View Full Version : First gun that you owned?

04-20-2006, 08:31 PM
Howdy all,

I was thinking about my gun habit, and how it all got started. I was pretty much obsessed with the military up until I was actually in it, and so I had a penchant for military equipment and firearms in general from an early age. All of those stories from my grandmother about WWII I guess (she was a war bride from England, and her second husband was a Lt. Col in the army in charge of an Anti-tank regiment on D-Day, who then went on to be the Commandant at VMI for a couple of years).

anyway, I was always interested in firearms. My first real projectile weapon was the airgun that my dad would use to scare dogs and rats out of his garden with. I think he handed it over to me when I was 11 (at which point I discovered several things - 1. Wear safety glasses :cool: when you shoot because , 2. An airgun pumped until you cannot pump it anymore will spit a BB :machinegu out at a tremendous speed that 3. will be visible to you as it riccochets back in a straight line from the tree branch that you were shooting at from 10 yards and will 4. Strike you in the glasses, directly over where your pupil is ;) . Luckily. it was a crossman airgun, and not a red ryder, and luckily, I wear coke-bottle lenses made out of high impact plastic (even when I was 11)

When I was 16, Dad gave me the Browning Safari .270 that he had purchased to hunt mountain goats, and I think he put a total of 3 rounds through it, and promptly put it in a closet. The gun is at least 11 years older than I am ( I think it was made in 1964, so that should give you and idea of how old I am), and I still have the two boxes of Remington ammo that he bought. I have probably put a total of 20 rounds through it.

After the Browning, Dad passed his shotgun on to me, an O/U Beretta S2 that was ordered out of the Brooks Brother's catalog in 1967 or so. I think he probably put ten rounds through it, and then stuck it in a closet. I have put about 50 rounds through it. It is the fastest pointing gun I have ever held, and it fits me like it was made for me (which is funny, because I am bigger than my dad was).

My first pistol I purchased at the age of twenty one, when the 3-day waiting period was in effect. It was a Glock 23, and I had that pistol until just about five months ago, when I traded up for a Glock 31. I shot the crap out of that pistol, and finally traded up after speaking with a Glock armorer about the damage I might be doing to a 1st gen Glock by shooting .357 sig off a .40 frame.

Now of course, I have an ever expanding firearm collection (a closet full of guns which hopefully increase by a PS90 next week), but for a while, the Browning, Beretta and Glock were the firearms that comprised my collection.

So what was your first firearm, and do you still have it?

04-20-2006, 08:38 PM
My first gun was a Mossberg 590 Tactical Model (still own it) that I bought when I was 18 and working at Wal-Mart. They don't advertise it, but you can special order guns through them. Figured I might as well take advantage of my employee discount somehow!

04-20-2006, 08:42 PM
HK USP45, bought in 1996, I think.

revolver shooter
04-20-2006, 08:45 PM
My first firearm was a Stevens single shot .410 that I got for my 8th birthday. The first that I bought was a Smith & Wesson Model 19 wen I was 20 (I had to give the money to my dad so he could buy it.) I still have both of these, an a few more.

04-20-2006, 08:46 PM
Lets see... my very first firearm was a Remington bolt action .22 that my dad won at a police shooting competition in Canada when I was about 4 or 5 years old.

My second was a pellet gun (pistol), can't remember when he gave it to me.

Most recently is my FN FiveseveN IOM which I just purchased 2 days ago and I've already put 50 rounds through it. I needed a metal detector (a White's Electronics Classic III, where I am currently employed actually doing IT work) to fish the brass out of the grass where they landed between 15 and 20 feet away from where I was shooting. I had read that the 5.7 flings the brass, but wow, I didn't expect it to go that far!

I was just talking to my dad the other day and he said that my grandpa would probably be handing down his 10mm to me in a few years.

Oh, and yes I do still have my first firearm :)

04-20-2006, 09:02 PM
i got one of those single shot .22s on my 8th birthday, still own it, it has sentimental value

04-20-2006, 11:10 PM
GLOCK 21C .45 ACP the moment I turned 21. Still have it.

