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Do You Still Own Your First Gun?

Do You Still Own Your First Gun?  

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  1. 1. Do You Still Own Your First Gun?

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When I was 11 years old (1965) I had, what would now be considered a full time job...40 hours a week. A Mr. Mitchell Curry owned a Western Auto store in my small town. 

He had an H&R 16 g single shot for around $30.00 or so. I convinced him to let me put it on layaway, brought him a note from my mother, and paid off the gun in about 4 weeks. I only made around $15.00/wk. I had to be frugal.

I had a 50cc little motorcycle, rode down, picked it up, along with a box of shells and headed for a local gravel pit. Times were different I guess as this wasn't an unusual event back then.

I still have it. I've killed rabbits, squirrels, dove, predators (foxes and a couple of coyotes) and my first deer with it. Couldn't part with it for anything.

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kind of, my first and only shotgun, my neighbor was a San Diego Swat officer his patrol rifle was personal, the dept set new rules and he couldn't carry it anymore, so he sold me his SPAS12ga

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Nope, but can't recall which came first, I think the H&R.  I had an H&R .22, a Ruger Mark 1 or older, and an AF .22 survival rifle.  Disposed of them when I joined the military.

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1st gun that I was given was a Winchester 37A single shot 410, I was about 8 years old, and yes I still have it, and my oldest son killed his 1st squirrel with it.  The first gun I ever purchased on my own, was a Beretta 92FS, and yes I still have it too.

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I have the first gun I ever shot, my dad's 22. Don't know what happened to the first one I ever owned. It was an Ithaca 20 gauge single barrel. I hated that thing.

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9 minutes ago, mikegideon said:

I have the first gun I ever shot, my dad's 22. Don't know what happened to the first one I ever owned. It was an Ithaca 20 gauge single barrel. I hated that thing.

Was it one of those lever action single shots that you had to lever it to open and load? I had one of those in 12 gauge and it broke in half when I shot it about to 10th time. The breach was made of pot metal. My dad sent it back and they replaced it with a much heavier gun that had a steel breach. I traded it for a Winchester Model 12 pump the following year at a small gun store in out little town.

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I do not. It is an old rolling block .22 that belonged to my dad who passed when I was 8. I gave it to my brother recently. I felt he needed it more than I.

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42 minutes ago, bersaguy said:

Was it one of those lever action single shots that you had to lever it to open and load? I had one of those in 12 gauge and it broke in half when I shot it about to 10th time. The breach was made of pot metal. My dad sent it back and they replaced it with a much heavier gun that had a steel breach. I traded it for a Winchester Model 12 pump the following year at a small gun store in out little town.

Yep. Kicked like a horse

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1 minute ago, mikegideon said:

Yep. Kicked like a horse

Those pot metal frames made them way to light and weak and that is why they kicked so hard. The new one I got back didn't kick quit as much but was about 2 lbs heavier also.

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My first gun was a 20 ga. Stevens bolt action shotgun. I paid $4 for it. I didn't realize the stock was broken until I pulled the trigger and the barrel/action went over my shoulder. That was around 53 years ago.


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19 minutes ago, TenMileHunter said:

My first gun was a 20 ga. Stevens bolt action shotgun. I paid $4 for it. I didn't realize the stock was broken until I pulled the trigger and the barrel/action went over my shoulder. That was around 53 years ago.


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And you duct taped it back together, right. Lol

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1 hour ago, bersaguy said:

Those pot metal frames made them way to light and weak and that is why they kicked so hard. The new one I got back didn't kick quit as much but was about 2 lbs heavier also.

Mine never broke. I shot it a lot.  Had a 3" chamber too. I had o pad up to shoot those.

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My father gave me a Savage Stevens single shot .22 thirty-five years ago.  Too many great memories tied to it to ever let it go.

Around that same time my grandfather gave me an H&R Topper .410 that I will probably never part with.

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I do not. I foolishly sold my double barrel 20ga about 9 years ago. Not quite sure if that was my first from dad or the Remington 870 that I do still own. Either way I'm still missing the 20 I sold. Didn't think I would ever shoot it again and brain was a little washy then too. I do still own a 22 single shot that dad and his sister learned on. 

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Yes, a Mossberg M-183KE bolt action .410 with the adjustable poly choke. Got it when I was 10 in the late 70's and still have it.

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12 hours ago, TenMileHunter said:


Not sure they had duct tape back then. emoji1.png


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Duct tape was invented in 1923.  It's off label uses probably were not so common at the time of your stock failure. :dirty:

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Yes...a 1956 JC Higgins .22 Single Shot Model 103 I think. My Dad bought it for me for my 7th birthday from Sears & Roebuck.It was and still is an amazingly accurate little rifle.

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yes.  when I was 10 years old, dad got me my .270 Remington model 7400 semi.  Still have it.  replaced the scope 2 years ago after all these years.  Killed many deer with it.
*actually still own every gun that was considered mine*

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23 minutes ago, vontar said:


*actually still own every gun that was considered mine*

I cant actually say that. I have a riding buddy out in CA, retired Marine. He hounded me a good while about selling him my Garand. As I retired from the USN, I gave it to him. So I have almost every gun that I ever owned. :)

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First shotgun yes, Remington 20 gauge 1100 LW magnum. First rifle, Marlin Golden 39A <$100 for it and a brick of Remington HP ammo. Both have been mine for over 40 years. First handgun, yes. Purchased in 08. Qualified for my HCP with it. S7W Baby Chief, circa 1953. 5 screw flat latch. Now, it's just for looking at.

 

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My first gun was a Sears J,C Higgins model 20 12 gauge pump shotgun. Still have it and taught my kids 

how to shoot with it. It still looks good and shoots fine.

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