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Old July 30, 2013, 09:12 PM   #26
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A 30 cal. Carbine, us army issue surplus ... My dad gave me as a boy mid-60s

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Old July 30, 2013, 10:13 PM   #27
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what was your first semi-auto rifle?

Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22LR. It was my first semi auto because my first rifle regardless of action type was center fire and a scoped bolt gun.
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Old July 31, 2013, 04:29 AM   #28
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A Ruger Mini-14.

Love the style and reliability. Pretty accurate too.
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Old July 31, 2013, 05:38 AM   #29
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My first semi-auto rifle was a Ruger 10/22- bought about 4 months ago.

I was a little slow getting into the rifle game. I mostly shoot pistols, and the 10/22 was for a tacticool build. For plain out plinking I have a Savage Mk II bolt action that I bring out.
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Old July 31, 2013, 06:54 AM   #30
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A Marlin model 60 was my first rifle.
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Old July 31, 2013, 06:56 AM   #31
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Nylon 66. $69.
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Old July 31, 2013, 08:21 AM   #32
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M1 Carbine (IBM 1942). Got it for being light-weight and handy. It was also my first "full bore" rifle (can I say .30M1 is a full bore caliber?).
I like it very much.
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Old July 31, 2013, 08:27 AM   #33
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Marlin camp carbine 9mm
One of the most fun rifles I have ever owned.
Got offered 2x what I paid for it and sold it.
Yep you guessed right, I regretted it.
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Old July 31, 2013, 08:31 AM   #34
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A Ruger .44 Carbine given to me by a co-worker in 1986 or so. I put about 30 rounds through it and then the action jammed in the open position, couldn't get the breech to close. I took it to a gun smith who said it needed a part, problem was I was a few months away from my 21st birthday so I'd have to wait until then, as Illinois law prohibits under-21 from owning a center fire rifle. In the meantime I went back to school and money was tight so I never did get it fixed, after college I moved into Chicago and pretty much stopped shooting.

After Sandy Hook with all the gun control talk it really spurned me to get back into the shooting sports again. I got a new FOID card, "rescued" my firearms from my parent's house in the suburbs - my dad had moved them from the upstairs to the basement, and the basement had water at some point. All the soft cases they were in had mold/mildew, thankfully only the butt of a Remington 581 had any water damage.

I took my reclaimed guns home and decided to take a crack at fixing the old Ruger, which still had the breech stuck open over 25 years later. I found a Jim Green video on YouTube (a source not available in the 1980s - progress!) showing how to take apart the Ruger, and completely disassembled it except for the trigger housing assembly. Gave it a good, thorough cleaning and oiling, put it back together, and the action cycled a few times before getting stuck open again. I couldn't figure out what was holding it open, everything seemed clear. Finally with the help of a LED light and a magnifying glass I discovered the problem - a small pin on the lifter latch had come loose, and slipped out just enough to hang up on the mechanism. Great I thought.. good luck finding parts for a gun that has been discontinued for 30 years! But lo and behold I found a replacement lifter latch online for $15 and installed it. Cycled the action, seemed to work just fine. Bought some snap caps to see if it could cycle cartridges, they worked through fine too.

So this summer I've put about 200 rounds through it without any problems at all save the difficulty of finding ammo. That gun is a lot of fun to shoot, gets attention at the range too because people think it's a 10/22 until it goes BLAM then they come over to see what it is.

I still have no idea what that pin is for in the lifter latch, it seems like it serves no purpose except to come loose and make the gun jam.
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Old July 31, 2013, 09:23 AM   #35
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Mine was an SKS did not have it very long but it was my first semi-auto. Paid a whopping 79.95 for it in 1985.
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Old July 31, 2013, 09:38 AM   #36
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My first semi auto

Stevens 87 K rats at the city dump in 1962 we sure can,t do that any more.Syracuse NY.We got the bus to the city line with are cased rifles.
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Old July 31, 2013, 09:40 AM   #37
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Jeez, that is a good question. I think it was a Russian SKS in the early 90's. I always had bolt guns, and lever guns before that.
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Old July 31, 2013, 09:52 AM   #38
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My first semi-auto rifle was the first gun I ever bought back when I was 18: It was smack in the middle of the Assault Weapons Ban and I bought a 16" Colt Match Target Competition HBAR II; basically a 16" AR-15 with a solid stock, heavy barrel, no bayonet lug, and no threaded barrel.
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Old July 31, 2013, 11:40 AM   #39
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Yugo sks

I was looking for a non ar priced ak. I walked toward where they are in the shop and saw what I thought was an all wood ak at first glance. Of course that wasn't the case but after looking at it and the tag, I kept staring at it while picking up different ak's so I went home and researched the sks and learned that it has all the reliability of an ak and is actually better built than the ak for half the price. I sold myself an sks. Went back to the shop,got it then learned that I have a grenade launcher on it that I didn't even know about . This gun just gets better and better. Ill probably never find a use for the bayonet or launcher but it sure looks badass to a semi newb like me I love shooting my sks but I haven't shot any other semi auto rifles so I can't really say how good it actually is. I also love that shooting it only costs as much as my 9mm
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Old July 31, 2013, 12:24 PM   #40
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As stated before a Stevens 85 tube fed,with a brown plastic stock.My dad bought it for $10 and it was under the Christmas tree when i was 8.Took years for my arms to grow into it,but man you could whack a hickory nut from 25 yard off with open sights.Later someone threw something on it and broke the stock.It was replaced by a Ruger 10/22, but i still have it and will replace the stock someday.
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Old July 31, 2013, 01:14 PM   #41
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Jul.'62. Boot Camp (Lackland). Issued a M-1(actually it was a M-2, Inland Div.). First time in my life I ever shot or held a weapon...

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Old July 31, 2013, 02:45 PM   #42
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Marlin Model 60 in mid '90's. I still have it and learned to love it when I finally put a good scope and bipod on it.

Why? It was $99 and I wanted to learn to shoot a rifle.
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Old July 31, 2013, 03:23 PM   #43
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what was your first semi-auto rifle?

I don't own a semi-auto rifle, but I suspect it will be a Marlin or Ruger .22 if I ever do get one.
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Old July 31, 2013, 03:28 PM   #44
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Marlin Camp Carbine 9
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Old July 31, 2013, 03:41 PM   #45
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Rimfire, Glenfield 60.
Centerfire, Ruger Mini 30.

I no longer have either.
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Old July 31, 2013, 05:17 PM   #46
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Russian SKS, because it was $89 in 1993 and I was young and poor.
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Old July 31, 2013, 05:20 PM   #47
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Remington 550-1 .22 rifle present from my grandfather when I graduated grade school.
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Old July 31, 2013, 05:57 PM   #48
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Marlin 60. First and only.
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Old July 31, 2013, 07:55 PM   #49
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first semi

First semi I owned was a Remington7400 in 243 because that is what was given to me. First I shot was a Nylon 66.
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Old July 31, 2013, 08:40 PM   #50
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ok guess I'll chip in since I started the thread. Mine was a war 10/63 which I just bought recently. despite what you've heard this is a really great rifle. very little mag wabble, no canted gas block, shoots great and has an awesome trigger.
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