04-21-2006, 12:17 AM
Lee Enfield No1 Mk3 SMLE

04-21-2006, 12:32 AM
Had a stevens single shot .22 at age 6, a marlin semi auto .22 by 7, Colt Combat Commander .45acp pistol at age 9, M1 Carbine age 10, AR15 age 13....lol my addiction has deep roots.

04-21-2006, 12:46 AM
you were bred to be Burt Gummer!

04-21-2006, 12:55 AM
Funny you say that :) I get to see "Burt Gummer"/Michael Gross on the 29th in plano :)


04-21-2006, 01:27 AM
oh wow, burt and murdock!? bring back tissue samples! lol

I wonder if you could get Burt to autograph a firearm (provided convention security doesn't haul you away first lol)? hahaha

04-21-2006, 02:10 AM
first firearm = remington 870 12ga.
first handgun = fn fiveseven usg.

never looked back.

The Deviant
04-21-2006, 08:08 AM
First firearm was a Glenfield 60 that my uncle had lying around that he gave me (I was 10 or so? I don't have any idea)... First purchased firearm was a Glock 19... Then the rest is history. Why couldn't I have a CHEAPER addiction^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hhobby?!!?!

I haven't gotten rid of any of my arms I've ever acquired. I just can't bring myself to it!

Now I'm playing adult Pokemon with the FsNs... Gotta catch 'em all... Sheesh...

04-21-2006, 09:58 AM
I have never sold any firearms i have aquired either, just cant bring myself to do it

04-21-2006, 10:30 AM
The first gun I ever fired was a USMC M-14 Rifle. The second was Colt 1911A .45acp. The first gun I owned was a surplus 1911A. It rattled when you shook it and it was dead on when you fired it. Since then, I owned too many and fired twice as many different types.

04-21-2006, 10:47 AM
My first gun was the Fiveseven, followed by the FNP9 and the HK USP.

04-21-2006, 12:43 PM
I've only sold one, and it will probably be the last I'll sell, since it was a gift, and not a gun that I would have purchased myself. It was a Ruger 9mm DAO, and I HATED the DAO. It had an incredibly heavy trigger and a very long travel - would wear your finger out just shooting 1 mag.

My first gun was a Winchester model 94 30-30 that my dad gave me when I was around 8, made in 1948 - 30 years older than me :) Still looks and shoots great. It hasn't been out of the safe since I got my AR, though, and now the AR will probably sit in the safe awhile since I have my PS90 and Five-SeveN :MM

04-23-2006, 01:52 PM
First gun I ever owned was a European American Arms compact 9mm. Bought it used when I was getting out of the Army. Loved it then and still shoot it today. I have only gotten rid of 1 gun, a Beretta 92. For some reason i just didn't like it at all. I will most likely never get rid of another. My boys might like it when they get older and who am I to deprive them of fun. :MM :MM

04-23-2006, 02:40 PM
A Remington Nylon 66 black diamond ..got it for Christmas when i was 12 ,and i still have it

04-23-2006, 06:12 PM
A single shot Remmie bolt action .22 that my parents gave me in 1960. It's still in the family.

04-23-2006, 06:48 PM
Mine first gun was a MAC-11 9mm transferable with MAC suppressor. $400.00 for both + transfer fees. I had not a clue what i was getting myself into. But full auto fever for 10 years afterwards.

04-23-2006, 08:38 PM
A nice .410 Shotgun breach loaded when I was eight years old. Over four generations of my family have had their start with .410 shotguns. That was followed by a 30/30 Winchester Lever Action. I still use the 30/30 and can hit pretty much anything I aim at with it.

04-24-2006, 05:20 PM
Bull-barreled Ruger Mark II pistol. KMK512. Still got it. Still shoot it.

04-27-2006, 11:19 AM
My first gun is my Five-seveN USG that I bought a couple months ago. My second is the FNP-40 that I received 2 days ago. I'm now looking into a rifle, a semi-auto FN shot, the PS-90, and maybe a compact .45 1911 type pistol. This is an addiction! I don't think I'll ever sell a gun either. Who knows what gun laws will be in 20 years! I want my future offspring to be able to enjoy this! :MM

04-27-2006, 12:57 PM
My first gun was an Ithaca Model 49 lever action single shot .22lr. I got that at age 8 and my Dad helped me trade it in on an Ithaca Model 37 12 gauge when I was 16. The first two guns I bought myself with MY money was a Ruger M77 in .270 and an AR-15 A1. I paid $270 for the Ruger and $400 for the AR-15. Latest gun purchased FN FiveseveN and hopefully soon, a PS-90. I have bought a few and ended up selling a few over the years. I really hate having sold that first AR-15 and the Ithaca Model 37 though.

