers. I paid the last gentleman twice what my Dad paid and got it back.

I'm going to take that Ruger out on Saturday when squirrel season opens.

Mr. D
08-14-2008, 02:04 AM
It was a 12 gauge single shot I bought used at a gun store. Not knowing alot, the salesman sold me boxes of heavy load #6's for jack rabbits. The shotgun had no recoil pad and I was green at shooting. Half the recoil was caught by my arm and by the end of the day my shoulder and arm were black/blue/red, purple, etc., etc. Every time I shot it felt as if I had the barrel against my shoulder, but I was having so much fun I didn't care!

Ah youth!

Next was a Ruger 22 automatic pistol and then my tastes went to varmint rifles and Browning shotguns and got much more expensive!

speedpro
08-14-2008, 05:33 AM
Gun's were not part of our household, we were lucky to have a TV and car, and in 1968 we got a used window unit air conditioner we slept on the kitchen floor it was installed in the window of course. Life was rough, I convinced my dad to buy me a Daisy lever action at the age of 12. He took it to work and stored it in his factory, this way if I wanted to shoot it I had to go to work with him on my off day's from school and holiday's. :( ... I'd allready been working there since I was 3yrs. old , :confused: that gun never shot worth a hoot. :mad: at 16 I got a Marlin 22 and saved my lunch money all week so I could buy bullet's on Sat. morning .50 a box at the Bait n Tackle shop , funny how walking into some place that stunk so bad was so rewarding at the same time, hmm.. remind's me of some ol' girlfriends......:rolleyes: It's like once you crack the seal on the door that's been closed up all nite it's peeuuuu, Good Morning.. welcome to Joe's Bait & Tackle what can we do for you boy's this morning ? :eek:

blunt shooter
08-14-2008, 05:34 AM
My first rifle was, ( past tense ) :mad: A single shot bolt action Lithgow 22 r.f . It was a hand me down from my father. After years of chiseling away at my parents and gaining experiance from shooting with trusted family friends,
they relented. I was 12 years of age and now deemed responsible enough,
although, Grandpa did'nt beleive I ever would be. He watched me goood.
This little rifle had the long rifle chamber on one end , and a silencer on the other :) With this combo and Winchester leader I could just pop away at a rabbit warren and get the whole family. In those days the open sights were no hidrance. My sisters got pocket money, I got 2 packets of bullets per week instead. That little Lithgow could eat bullets, and had them all gone in four days or so. It only developed this habit after it was handed to me. I think I shot the last of the pack of bullets that Dad bought with the rifle years earlier.
By the time I was in my mid thirty's the silencer was no longer legal, and one day the copper's visited on another matter, saw the rifle and took it away.:(

tome
08-14-2008, 10:07 AM
First rifle..new in 1951..a Remington 121 Fieldmaster pump..a gift from my Grandmother..first high power..new 1956 winchester 94 30-30. just sold the Remington..still have & hunt w/ the Winchester.

eggman
08-14-2008, 01:28 PM
My first rifle and my introduction to woodchuck hunting was my grandfather's Winchester Mod. 43 in 22 Hornet with a Weaver 4x scope. My grandfather passed on and left the rifle to my Dad who gave it to me. My first rifle that I could call my very own was a Remington Nylon 66 .

Rodney

tylerw02
08-14-2008, 02:11 PM
My first rifle was when I was 12 years old, a Ruger M77 Mark II in .308 Winchester. It was topped with an old (80s?) Tasco 3-9x40. It shot about 1.5" for me back then with Winchester 165 gr Super X, plenty enough to kill a whitetail. Since, I've bedded and floated the old horse, tuned the trigger to 2.0 lbs, and now, with hand loads, its an honest .5 moa gun.

cntryboy1289
08-14-2008, 04:32 PM
My first gun was a single shot break action shotgun from Remington. It was handed down from my mother's father to our family. I started shooting it when I was around 6. I guess I was dumb enough to ignore the bruising it gave me and everyone laughed every time I pulled the trigger.

It's nickname was "Thumper" because most of the adult males in my mother's family wouldn't shoot it because it kicked like a mule because it was so light. I remember one dove hunt when I was around 8, I finally put it down after a box of shells and everyone was asking me why. I had bruised my shoulder pretty well and wouldn't tell them why, I just told them I had all the birds I needed and that was about the last time I shot the thing. It still is in my possession and now and then when someone brags about how much gun they can handle, I bring it out and let them give ol' "Thumper" a go, they usually don't shoot him more than 4 or 5 times.

