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First Gun?

Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, May 3, 2020.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Who remembers the first gun they bought? Mine was a Savage/ Springfield 20 gauge single shot shotgun, bought at the old Venture store for $39. About a month later I decided I needed a 12 gauge for ducks, so I bought a Winchester Model 37 single shot for $49 at Venture.
    Next gun was a Remington Nylon 66, then a Winchester Model 94, both from, you guessed it, Venture.
    Then I got into handguns. My best friend Dave and I went to Montgomery Wards, he bought a Ruger Single Six and I bought a Ruger Standard .22, for $89. (A few years later I bought the Single Six from him, still have it).
    After that I discovered gun shops, bought a Colt Combat Commander .45, then a S&W Model 28 .357.
    All these were bought in a one year period, things were a lot cheaper back in the 1970’s!
  2. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    First gun I bought (with my own money) my dad had to make the purchase. I got a Glenfield 22LR when I was 12. Then I again needed dad to make the purchase but I used my own money and bought a Mossberg 20 gauge pump for pheasant and quail hunting when I was 13.

    I think the first gun I bought when I was old enough to make the purchase myself was a Remington 700 in .270 for a mule deer hunt in Wyoming. First handgun was a Ruger Mark II ... soon followed by a Ruger Single Six (my first trip to a gunshow). I still have all but the Glenfield 22LR.
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  3. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    My first bought gun was a ruger 10/22 with a scope. I think I was 12 or 13. I bought it at the local gun store with money I made mowing lawns, throwing hay, and babysitting my little brothers during the summer. I think it was around $200 used with the scope and sling setup.

    I had a 12-gauge single shot that I used for most of my hunting as I wasn't a good sitter so I was always sent into the woodpiles and kicking pine trees to get rabbits out. My stepdad always joked that we didn't need a rabbit dog because I had more energy for it anyway. The dog probably listened better most of the time.

    The 22 was a nice upgrade for squirrel hunting so we could shoot them out of the tops of the trees. I eventually sold that to my youngest brother but I still have the single-shot 12-gauge my step-dad gave me the Christmas after passing hunter safety.
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  4. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    Marlin .22

    I was 11, and picked it out of the group of guns I was shown and allowed to buy. I don’t remember why I chose it but I remember my grandfather being surprised that I hadn’t chosen one of the more expensive options put out there for me.
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  5. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    10/22 - gave dad the $$$, because it was a week before my 16th birthday.

    First one I bought myself was an Argentine Mauser carbine in 7x57 that I found at a garage sale.
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  6. jds1


    Jun 9, 2007
    My first was the Single Six. Got the 94/22 much later.


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  7. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    My first hand gun was a Ruger Single Six (flat gate) in 1955. I don't really remember what I paid ,but is was about $50 or so new in box.

    The next two were a Winchester mod. 37 20 Ga. single shot purchased with S&H Green stamps, and a Remington Nylon 66 Semi Auto .22

    which I happen to recall coast me $66. These were in about 1957/58. The shot gun came trough S&H Catalog and the other two were from

    department stores with sporting goods departments.
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  8. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Sounds like most of you were interested in guns at an earlier age, I was 22 when I got interested. Before that all I cared about was building fast cars. My 69 SS 396 Chevelle was one of the quickest street racers in my county in the early 70’s
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  9. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Sounds like we had similar taste in guns.
  10. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    My first gun was a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 bought new in 1967.
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  11. Dknight16

    Dknight16 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    Mossberg Plinkster .22LR semi-auto rifle from Montgomery Ward.
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  12. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    First guns I bought with my money were a Ruger MKII and a Norinco SKS the same day for $100 each I was 19.

    First guns gifted to me that I picked out as a kid were a Remington Viper .22lr when I was 10 and a Remington 870 12ga when I was 13.
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  13. greatscoot

    greatscoot Some other kind of crazy. Platinum Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    It was either a Savage 99 in .308 or a Ruger MK II.
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  14. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Marlin 989-m2, at around age 10.

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  15. TLA

    TLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    My first was a Colt New Frontier Buntline 22LR. I was looking at it, a Ruger Single Six and A Browning Buck Mark. I was having trouble deciding between the Ruger and the Colt so I asked my father which one I should buy. He looked at me and said "son when you buy that Ruger I'm going to buy the Colt". I knew right there the Colt was what I wanted. I still have it and it cost me $150.00.
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    Sep 19, 2012
    My father bought me several guns before I was 18 but the first one I bought with my own money at age 18 was a Ithaca SKB
    500 o/u 20 ga with 3" chambers choked imp/mod. That gun was poison to decoying ducks back when we could use lead shot, and many pheasants and rabbits bit the dust to that shotgun. I remember driving home with my new gun in the trunk of my 1967 Ford Galaxy and realizing that was maybe a bit different than my friends because I had a $400 gun in the trunk of my $250 car.
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  17. fishiker


    Nov 5, 2006
    The first gun I bought with my own money was a Stevens single barrel 12ga for the unbelievable sum of $35. I know that isn't a lot of money but it was a lot of miles on a paper route along with raking leaves, painting, and shoveling snow. My first handgun was a Ruger Mark 1 with bull barrel. Can't remember what I paid for it but remember selling it for $150.
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  18. Rob Babcock

    Rob Babcock

    Jul 16, 2007
    The first two guns I ever had were a little single shot bolt .22 rifle (can't recall the make but it was similar to a Cricket) and a Stevens single barrel 20 ga. IIRC I got the .22 first but both were about the same time and it was about the age most kids got a Tonka truck or their first bike. But the first gun I bought with my own money was a Browning Hi-Power, on my birthday the day I turned 21. It was my grain gun back then and I still have it today.
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  19. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    My first gun I purchased was a 1911 and then I ordered a lower online and built out my first AR year a month later.
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  20. outdoorsfan


    Sep 30, 2009
    First firearm purchase was a Marlin .22 rifle and scope combo. I think I bought it at Service Merchandise. I was 18. The second was an S&W 686 .357 purchased at a gun show. Sold the Marlin after I got a 10/22. Still have and love the 686.
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