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Old August 11, 2013, 10:58 AM   #101
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Mauser parabellum. It was a Mauser made clone of the Swiss P-08.
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Old August 13, 2013, 07:31 PM   #102
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Ruger SS P-85 somewhere around 1983 after I got out of the U.S. Infantry. I still have it. NEVER failed me...Not once! Of course I haven't shot a million rounds through it but quite a few.
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Old August 14, 2013, 07:24 AM   #103
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A Taurus 85, bought about 20 years ago and still going strong. Not the prettiest girl at the prom, but it always works when it should.
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Old August 14, 2013, 09:43 AM   #104
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tokarev ttc. great pistol. Very simple, very robust. Fired a serious round.
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Old August 14, 2013, 10:47 AM   #105
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It was a Rhom model 63. 22 cal, 8 shot revolver. Bought it back in the early '70s at a big box store called Gulf Mart. Cheap piece of crap, but it still shoots. Not reliable in DA, but goes bang every time in SA.
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Old August 14, 2013, 01:09 PM   #106
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A Ruger GP-100; took me 3 months of research to decide because it was going to be my ONLY gun. It was a beauty and a joy to shoot.

Then I had to get a pocket pistol in .380, then a Glock .45 ACP;

Then I got my C & R license.......
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Old August 14, 2013, 01:26 PM   #107
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Smith & Wesson Military and Police Hand Ejector in .38 spcl inherited from my Grandpa. Blued, but worn; square butt, half moon service sight, and original stocks. Still a great shooter with a smoooooooooth trigger.
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Old August 14, 2013, 01:55 PM   #108
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My first one was a cap and ball revolver " Remington 1858 "" cal. .36 and it's still one of my favorites.
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Old August 14, 2013, 03:08 PM   #109
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Taurus model 82 in 38 special, 3" pencil barrel, fixed sights, and blue finish, surface rust here and there, and some rust in the forcing cone. Horrible double action, crisp but heavy single action. It was very accurate though. Had a bad firing pin in the hammer which Taurus fixed on their dime. Great place to start. You get good with the worst trigger out there over hundreds and hundreds of rounds, suddenly you look great when you have a good gun to use. Recently sold it, and I have to admit, I do miss it sometimes.
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Old August 14, 2013, 03:17 PM   #110
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Ruger MkII
Ruger Security Six
Ruger P95

In that order...
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Old August 14, 2013, 04:03 PM   #111
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Old August 14, 2013, 11:59 PM   #112
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What was your very first handgun?

Glock 17 in 1987. I bought it and the Steyr AUG together for around $1500.
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Old August 15, 2013, 11:48 AM   #113
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Beretta 92 fs for me. Back then I was a semi-auto guy with NO interest in a revolver. NOW I prefer to shoot my revolvers more than than the autos.
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Old August 16, 2013, 09:05 AM   #114
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Beretta 92 a long time ago. It kind of went like this, Me; I want to buy a handgun, Counterman; what kind of gun are you interested in? Me; which one holds the most bullets?
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Old August 16, 2013, 09:35 AM   #115
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Ruger Mark II with a 10" bull barrel was the first thing I bought. It was my plinker for years, and now is on 'Critter Control Duty' with my uncle. He loves it, and I miss it.

The first I ever got as a gift, Ruger Single Six. I STILL plink with that.
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Old August 16, 2013, 09:55 AM   #116
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I got a little ranger .22 revolver for xmas in 1989. First centerfire was a lama .45
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Old August 16, 2013, 12:06 PM   #117
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Walther PPQ for me. Purchased it at a gun show couple of years ago I guess. Never really had the want for a handgun until I picked up that PPQ did it open up a can of worms. I now own 7 handguns in total and i have a revolver on the way.
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Old August 18, 2013, 06:19 PM   #118
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Rutgers Single Six with the extra 22 Mag cylinder. Couldn't hit a damn thing with it, but it was fun to shoot.

No longer have and to be honest, I wouldn't shoot it much if I did have it. Still regret getting rid of it.
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Old August 18, 2013, 08:14 PM   #119
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Ruger standard .22 in 1971 for $30.00 sold it two weeks later for 45. Thought I could maybe retire then.
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Old August 19, 2013, 02:03 AM   #120
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My first handgun was a High Standard HD Military 22 given to me by my father. Still have it.

The first handgun I ever bought was a 6" S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman in 357, purchased from the late, lamented San Francisco Gun Exchange. Still have it too.
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Old August 19, 2013, 08:46 AM   #121
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First Handgun

Back in 1990 I came back from a remote tour in Korea to find that the ex-wife to be had sold the Ruger Standard that I had inherited from my father. I tried to recover it but that wasn't happening.

Last week I ran into a Ruger Standard/Mark I made in 1972. She sports a 4 1/2 inch barrel and is in great shape. I had to clean the manufacturers oil out of her it had hardened after 40 years of sitting around.

Prior to this I had acquired a Mark II (Top Right) and a Mark III 22-45.
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Old August 19, 2013, 12:54 PM   #122
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Re: What was your very first handgun?

Mine was nothing really special, a S&W Bodyguard .380. It is special to me though because it was my first gun period, besides an old bb gun my dad gave to me when I was younger.
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Old August 19, 2013, 02:46 PM   #123
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in 1962 I bought a 1911 colt that had been modified for target shooting. very accurate pistol. My son has the pistol now and will probably give it to his son.
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Old August 19, 2013, 02:59 PM   #124
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First handgun

My first revolver was an H&R 9 shot revolver. I had to sell it after only a few months after I bought it! It shaved lead so bad, nobody could stand near me when I shot it!
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Old August 19, 2013, 03:25 PM   #125
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Beretta 21a Bobcat 22lr... '85-86 time frame... recently out of college. The ability to thoroughly conceal was paramount. Proven reliability and accuracy.
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