04-27-2006, 01:00 PM
i hope i never have to part with any firearm i buy.

04-27-2006, 02:45 PM
Colt 1911A1 it was box stock, Not only do I still have it it's the full house custom job in the center of this PIC


04-27-2006, 05:49 PM
very nice panzer

04-27-2006, 11:18 PM
I have my moments, 2 years and 7 grand later.
Although I got to pick all the bits
Stormlake barrel
2 piece Briley bushing
wolff springs
Wilson high ride beaver, extended tact safety (long but narrowed) ext slide release
Titanium firing pin hammer strut spring cup
Chip Mc sear,disconnect,hammer
Kings trigger
Brown Max Wedge main spring housing and mag well ONE piece
Bomar site

Front frame and trigger guard stippled
frame and slide rails welded and recut
tri- hard chrome on frame
AND EPA illegal old style high polished plum bluing on the slide
Notice how the slide stop and safety levers line up perfect
I will post some better pics I'm sure I forgot something

04-28-2006, 12:06 AM
Forgot wilson shock buff and polished crown


Brand new camera and book is lost in move. I could not get the auto focus off but you can see the purple blueing in this shot broke lots of EPA laws for this finish, Screw them


I tried to get a pic of the blueing. You can see by the very lowerd and flared ejection port the light shinning off the blueing. The hand polishing and the hand polishing of the hard chrome to get the differrent finishes and the bead blasting undercuts really jacked the cost up. Its hard to tell but all the switches were chromed and hand polished until they looked better then a brand new Snap-on wrench. the back of the slide you can see the reflection of my melon


04-28-2006, 03:19 AM
nice, panz.

04-28-2006, 08:34 AM
First gun ever- Crap-ola Davis .380 auto. Broke it, tossed it.
First rifle- MAK90- sold to my brother in law back in 1999.
first pistol bought in a store- Glock 19- still have it, beat to all heck, but it still runs liek a charm. First gun I wore out a recoil spring on.


04-28-2006, 10:39 AM
nice pics panzer

04-29-2006, 12:31 AM
I love my FN, but colt 1911's are like old Harley's. You have to spend way more money and time on them then what you paid but in the end well PICS are worth a thousand words.
Kimbers are better like a Highway star is better then a Harley, but nothing gets the juices flowing better then the original

Just my 2 cents

04-29-2006, 07:44 AM
i agree with panzer the Fn's are great, but other guns demand attention also, lol

05-05-2006, 03:24 AM
My first gun is a SIG 226 in 9mm. Bought it in 99, looked like a police trade-in. 400 bucks and one 15-rounder. Sent it to SIGarms a couple of years later for K-koting and an overall inspection, and got it back on 9/11. God wanted me to have my SIG ready :)

The best is, I had 4 15-rounders before I even had a 226...! I still have this gun, and rides with me in a Milt Sparks VM-II at work. I think I wanted this gun since this writer talked about it in some issue of G&A back in '91. Made in West Germany!

05-05-2006, 05:32 AM
First was a Gift Ruger 10/22
Purchased VZ-52 Converted to 7.62x39 for $150.00

Still have them.

05-05-2006, 01:45 PM
Ruger 10/22.

Still have that damn thing and it won't quit! 10Kish rounds, never cleaned... stupid .22s!

05-05-2006, 01:47 PM
Welcome to the forum bajorn5.

05-05-2006, 06:15 PM
my first was a Sears Robuck 12gauge pump with choke that my dad gave to me. I wasn't allowed to actually have it till 18 years old. It's just a little older then me 30+ years, still works great.