Thanks for the memories Dennis!

Yote
08-14-2008, 04:45 PM
First gun was a Ted Williams 20ga. single shot. My grandaddy bought it for me to actually hunt deer. Never did get a deer with that gun cause I soon moved up to a Browning A-5.

This sure brings back memories of that gun. It was a squirrel killing machine. My grandaddy and I always scored big and had plenty of fried squirrel to go along with the turkey at Thanksgiving.

Thanks Pop...........

tillroot1
08-14-2008, 05:59 PM
This is embarrasing to tell, but my first gun was a Stevens single barrel 12 gauge. I worked all summer for it for a crotchity old man that taught me the value of a dollar. 40.00$ is what it cost me and alot of hard work for a pre teen. It had been so used that the brass would split when fired and stick in the chamber. The old man told me to just put a layer of tape around the brass and shoot it! he said it would be just fine. My dad seen the tape and took my gun away. But the cool thing was that I got my first model 870 wingmaster and it was from my dad. Ron Tilley

Mountain Mike
08-14-2008, 10:21 PM
First weapon I ever shot was a pump action Daisey BB gun I got for Christmas when I was 8 or 9. Rear sight fell off soon after I got it, so I shot it for years like a shotgun (did amazing things for my shotgun skills in later years). I was deadly on birds when I could sneak up close enough. I even burned notches in the plastic stock with a magnifying glass.

First rifle I ever shot was my mom's 22 (which I still have) when I was 10.

First rifle that was mine was a single shot Stevens 22 I got for my 11th birthday. Had to buy my our cartridges (50 cents a box) from allowance or yard work pay. I got to keep the rifle in my room, but my dad kept the bolt.

First rifle I hunted with was an open sight (buckhorn) lever action Winchester 30-30 that had belonged to my dad's dad (my brother has it). After I got old enough to work at a paying job, I started buying my own rifles; first was a Winchester 88 lever action 243 with scope, then another rifle, then another rifle, and so on.

My dad never had a handgun, so the first one of those I ever shot was a Ruger Mark II target pistol I bought.

Mr. D
08-15-2008, 12:15 AM
I got to keep the rifle in my room, but my dad kept the bolt.



Now that's a good dad!

30378
08-15-2008, 09:06 AM
My first was a single shot 22 rifle from Western Auto in the early 60's marked Revelation. I think it was really produced by Mossberg. Shot Shorts, Longs, and Long Rifle ammo. Now I wish I had it back.:D

RayfromTX
08-15-2008, 11:20 PM
At six I started hunting deer with an M1 .30 carbine that belonged to my mom. At age 11 my dad told me I was too old to be hunting with my mama's gun. He said if I didn't have my own by the following year, I wouldn't get to hunt.

Well, I got busy and quick. I started mowing lawns and cleaning out peoples garages and painting and collecting pop bottles for the deposits. I skipped lunches to save the lunch money and the following July I had enough to buy my Savage 99E in .243. I put a scope on it from Gibson discount center and a recoil pad and a sling and was ready to get a deer with it the following November.

My Dad wasn't the easiest to live under and his drinking was a real shame but he taught me to work for what I wanted at a young age and that has served me well in my life. I miss him. I still shoot the Savage.

thompp1
08-17-2008, 12:53 AM
Springfield Model 53-B, mfg by J. Stevens Arms Company. I think that my Dad got it when he was in his early teens. It was never officially given to be, but I used it with his knowledge from the time I was 10. It went to school with me so I could hunt on the way home, and I carried it through the woods and fields around Decatur, AL until I went into the AF. On a visit home a few years later I asked my Mom if she knew where it was. She said that she thought that it was out in shed. I looked, and there it was, covered in rust. I took it home with me and cleaned it up. The bore was still good, but I had to replace the steel butt plate. I still have it, and with all the guns I own (more than a few) it the one seem to enjoy shooting the most.

mssheridan22
08-17-2008, 01:36 AM
My first gun was a Winchester Model 67, 22 LR Single Shot with a bolt action. Since I was a young girl at the time, my Dad shortened the stock.

It was and is an extremely accurate gun. It made it fun to learn to shoot.

My second gun was a very interesting rifle. I still have it and cherish it as part of my family's heritage. It was the FIRST Nylon 66 ever made. It was the Prototype for the first 22 gauge rifle with a lightweight plastic stock. My Dad's company worked on this project in the 1950s with Remington .

This rifle was WHITE nylon. In production, the Nylon 66 was wood colored and was not available in white. We tested this prototype model by leaving it out in the snow, dangling it off a cliff, driving over it with a Jeep and generally slogging it around all over upstate NY and the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It was a fabulous rifle and was destined to become a huge success.

