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#5140116 - 06/02/14 07:51 PM First gun you ever shot?
Fez Offline

Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 67
Loc: Lake Jackson area
I remember going to the beach around this little spot littered with casings, mostly shotgun shells, and a power pole with a sorry old transformer hanging from the top of it, riddled with bullet holes. That was the shootin' spot around our area, and still is for some people.

Anyways, my dad had a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver, stainless, I wanna say it was a model 68, with a 4" barrel and Hogue rubber grips. Can't remember how old I was, probably 5 years old. Of course, my dad was behind me, his hands wrapped around mine, and his shootin' finger over my finger, but it was MY finger actually touching the trigger smile I think I only pulled the trigger once that day, but it's one heck of a memory!

My dad also had a Beretta 92FS and a Ruger P-94 in 9mm, plus he had a couple of Marlin 60's at my great aunt's that I could have shot, but I had went to Service Merchandise with him to pick up that S&W, so maybe it was the first time we all shot that gun? (My older brother was also there, so he shot it too.)

I was just thinking about it because I'm now teaching my friend's 8 y.o. daughter to shoot, with "proper" learning ammo, no less, but I wouldn't trade the memory of one trigger pull on a .357 for a whole brick of .22s!
I don't play video games. When I feel like shooting something, I go shoot it.

#5140225 - 06/02/14 09:20 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
Other than a Daisy BB gun smile
A 20 gauge when I was about 8 years old. It left a bruise because I had it against my arm and not my shoulder, I was super proud of that bruise, I showed it to everyone at school.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#5140305 - 06/02/14 10:24 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Dad bought me an H&R 20 gauge single shot youth model when I was 9 or 10 from Gibson's in Mesquite, think it was around 30.00. It kicked like a mule but I just thought that was normal. Guess that's why recoil has never bothered me much.
" In God We Trust "

#5140369 - 06/02/14 11:41 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
redfred Offline

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 1336
Loc: La Porte
My first "real" gun was a Stevens Crackshot 26 .22 single shot rifle. It belonged to my grandfather, and he gave it to my dad. Dad gave it to me when I was 8. My brother and I used to collect Coke bottles along the side of the road and cash them in and take the money to Western Auto and buy the little boxes of .22 cartridges to raise hell with the local squirrels and rabbits. We put a lot of meat on the table with that gun and my brother's Mossberg .22 automatic.
One day I shot a mockingbird off a telephone wire. I was real proud of myself for making that shot until my dad found out. He took away my gun (and my brother's because he was 2 years older, and should have known better)for a few weeks. That was the last illegal bird I ever shot, and I never shoot anywhere near high wires.
By the way, 52 years later, I still have the Crackshot. I used it to get rid of a skunk a couple years ago, but it spends its' life in its' case, waiting for the next generation to come along.
Alcohol,Tobacco, and Firearms. Should not be a government bureau. Should be a department store.

#5140396 - 06/03/14 12:59 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
N.La.Beagler Offline

Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 669
Loc: CopperasCove,TX
Remington Black Diamond Nylon 66. I hope my dad still has it. I could drive tacks with open sights with that gun.

#5140399 - 06/03/14 01:17 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33494
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
First gun to ever shoot was a .22. Still sitting in pop's closet. I was 4 and as you can see in the picture...I shot with it resting on my shoulder because I couldn't reach the trigger otherwise.

My daughter started with my Ruger Mark IV .22 (it's not loaded in the picture, we were practicing form).

#5140417 - 06/03/14 05:37 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
macec3(TX) Offline

Registered: 09/01/12
Posts: 625
Loc: Laneville, TX.
When I was very young, so young that I don't even remember this happening.
My grandpa was killing and butchering hogs. He laid the Springfield 22 down.
Well I picked it up and nearly shot him with it.
That was in the mid 1950's.
First shooting experience for me.

#5140471 - 06/03/14 07:10 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 391
Loc: Wichita Falls
Mine was my Dad's Savage-Stevens Single Shot Blot Action .22 with shorts (shoots shorts, long and long rifle). I have it now. That was over 50 years ago. He got it when he was 9. It will go to one of my grandsons. Another will get my grandfathers 16 ga. shotgun and the third will get my father in laws Browning .22 pistol. Don't no what I will do if I get more grandsons! Guess I better talk Dad out of a couple more rifles...

#5140761 - 06/03/14 10:50 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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ugh ... hard to recall that far back for specific first gun. I started off with a Daisy BB gun when I was barely able to walk plinking in the backyard. I got pretty good with it killing birds out of the large fig trees (Dad offered me one penny for every bird I could kill so there would be a good harvest of the figs). By about 3, I was shooting my dad's or my uncle's old school 22 pump and various pellet guns. By 4, I was getting pretty deadly and dad made up a target out of some old magazine (Field & Stream maybe?) using a photo of a deer with a dime sized target spot marked on the shoulder. Dad told me when I could hit the dot on the shoulder 3 times in a row from 25 yards, I could go deer hunting with him with an old lever action Winchester 218 Bee (my brother still has it). I killed my first deer (yearling) opening weekend when I was just shy of 5 years old (Dec. birthday)... that was in mid November 1963, a few days before JFK was assassinated … The next fall I started dove hunting with my dad using an old bolt action 410 (still have it stashed away in vault). I stuck with the 218 Bee & 410 up until about 10 years old.
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#5141547 - 06/03/14 05:59 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4212
Loc: Central Texas
When I was 6 my dad wanted to get me a BB gun for Christmas. My maternal grandmother absolutely forbade it. "He'll shoot his eye out!" Well, Christmas morning comes and I didn't get a BB gun, as he'd promised her, I got a Winchester 94 30-30 instead. Christmas morning we went out in the field behind the house and I plugged a quarter at 1,000 yards with it. (OK, thinking back, it was actually a coffee can at about 20 yards)
"I have no idea what WW-III will be fought with, but WW-IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

A. Einstein

#5142381 - 06/04/14 09:33 AM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Benjamin air rifle, ~1976.

#5142758 - 06/04/14 02:04 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Registered: 08/09/07
Posts: 225
Loc: Sherman, TX
It was the first time hunting also. .410 for dove, and still my favorite to hunt.
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#5153385 - 06/11/14 09:25 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
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Other than BB it was a single shot Stevens 12 GA. I now own it since my dad has passed.

#5154223 - 06/12/14 01:00 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Fez]
Ron H Offline
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Registered: 08/10/08
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Loc: Dallas; hunt Palo Pinto
A WWII Walther P-38 that my dad took off of a German soldier. I could barely operate the slide when I first shot it at arounde 5 or 6. I have the weapon with its original holster.

#5154338 - 06/12/14 02:31 PM Re: First gun you ever shot? [Re: Ron H]
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Originally Posted By: Ron H
A WWII Walther P-38 that my dad took off of a German soldier. I could barely operate the slide when I first shot it at arounde 5 or 6. I have the weapon with its original holster.

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