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7point62 12-17-2010 09:50 PM

What was your first rifle?
Just curious. I suspect most cut their teeth with a 22. I went from Daisy pump to a Sears bolt-action single-shot when I was 9. It was beautifully accurate, great irons, I killed hundreds of squirrels.

PTsouthpaw 12-17-2010 10:00 PM

My first real rifle that wasn't an air rifle and belonged to me personally was my Savage 7mm08. I did most of my learning on my air rifles, and started out deer hunting with a Winchester model 94 30-30 that was my grandfather's, until my parents bought me the Savage. The 30-30 is mine now too.

spittinfire 12-17-2010 10:07 PM

The first rifle I ever owned was a 30-06. The first gun besides a bb/pellet gun was a 12ga Winchester 1300 I bought(that's right, I saved my money and bought it myself) at the ripe old age of 12. It was right before Christmas so my dad bought me a hard case for it. Last year I pulled the gun out to go shoot and the original reciept fell out....took me back.

I was shooting my dad's 22 before then. A Marlin model 80 that belonged to my great grandfather before he passed.

Squirrel_Slayer 12-17-2010 10:11 PM

Ha ha, AR15 chambered in .223, I have only been into shooting rifles for a few years now. Been shooting handguns for six years or so.

orangello 12-17-2010 10:32 PM

.22 single shot, bolt action for Christmas when i was six. Went outside with Dad & capped a squirrel with a .22 short, first shot about three minutes after opening the rifle. I found out later, much later, that the rifle was bought used from a guy Dad knew through his work; years later, my sister married the seller's nephew, small world.

amoroque 12-17-2010 10:40 PM

My first rifle was a 30-06 too. Before that I had a crossman pump BB gun.

DPSTX 12-17-2010 10:45 PM

The rifle I learned to shoot with over 35 years ago, (my Mom's Rem model 4) Rolling block single shot. Still shoots like a dream.....

My first "self-owned" gun was my Win 37 20ga shotgun)

The first Rifle I ever bought, 1973 Win 70A .243. purchased used about 1979.


JonM 12-17-2010 11:14 PM

when i was 5 or 6 i got a black plastic m16 for xmas it shot sparks out the end when you pulled the trigger.

stalkingbear 12-17-2010 11:16 PM

My first rifle or gun of any kind was a Remington model 514. From the time I was big enough to carry responsibly it "the rifle" was mine. Naturally this was after a strict training and safety course my mom & dad did themselves. The 1st centerfire was a Savage model 340 in .222 with a Weaver K6 for a 12th birthday present.

JTJ 12-17-2010 11:16 PM

I did not grow up with firearms. The first rifle or firearm for that mater, I fired was the M1 Carbine in the AF. The first rifle I bought was a Marlin 336T in 35 Rem in Alaska. A Mossberg bolt in 22mag followed and then a custom 308 Norma Magnum also in Alaska. I found out how big moose and bears are.:eek:
I could not hunt the first year but I used to go hiking. Some of the guys I hiked with carried 44 mag pistols. I was advised not to trust the power of the pistol so I got a light rifle. The 35 Rem with a 200 gr bullet has over twice the power of the 44 mag. I later got a 12 guage pump with a cut down barrel and carried slugs.

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