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I had BB and pellet guns when I was very young; but, my first "real" gun (which I still have) was a Stevens .22/.410 O/U that was given to me by my grandmother when I was 12 years old (which was 43 years ago). The gun/rifle was manufactured in 1938 and after talking to my uncle recently (my grandmother's son) who is now 84, I was informed that he remembers my grandmother buying it from Sears & Roebuck. Evidently, all the men of that generation would have "get-togethers" and shoot and my grandmother wanted to shoot as well but didn't like the larger gauge/caliber guns so she purchased this firearm. My uncle also told me that he was so disappointed that she purchased this single shot breach load gun because he saw all the repeating "Winchesters" in the movies when he was growing up and thought the gun was "lame." He didn't even realize I had the gun until we happened to speak about it a few years ago and was so pleased to learn I had it.

So what was your first "real" gun? What's the history behind it? Do you still own it?

If you can, add pictures! Would love to see all of your first guns.
 

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Ruger 10/22. Still have it.
Closely followed( next day) by a Dan Wesson .357 6" still have that too
 

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Ruger 10/22. Still have it.
Closely followed( next day) by a Dan Wesson .357 6" still have that too
When did you get it? How old were you? Any history?
 

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A Colt 1911 and an FN Browning Hi-Power in 1976 at the tender age of 16.
 
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12 gauge double barrel Savage Fox when I was 9 years old.
The gun was probably 10% of my body weight.
Given to me by my Grandpa and spent HOURS with him setting in duck blinds learning how to use it.
That was 50 years ago and I still have and use the hell out of that old double.
My son will be getting it eventually--it was also the first shotgun he ever fired.
 

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The first real gun I purchased myself was a Mossberg 500 12 gauge. Purchased in 1984 at age 20. All other guns before that were gifts or trades.
 

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1950 Colt Police Positive Special .38 revolver. My uncle bought it new in 1950. He owned a pawn shop in Houston for 40+ years. It was his OC. I don't believe he ever shot it. His son, my cousin, got the pawn shop from his dad and kept it for about 12 years. He carried it OC the whole time and I don't believe he ever shot it. I got it from him in about '03 or '04 and have had it since. Until this weekend, I had put two rounds through it just to make sure it worked.

Went to the range this weekend with my 15 yo grandson to break in my new SCCY 9mm. I took the Colt with me just to put a few more rounds through it. My grandson didn't like the SCCY but he loved the Colt. He put 50 rounds through it.

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1950 Colt Police Positive Special .38 revolver. My uncle bought it new in 1950. He owned a pawn shop in Houston for 40+ years. It was his OC. I don't believe he ever shot it. His son, my cousin, got the pawn shop from his dad and kept it for about 12 years. He carried it OC the whole time and I don't believe he ever shot it. I got it from him in about '03 or '04 and have had it since. Until this weekend, I had put two rounds through it just to make sure it worked.

Went to the range this weekend with my 15 yo grandson to break in my new SCCY 9mm. I took the Colt with me just to put a few more rounds through it. My grandson didn't like the SCCY but he loved the Colt. He put 50 rounds through it.

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Another beautiful family heirloom! Enjoy :)
 

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Mossberg 22 semiauto

A gift from Dad on my 6th birthday (1948). Don't remember the model - my son has it now. It had a peep sight and the fore end folded down. The only history is that it's (groan) an antique now...
 

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Jimbo, welcome to the forum from Memphis. I remember going to San Marcos as a kid and riding the glass bottomed boats.
 

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Remington Wingmaster 870 pump, 1979 for $75.
Still have it.
 

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I loved to shoot but my mother was frightened by guns, so getting a gun as a gift from Dad was out of the question.

At the ripe old age of 32 (30 years ago) I decided to merge my interest in shooting and fine dining and got into bird hunting. Thus my very first gun was one I bought for myself, a 20-gauge S&W 1000 autoloader with a 26-inch barrel with a skeet choke. I can't tell you how many thousands of clay birds were knocked down by that gun, but I had 20 good years of upland hunting in New England with that gun and scores of good dinners as a result. I still have it and it works great, but out here in the AZ desert a 12 is a better tool for dove and quail due to the open terrain.
 

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It was an Ithica Model 37 Featherlight, 20 guage.

My family didn't hunt or shoot, so I bought it myself (with my father's help) so that I could pheasant hunt with my buddies. I loved that gun! I sold it to my BIL who still has it to this day.

A good memory.
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Mossberg 500c 20ga - Birthday present, roughly 7th grade.
Still have it and it is a GREAT home defense weapon. Still in great condition.
 

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Ithaca singly shot .22 I was around 10 years old around early 1970s.


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My first gun was a bolt action Mossberg .410 model 183d. Year was 1967 the Occasion my 12th birthday. My Dad bought the gun for my Mom some where in the Ozarks on there honeymoon in 1950. When they divorced in 1959 she dident take the .410. The gun was stole from Dads farmhouse along with other items in 1969.

Broke my heart.
 

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First shotgun was a High-Standard Riot bought in 1974, and identical to the one I have now.




First handgun was a Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman in 1976, identical to the one I have now.


 

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Marlin model 60 w/squirrel stock in about 1979. Don't have it any more - about a year later I sold it for a Remington 581 bolt action, which I still have.
 
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