Who had the greatest influence on you regarding firearms, and what was it?

Who had the greatest influence on you regarding firearms, and what was it?

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    Who had the greatest influence on you regarding firearms, and what was it?

    Two part answer to this:

    First part, answer with a person who you actually knew and had face to face contact, and what did they do for you? Marksmanship? Gun safety? Gun repair? Reloading? Etc?

    Second part, answer with a person who you didn't personally know and never met, and what did they do for you? Marksmanship? Gun safety? Gun repair? Reloading? Etc?


    For me:

    1. My father. Beginning at my young age, he was diligent and mindful of safe gun handling skills. We never had an accident or even close to an accident. We might go hunting with another father and son, on our drive home my father would quiz me on how safe I thought the other hunters were. He gave me good habits and a watchful eye.

    2. John Browning. He made some great stuff that I still use and admire today
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    1) My Dad, and to a lesser extent, my Uncle. Always had time to take me hunting and shooting as a boy.

    2) I suppose I have become a big fan of Massad Ayoob over the last few years. Solid instruction on self defense for the "every day" person. Has done a lot in terms of legal defense for private citizens who use their firearms as well.
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    1. Drill Sergeant Jackson... and my brother to a much lesser extent.
    2. James Yeager for teaching me that 1911's are junk and that the .40 is useless...
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    I would say my Dad and my Grandfather, my whole family is a gun family everybody was a hunter. I can remember going hunting with my Aunt and Grandmother. My Aunt was a avid hunter and she bagged many deer in her time. I live in Nevada but was born in Texas and my first gun was an H&R single shot .410 which was a present on my 10th birthday.

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    Uncle, taught me gun safety. Introduced me to a pistol and to a shotgun.

    Mom allowed me to go plinking at an age when most kids wouldn't be trusted
    to do it; and would almost impossible to get by with nowadays.

    Boy Scouts, for getting me to a Hunter's Safety Class.

    HS Rifle Club coach, who kicked me off the team because I couldn't hit anything.
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    Grandfather..taught me safety, and fundamentals, which he drilled into me. He let me experiment with different calibers, and was quick to feed my growing interests with his finaces.

    He bought me my first 22, an Ithica M40 single shot lever when I was 6, and by my 10th birthday, I had several guns including a M19 357 magnum.

    Elmer Keith fueled my interest in handgun hunting. I spent hours hanging on to every word he wrote, and by the time I was 15, was killing everything from groundhogs, to foxes and feral dogs and deer with my 357 magnum loaded under my grandfathers supervision with hardcast bullets using Elmers recipe.
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    my next door neighbor...who was a gold medalist greco roman wrestler. his name was mark schultz. His brother Dave was also an olympic wrestler and he was murdered by the heir to one of the heirs to the dupont fortune. Mark collected machine guns and thats when i saw my first gun.

    then my dad.
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    First part: My dad. Being in law enforcement, he preached gun safety when my sister and I were very young. He made sure that we were scared of firearms at a young age so that we would never touch them. However, growing up we realized how important they are to everyday safety.

    Second part: I'd say many folks on this forum. Since joining, I've learned a lot and have discovered much information that has been beneficial to me carrying daily and shooting on a regular basis.

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