In 99 I bought a MAK-90, ATI Fiberforce stock

in 2005 my first handgun, five seven USG

very recently I picked up a FNP9, and a stainless 10/22! The 10/22 is getting a dragunov stock similar to the one on my MAK-90 and also a Ruger factory trigger assembly for the 10/22T target version, and a bushnells scope.

05-05-2006, 11:49 PM
My first was a Mossberg 500 12ga when I was 18. My first handgun was a Ruger .45 LC a few days after my 21 birthday. My exwife sold them while I was down in Panama. I guess that is why she is my ex now huh? Anyway I have built my collection back up since then. But it still would be nice to have my first guns back. This still ticks me off when I think about it.

05-06-2006, 12:41 AM
you could have shot the b@tch in the head,
Sorry been there, wish I had done that
not really....................well sorta
But I digress back on topic

05-13-2006, 11:24 PM
you could have shot the b@tch in the head,
Sorry been there, wish I had done that
not really....................well sorta
But I digress back on topic

the only gun I "own" (Panzer bought for me) for protection when we were dating is a 38 special and it still sits in the safe. I have practiced with it maybe 3 or 4 times

09-15-2006, 04:38 PM
The first used gun was K-38 mdl 14 masterpiece w 6inch barrel-1972, the first new gun was a ruger super blackhawk 44 mag w 71/2 barrel-1972

black campbell
09-15-2006, 04:44 PM
Webley MKIII .38S&W with RIC grips. I bought it because of the historical value (to me.) Turned out it shoots great.

Wife's: Taurus .38spl snubbie.

09-15-2006, 05:47 PM
Mine would be a Smith and Wesson chrome .38 special. Bought it used at a pawn shop and couldn't kick the habit since.
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the
government fears the people, there is liberty."- Thomas Jefferson

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will
look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." --
Mahatma Gandhi

09-15-2006, 05:59 PM
Not counting air guns when I was a kid, my FNP9 is the first gun I have ever owned. Now my dilemma is what to buy next! Just joined a local club that has a pretty nice set up for skeet and trap, so I think it will be a O/U shotgun (Any recommendations?). Putting aside some cash for an NFA but with kids in college it may be awhile......

09-15-2006, 10:32 PM
First firearm was also a Stevens single shot 12 gauge when I was 13. I was a big kid but when I touched it off the first time it got my full attention. First thing I bought was a slip on recoil pad. I had fired my dads Browming but it was a pussy cat compared to the Stevens. First handgun was a Colt Woodsman when I was 18. Last buy was a CZ52 last month.

Buddy Lee
09-21-2006, 08:32 AM
First gun I really remember owning was a Ruger P-85 9mm semi-automatic pistol. I bought it three months after my 21st birthday. Still going strong.

First gun I am sure I ever had, but don't remember quite when I got it (present from my father) was a Marlin Model-60 .22 LR tube fed repeater. Still going strong.

Buddy Lee

09-22-2006, 02:13 AM
Little bolt action .22. I still have it. Grandpa gave it to Dad and now I have it. Can't remember the maker right off hand. Need to get it out of it's resting place.

09-22-2006, 06:52 PM
Little bolt action .22. I still have it. Grandpa gave it to Dad and now I have it. Can't remember the maker right off hand. Need to get it out of it's resting place.

If it was Grandpas I would not be surprised if it was a mail order Sears Roebuck marked savage

09-22-2006, 10:54 PM
My first rifle, which was my first gun, was an Ithaca lever-action in .22LR. It had a 12-round magazine tube. I got it for Christmas when I was 11 years old.

My first pistol was an Intratec TEC-22. I bought it just a day before Klinton signed that retarded "assault weapons ban" into law. That turned out to be a real jam-o-matic.

My current collection includes an Onyks pistol in 5.45x39 (which is a Polish Krinkov variant), a Krinkov pistol in .223, Springfield XD45 with flat-earth colored frame, Vz61 Skorpion semi-auto pistol in .32 ACP (it was assembled from a parts kit and the receiver is from RT Mfg. in Wauconda, Illinois), FN PS90 with a black stock, and soon the FN FS2000.

I also have a Romy AK parts kit that I plan on putting together soon. I already got the receiver from NoDakSpud.

09-23-2006, 12:14 AM
I have never owned a gun.