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Old July 4, 2022, 11:10 AM   #26
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Raised in western New York, south of Buffalo, the only handguns I ever saw were the .38 Special Colts and Smiths on the town's police force.

I went into the Air Force at 18 and qualified on the Smith & Wesson Model 15's then in service. Four days total on the range, two with the Model 15's and the 2nd two with the M-1 Garand. This was in '64, and long before the M-16 went into the inventory, circa 1966.

The Model 15's stayed around though, and I was issued one on arriving in Vietnam, in January of '70. Mine stayed in my foot locker after the first month in country however, and I got a 1911a1 from the Special Forces guys I was flying and living with. A far better gun for close up work in the trenches and fighting positions on the camp's perimeter.

Later, a Browning Hi Power came my way and I carried that for the rest of my 1st tour in that hell hole of a country. Best Regards, Rod
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Old July 7, 2022, 03:43 AM   #27
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I'm pretty sure it was .38 when i was around 9. It's really hard to recall specifics except part where my grandad took me to shoot some cans at his ranch.
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Old July 7, 2022, 08:30 AM   #28
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Army 1911 age 22.
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Old July 9, 2022, 10:22 PM   #29
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It was my first handgun of any kind, a Ruger SBH when I was 16 in '72. The Browning ammo in that cartridge was a stout load with a 240gr jacketed SWC producing an impressive fireball. It took weeks of subsequent handloads to dispel my flinch.
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Old July 10, 2022, 11:59 AM   #30
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Age 13, while at Hodgdon Indoor Shooting Range in Kansas City.
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Old July 12, 2022, 09:07 PM   #31
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Dad was a deputy sheriff and carried a .357 magnum derringer or some mouse gun in his coat pocket as backup.

Asked if my buddy and I wanted to try it out at age 13. We were told to hold it tightly. Yeah, real funny.


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Old July 15, 2022, 11:48 AM   #32
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I know I was shooting rimfire rifles since I was 4 or so. I just can't remember any larger caliber. My dad didn't really have that many guns, for pistols only a ruger blackhawk .357.

The first center fire pistol I distinctly remember firing was at a family reunion when I was 12 or 13 where I shot an uncle's stainless ruger super redhawk 44 mag with a 9.5" barrel using his "hot" hand loads. Yeah, I do own that exact same model now, it was the second pistol I ever bought (used).
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Old July 15, 2022, 02:42 PM   #33
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It is surprising but lots of guys who weren’t from rural areas never shot 22s, rifle or pistol.
I guess if main purpose of gun and training was anti personnel there was no need for 22s.
To us guys from Podunk, USA there was nothing more useful than 22s.
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Old July 16, 2022, 05:01 PM   #34
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I was about 6 or 7. My dad, our neighbor and my brother took me out hunting in the desert. After about 1/2 hour of walking, we stopped to pop a few cans. He was carrying a Colt single action in 38 or 357, handed it to me and told me to shoot one of the cans. I don't know if I hit the can or not, but I was wound up for the rest of the day!
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Old July 31, 2022, 04:37 PM   #35
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The first revolver that I shot was while I was a student at the USAF Air Police Tech school at Lackland AFB.
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Old July 31, 2022, 08:17 PM   #36
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On a strip mine in Grundy Virginia with my uncle. Smith and Wesson 22 revolver.
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Old July 31, 2022, 09:58 PM   #37
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I don't remember the first time I shot a handgun. I am pretty sure the first time I shot a rifle was in 1962 outside of Rosswell NM. It was a Mossburg semiauto 22.
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Old August 1, 2022, 12:27 AM   #38
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For a revolver- I think I was around 9. My stepdad and his buddy took me along to the Potter C. S.O. range at the old Amarillo Air Force Base. The firearm was either a S&W 15 or 19 loaded with .38's. I was hooked!

I didn't shoot a semi auto until '87 when I was 18 and going through OSUT for MP at Ft. McClellan, AL They qualified us on 1911's, and that was the first time I heard the silly saying "Think twice about qualifying Expert- If you shoot somebody, they'll be asking you why you didn't shoot to wound if you're an Expert." Funny now- I have no idea what I qualified as.
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Old August 1, 2022, 01:09 AM   #39
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I was 11 and it was a Taurus .38 Special.
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My first handgun was a Black Powder 1851 Colt Copy in 44 that I ordered when I was probably 17 or 18. It came from Navy Arms I believe. I shot pounds of powder through it. I remember buying 3F Black Powder at Gun Shows back in the day weighed out in a paper sack. It would be nice to go back to the simpler days without so many Regulations to deal with.

The First Centerfire I remember Shooting was my brothers Ruger Single Action 357 Magnum, at about the same age.

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