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Old July 29, 2013, 08:51 AM   #51
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A late-1980s Ruger MkII Target.

A friend of mine actually bought it new, then he gave it to me to hang on to when he moved to no-handguns-allowed Chicago. He never asked for it back, and I haven't seen or heard from him in 25 years so I guess it's mine now!
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:05 AM   #52
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Gifted to me: Browning High Power. Belgium made. One in blue and one in hard chrome.

Bought: Glock 22 second gen. (yuck .40)
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:08 AM   #53
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My first was a Beretta model 86 .380 tilt barrel.
I had all kinds of problems with FTF,FTE etc... Traded it in for a 92fs and never looked back.
Turns out that there was probably nothing wrong with that gun other than operater error All the things that a new handgunner does wrong, limpwristing, proper sight picture etc.
I guess we all have to start somewhere.
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:08 AM   #54
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Smith & Wesson Model 19 "Combat Magnum." No idea what "dash" model it was. Traded it off about a year later for a Colt Government Model. Bought, sold, and traded a lot of them since then.
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Old July 29, 2013, 11:00 AM   #55
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My 1st was a Ruger SBH 357 mag.
I wish I still had it.
I can't prove it but I think my ex got off with it.
It came up missing right after she moved out.
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Old July 29, 2013, 12:12 PM   #56
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Re: What your very first handgun?

My first was a Ruger SR9c. I just got into shooting last year. I have no idea what took me so long but im hooked now. Ive already added two SIGS, a 290RS and a 1911 Nightmare Carry.
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Old July 29, 2013, 12:17 PM   #57
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Mine was a Smith & Wesson 64. Don't have it anymore, though I will always have a K frame in the collection.
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Old July 29, 2013, 01:04 PM   #58
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1st - Glenfield Marlin Mod 60 (1968)
2nd - Stoeger 22 Luger

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Old July 29, 2013, 02:17 PM   #59
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, mine was a Hawes Western Marshal in 22lr. Traded it for a Ruger Mk1 standard model.
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Old July 29, 2013, 03:19 PM   #60
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I was between 10-12 years of age when I was given GrandPa's Ole .45… However, I had access to and shot it quite regularly way before then.
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Old July 29, 2013, 03:39 PM   #61
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Ruger P89. It was on long term loan from my Dad while in College. I returned it to him when I bought my P95, but It didnt take me long to add my own P89 to my collection.
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Old July 29, 2013, 04:21 PM   #62
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Ruger MkII followed closely by a Kimber 1911 .45
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Old July 29, 2013, 05:41 PM   #63
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CZ-52 7.62x25mm, still have it too.

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Old July 29, 2013, 09:02 PM   #64
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The day I turned 21 in 1976 I went to the LGS and plunked down $125 for a Ruger New Model Blackhawk, 7-1/2" blue 45 Colt. I bought a couple boxes of Remington 255 LRN, made my own leather holster, and I was a "pistolero" by gawd!! A little while later I bought a pair of elephant ivory stocks for it for just $25.
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Old July 29, 2013, 09:05 PM   #65
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Congratulations to the OP on a very popular post. You sure struck a chord. My first handgun was a Ruger Redhawk 44 mag back in the 80's. I'd lusted after it. Purchased it on my 21st Birthday. Still have it and it still looks like new.
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Old July 29, 2013, 10:03 PM   #66
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Thompson Center Contender, first generation, 10 inch octogon barrels. I had .22lr, .357 and .44 mag. I figured one gun for everything. The first time I fired a .44 mag, the forend split into two pieces and went flying and I dislocated my thumb. I probably needed to work on my grip.
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Old July 30, 2013, 04:53 PM   #67
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First Handgun

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Old July 30, 2013, 06:05 PM   #68
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Browning High Power purchased in 1967.Still have it.
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Old July 30, 2013, 06:48 PM   #69
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Beretta Neos.
Super fun, I am mostly a shotgun shooter, and hunting rifles. The Neos is super fun to shoot. I had it for only a week before I did a full trigger job, now it is smooth as butter with a 3lb break. Love it.

Now I have a Beretta 92fs. a bit more fun
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Old July 30, 2013, 07:10 PM   #70
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A used CZ75 in 1994 for $325. I bought it for the caliber, classic styling, and the cost. Although it was completely reliable, I was never the most accurate with it. I later traded it +$25 for a used Beretta 92FS and never looked back.
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Old July 30, 2013, 07:22 PM   #71
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When I turned 12, my Dad bought me a RG single action western style .22 revolver. Man, I sure thought it was the greatest thing ever. Shortly after I got it, the ejector rod broke and I had to poke out the empties with a stick but I still loved that gun!
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:19 PM   #72
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An Italian copy of a 1851 Navy Colt revolver, 1967 , brass framed, 36 cal, cap and ball. I wasn't 21 but there were no restrictions on black powder cap and ball revolvers so I could buy it. Price was an affordable $ 29.95 ( steel frame was $9.00 more). I wanted a gun to shoot , I could afford it and if it was good enough for " Wild Bill Hickcock " it was good enough for me. I burned a lot of powder shooting it and had a lot of fun...would still have it but a thief broke in my house and stole it. By then the gun was real loose and I had retired it from service. With insurance money I got a new steel frame replica so I guess it all worked out.
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:21 PM   #73
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My 1st handgun ruger red hawk in .45 LC
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Old July 30, 2013, 08:37 PM   #74
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What was your very first handgun?

G23. Wish I still had it. I sold it before I knew I could get a 9mm barrel for it. I didn't appreciate the .40's snappy recoil. Especially as my first gun.
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Old July 30, 2013, 10:31 PM   #75
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Mine was old school! I was 5yrs old and my dad let me pick it out at the gs and I still have it today. It was a kit. 45cal. Cva philadelphia derringer had it made for the big party of 1976!
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