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Thread: When did you first get interested in firearms?

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    Default When did you first get interested in firearms?

    For me it was about this time period - 1947 - in front of our Infantry Post quarters at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio) Texas. Am the unruly one on the left with the poor trigger & safety discipline. Evidently I hadn't mastered the art of the lariat yet either.

    How about you folks?

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    Check out those chaps!

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    As a kid, in the 60's, I always had a play gun to play Army. As an adult it wasn't until 1978 when I got my first shotgun to duck hunt, hooked every since.

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    Nice picture.

    For me it was at 5 or 6 years old when I got my first B.B. gun. I would shoot that in the back yard all week then wed go shoot .22s with dad at the river on weekends. After I got older and started working, then a family, so there was not time or place to shoot. I always had a .22 rifle, a .357 revolver, and a colt .380 auto at home but never got to shoot them. Then about the time the Ruger LCP came out I bought one for pocket carry and that was the beginning of the resurgence. Ive owned and traded more firearms since then than I can even count, and shot tens of thousands of rounds at the range.

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    After several years with BB guns, I bought a single shot Remington 22 at 11 years old. I carried that gun everywhere back then. [days and perceptions were different in the 50's] My interest in handguns started when I joined the Navy pistol team shooting a modified 1911.

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    Wow that photo brings back good memories of days gone by, thanks :=]
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    Aside from toys, it was probably when my dad brought home two Ithaca single shot .22 saddle carbines and built a sort of range in our basement. My brothers and I had many fun hours shooting mainly CB caps but an occasional "real" .22 too. Then a few years later, in 1968, he took me to our little local gun shop to get my first pistol, a beautiful Colt Woodsman MT. I was almost 15 years old. Cost me all of my savings from my job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. Lots of memories there in that basement. Those were the days.
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    Shooting and living in Texas was enough.

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    Started shooting .22's in the basement at the angst of my mother in 1963. Had an old Remington bolt and an old Savage bolt. Father was a part time gunsmith. Him and a buddy used to make big game rifles from scratch for the well to do hunters. Also did repair and bluing work, and hand checkering. We never had less than a couple hundred rifles in the basement. The old man seemed to like mausers, or at least did a lot of work on them. I purchased my first handgun at 18. Astra .357 snub. Shot it a few times and sold it back for the same price. Scary. Then went out and got a stainless model 19 with a 4" barrel and never looked back.

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    I got my first toy gun at 4, I began to shoot the neighbors 22 at 9.
    I didn't shoot a real gun until 13, it was my Dad's .30-6.

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