My Dad's company, AL Hyde Company, worked with DuPont Remington on the design & development. It was my Dad's all-time favorite project. He helped Remington bring it the stage of mass production. Unfortunately there was a plant shutdown involving unionization, forcing the project to go to another manufacturer for mass production. We still have the Prototype White Nylon 66 today.

In the time that's passed, the only thing ever replaced was the front sight. The Nylon 66 remains one of the most accurate 22 rifles out there. As a kid, I used to hike for miles in upstate NY and always carried around the white Nylon 66. Why? Because it was so lightweight and I rarely missed the target.

It's a very nostalgic gun for me. We were told by the folks in the Fine Gun Room at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO that the Nylon 66s are becoming very collectible these days.

Thanks for the interesting Thread.

Sher

dlay
08-21-2008, 06:03 PM
My dad bought me a new winchester 75 sporter for xmas when I was 11 yrs old. I wanted a marlin mountie but he couldnt find one at the time. I still have the win 75 and have since acquired a very nice marlin golden m made in 1972. Next he got me a high standard mod 102 supermatic that I still have.

John Kielly
08-21-2008, 06:41 PM
My dad bought me a new winchester 75 sporter for xmas when I was 11 yrs old. I wanted a marlin mountie but he couldnt find one at the time.
Damn! You've wakened the old ghosts. Didn't we all want a Marlin Mountie takedown?

dlay
08-21-2008, 06:51 PM
Never forgot about one, didnt buy this on until about 10 years ago, a friend traded for it and hid it from me because he knew I wanted one. The guy he traded with bought it new, had been shot very little, I finally talked him out of it. My opinion the mountie is one of the classics.

Sitting Duck
08-21-2008, 07:04 PM
Speedpro.... "Funny how walking into some place that stunk so bad was so rewarding at the same time, hmm.. remind's me of some ol' girlfriends."

I can't contribute anything after that! :D

Bill Wynne
08-21-2008, 10:35 PM
It wasn't my first gun by any means but when I was 16 years old I had been working in the summers as an carpenter's helper for my dad on houses for five years. I had made friends with several men who had custom rifles made by George Curry, a local gunsmith.

My parents let me spend my own money for a rifle custom made for me by George. It was what he called a 250 Curry Magnum. That is actually a 25/06 Ackley improved with the shoulder moved out about .10 inches. It had a Douglas barrel, an FN Supreme Mauser action, a Saco trigger, and a Birds-eye Maple stock with a Rose wood forend and pistol grip cap. It was the state of the art in 1956.

George had the floor plate engraved for me. It said to Bill Wynne by George Curry. I remember George telling me that when you carry a rifle like this one, you need to be able to shoot it well. After a few years I had shot the accuracy out of the barrel and George sent it off to P. O Ackley and he bored it out to 7 MM. That rifle has brought home many deer for me.

That rifle cost me $203.00 including the strap and swivels plus a used scope or about 1/2 of my summer's wages. About 4 years ago I had it reblued and I refinished the stock. Today it looks as good as new and I will always cherish that rifle and the man who made it for me and most of all, My wise father who let me buy it.

Concho Bill

dlay
08-21-2008, 10:49 PM
Wonderful:)

donjfred
08-31-2008, 11:33 AM
My Dad was on the Marine Corps rifle team in the 1920's. He was a distinguished rifleman and shot a Springfield '03 with iron sights at 1000yds.
Needless to say the first rifle I shot at the age of 12 was the '03, after many hours of dry firing, safety and position instruction on the living room floor.

My first,very own, rifle was a .22LR Target Mossberg. The low recoil rifle was such a pleasure after the '03 that I couldn't wait to get to the Range on the weekend. A love affair that has lasted (so far) 65 years

DavidM
09-01-2008, 07:28 PM
In 1974, I bought my first firearm - a Remington Mohawk 10-C (the clip version of the Nylon 66 which had a tube magazine). The 10-C accounted for my first partridge and still shoots well. A real fun gun!

Country6220
09-01-2008, 08:34 PM
Revolution 410 bolt action and still have it today. My dad traded an old wood stove for it. Shortly after that my uncle gave me a winchester model 250 22 lever action. About a year after I got my first bb gun.

silentwarrior
09-02-2008, 05:56 PM
My first gun was a .410 gauge. I dont remember what brand but it was single shot. I shot my first ten point buck with that gun near Whitewater Park,MN