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Old 03-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #41
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All of my family; Grandfathers, Father, Uncles and Brother served in the Armed Forces. I started in the Civil Air Patrol won some medals in shooting competitions then later joined the Army.

So I've been around firearms for a long time.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #42
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Grew up in the 50's. Little boys played army along with cowboys and indians. Everyone had toy guns. When you got a little older, you got a BB gun. The draft was still in full effect back then. You turned 18, you did a hitch. Guns were a fact of life with none of the stigma that's attached today. Most of the fathers in the neighborhood were veterans of WWII or Korea, many were hunters and/or recreational shooters. Guns were part of growing up.
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I grew up on a farm out in the country, there were always guns and hunting around. Also, I was a child in the time when the TV western was big, half of the shows on were westerns. And all of the kids had toy guns, at least until they got a little older and got real ones.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #44
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My father was a gun person -- not hugely into hunting, although he did make the occasional outing for deer, dove, or duck. He cast and reloaded ammo, and was a Bullseye target shooter. I got my first firearm when I was six -- a Ruger Mk I pistol; when I was seven I got a Remington .22 single shot that my father cut down to fit me; when I was eight I got a Ruger Single Six Convertible. I guess I was about 10 when I got a bolt action .410 shotgun, and about 13 when my father paid $20 through the NRA for a M-1 Carbine for me. A couple of years later my father got me set up in Bullseye shooting with a Colt Gold Cup, a Smith and Wesson Model 41, and a Smith K-38. Neither my father or I were big sports fans, and most of my best memories of him and myself involve shooting.
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Unfortunately it wasn't my family that got me into shooting . I've always been a military buff and during my time in the Navy, I got to shoot some of the weapons that the MARDET on our ship used and it kindled a real interest.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #46
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Unfortunately it wasn't my family either. There were no firearms in my home and never went hunting or shooting. But somehow these evil things entered my life and have become a sweet little obsession. Blame it on pop culture? Or just discovering something really cool and falling in love with it?

I have been taking my sons shootng and glad they can enjoy it from a younger age than i did.

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