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#6171005 - 02/05/16 03:17 PM Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it?
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I'm feeling a little nostalgic today. When I was a kid I had a Marlin Golden Boy 39A that my Uncle gave me. Sometime as a young adult I sold or traded it and have regretted it ever since. Today, I am acquiring a 1972 Golden 39A and looking forward to having it as an example of that beloved firearm.

It however, wasn't my first. I've owned hundreds if not thousands of firearms in the last 40 years. But my first was/is special. When my father was 13 he bought his first gun, a single shot Savage 3D .22 bolt action rifle. He got to where he could strike a match with it. On my 13th birthday, he gave me that rifle. It was used a lot by me until I got that Marlin from my Uncle. Then I set it aside because, well...repeaters are just more fun than single shots smile The reason I've owned hundreds, maybe even thousands of guns is that I don't hold on to them but with few exceptions. The Savage is one of those exceptions. I held on to it and presented it to my first son as his first firearm upon the occasion of his 13th birthday. Three generations, 3 13-year old boys - we all learned how to shoot with it. Dad will be 81 this year. He most likely won't live to see it passed on to the 4th generation. But it will - come hell, or high water, Hillary or Bernie - nothing will stop that from happening.

I know, threads are no good without pics. I'll update my post later with pics of the Savage..at work right now feeling old.





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#6171017 - 02/05/16 03:31 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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I had a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun first. Does that count?
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#6171020 - 02/05/16 03:32 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Other than a BB gun it was s single shot 20 gauge shotgun.

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#6171033 - 02/05/16 03:41 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Marlin/Glenfield Model 10 Single Shot .22 Rifle. Still in my safe 45 years later. My dad said a single shot would make me a better shot. He was right.
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#6171056 - 02/05/16 03:54 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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First real gun was a Spesco single shot .410. I still have it.
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#6171077 - 02/05/16 04:05 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Sent out to find doves with a single shot .410. Exercise in futility. Shot my first buck at 11 with Dad's .30-30 (Marlin 336), that I still have.

First rifle that was mine, given to me at Christmas, was a Win. Mod. 88 (lever) in .243. I liked the design. 'Wouldn't group worth a dern though. Sold it to my brother. He rebarrelled to a 7mm-08 and I think has since sold it.
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#6171081 - 02/05/16 04:07 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Savage Anschutz Model 141, .22lr. $87.50

Christmas 1962
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#6171096 - 02/05/16 04:17 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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#6171109 - 02/05/16 04:26 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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The summer I turned 13 I worked all summer gutting fish at a trout farm to save up for my first shotgun. I finally saved enough for a Browning BPS. The next season I shot it and the weld on the barrel broke and the barrel just fell off. I have never bought another Browning product since.

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#6171112 - 02/05/16 04:28 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Volunteer Arms Co single shot 410, and yes I still have it. It was actually my Mom's when she was a little kid (ca. 1930) and she got it from her uncle who was my great uncle. I haven't shot it in years, but its not for sale at any price.
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#6171132 - 02/05/16 04:41 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Savage Anschutz Model 141, .22lr. $87.50

Christmas 1962


First Air guns

Daisy Lever gun, cried when I killed my fisrt sparrow with it.

Later a Sheridan Blue Streak, 5mm. Shot my best friend through the foot with it, rat hunting violin
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#6171138 - 02/05/16 04:45 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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I can't remember which I received first. The Savage model 99F in 250 Savage, or the marlin 780 .22lr,l,s. But both originally belonged to my great grandfather, and those are the only 2 guns I will never get rid of.
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#6171144 - 02/05/16 04:51 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I can't remember which I received first. The Savage model 99F in 250 Savage, or the marlin 780 .22lr,l,s. But both originally belonged to my great grandfather, and those are the only 2 guns I will never get rid of.


Anyone that has a 99F in 250-3000 should never, ever get rid of it. Good on you.
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#6171162 - 02/05/16 05:08 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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3 years old, Great Grandfathers Ivory Johnson Champion 20ga. Wasn't allowed to shoot it until I was 9. Wore out a daisy bb gun and Crossman 760 before I got to shoot that shotgun. The shotgun was kept on a gunrack above my bed and I knew what would happen to my butt if I didn't leave it in the gunrack. Still have it trigger sear is worn to the point of being almost non existent and the firing pin my Dad made for it from a drill bit still works. That one is not for sale at any price. 80 years ago my Great Granddad paid $6.50 for it and a box of shells.
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#6171164 - 02/05/16 05:10 PM Re: Feeling Nostalgic, your first gun - what was it? [Re: Earl]
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Glenfield 60 22 auto. Could not wait to shoot it so lined up a bunch of phone books in my bedroom when no one was home. Left 2 bullets in the wood floor. confused2

I still have that gun and will never let it go.
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