What was your first gun and how did u get it

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  1. riverrat47

    riverrat47 Elite Refuge Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    nw illinois
    It was a Mossberg .22 cal., semi. I don't know where it really came from, Dad just gave it to me one day...I was about 4, but not shooting it for several years. As he'd just been sheriff, in my mind I decided he'd taken it from some bad guy. In reality, one of his friends probably gave it to him for me...it was made the year I was born.
    It had a safety and funky peep site, both of which were not suited for a novice shooter, but I made due. We hunted squirrels and went to the dump and shot rats...a favorite past-time in those days.
    My first shotgun was a H&R .410, single shot, full choke...with a recoil pad! I think I was about 8 when I got that. I shot a ton of squirrels, rabbits, quail, pheasants and ducks with that gun...at least in my mind. Maybe I shot a ton of shot TRYING.
    Rick Hall's post about the single shot 16 ga., brought back memories. When Dad's friends first started taking me duck hunting, I knew the .410 left me woefully under gunned. For a time, one of Dad's friends loaned me a Model 12, mag., which was so long for me that it was a single shot as I had to bring it down from my shoulder to pump it.
    I also borrowed my cousins Winchester 16 ga. single shot, cracked at the pistol grip, glued and wrapped with about 300 yards of electrical tape. Like Rick said, you had to be serious about killing when you busted a cap. Routinely, my right shoulder blade would end up bruising my left ear.
    After all that, I did kill my first duck, a drake mallard, with my .410... but I WAS using the big magnum(?) 3" shells, not those wimpy 2 1/2."
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  2. Matt Barnard

    Matt Barnard Elite Refuge Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    South Dakota
    My first was an Ithaca 37. Bought it with my graduation from high school money. Paid $125.00 dollars for it in 1973. And I did shoot a ton of stuff with mine. Ducks, geese, pheasants,quail, a couple of deer. A bazillion pigeons and starlings. I got a MEC reloader in '74 for my birthday. For a couple of summers, I shot trap 2-3 nights a week as well. Still got it. Shot a lot of XX's through it. Some steel as well.
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  3. pluffmud

    pluffmud Senior Refuge Member

    Jul 15, 2017
    Single shot New England .410 I bought new with money I saved working most of the year when I was 11 in 2001. Still have that little gun.
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  4. coachcornbread

    coachcornbread Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    USA in this hoe
    The first gun that I got that was totally mine was a 12 gauge 870 wingmaster. I got it from my grandfather for Christmas on my 10th birthday. 33 years later I still have the same gun. My kids killed their first ducks with it, and I still use it from time to time.
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  5. MarshmanDon

    MarshmanDon Senior Refuge Member

    Dec 21, 2019
    In my opinion the 870 is the toughest gun.
    Ever made in my lifetime some times l
    Get tempted to get another one 20 gauge
    Wingmaster. !
  6. Bill Kraft

    Bill Kraft New Member

    Sep 26, 2018
    Remington 514, single shot .22. My Dad gave me choice for H.S. Graduation. a typewriter or something usefull like a 12 ga Stevens 311, killed a lot of stuff with both. Retired the Stevens when steel shot came in. Really thinking about having the chokes opened to IC and Lt Mod. Hunting just aint the same without a "two row."
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  7. no harm-no fowl

    no harm-no fowl Senior Refuge Member

    Sep 9, 2007
    Mine was a Thompson Center Hawkins .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle. It was 1976 and I was 14 years old. I worked all summer to earn the money. My parents had me in a summer reading program because I wasn't doing well in school. As a reward for completing the program, they took me to the local hardware store and let me pick out the gun. I still have it, and have kill many a deer with it.
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  8. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

    Dec 14, 2003
    Sula, MT
    First Gun? Browning T-Bolt. Wicked accurate. Qualified for my NRA shooting medal at age 5 with it. Still have it.

    First shotgun? For one year, H&R .410 Single shot, with a hammer. Age 5. When the birds were close, he would hand me a shell. (I was already tested on gun safety the year before, carrying a pellet gun on hunts with my Dad)

    First 'real' shotgun (for more than one year) was a Cool lil Beretta Break Action Single Shot, Trap model, and I guess a Youth Model, as it was very small. I donated that a few years back to the Trap Club for our Youth League.

    First deer rifle was a Savage Mod.99, in 250-3000. Wish I still had that one.
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  9. sleeping_dogs

    sleeping_dogs Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 5, 2001
    West Tennessee
    40E59CB8-2B98-4428-8A03-02756BC7CF8A.jpeg Remington model 48 “The Sportsman” 20ga. It was gift to my father for me from one of his patients. I think he gave it to me when I was about 12. I hunted both doves and duck with it until I was in my mid twenties.
  10. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Came up shooting my fathers guns, H&R 410 single shot, ( brother has that one), Monkey Wards single shot 22, (I,ve got that) and a win Model 24 double 12. First that was actually mine was given to me at about 12 as Christmas present. An Ithica lever action 22 single shot from Jeff Traders gun shop in Pocomoke, Md. Sadly I sold it when I was in my 20,s. .
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