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jefe46
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Sep 26th, 2017 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Scout Camp..1956
Camp Fleischman (sp) near Chester Calif..
We drove all the way from Winnemucca Nevada.
Single shot bolt action .22.
Later (1957) we moved to Pacific Grove, Calif.
Scout camp Pico Blanco in Big Sur area.
Single shot bolt action .22.

Now: Ruger M77/.22, Remington pump, Winchester pump.. Just sold my 1961 Belgian Browning over/under 12 Gauge.
Woodsman .22 bull barrel target match, Ruger single six convertible (.22 mag) .

Looking for "quality" .22 lever action rifle.

I don't hunt or "sport" shoot animals or birds.



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Sep 26th, 2017 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my first firearm, a H&R bolt-action 12ga. shotgun at 17 and started hunting at that time. I bought my first rifle, a Marlin semi-auto .22cal at 18 for target shooting.

Didn't own a handgun until my late 20's and it was a puny .25cal semi.

I have several of each nowadays, but don't hunt anymore. I don't go target shooting much, only once or twice a year. Seems like I always have a somewhat higher priority task to do besides going shooting. I need to rearrange some of those so-called priorities. :)

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Sep 26th, 2017 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had little to no interest in firearms until I was a few years into my Army career. Beer and chasing skirts were my true interest at the time.

It changed while in Germany. The Red Army Faction (RAF), a spin-off of the Bader-Meinhof gang in Europe was very active on my first tour there. They offed a few service people every so often and were ruthless and quite effective. They kidnapped and murdered a Army Colonel in Italy. An RAF chick seduced a GI in a bar, stole his ID, murdered him, and the RAF used that to sneak a car bomb onto Rhein-Mein Air Force base and blow it up in the PX parking lot, killing some Americans.

These people were no joke. I was assigned t a Homing All the Way Killer (HAWK) Missile Battery. They snuck into a HAWK Anti-Aircraft Missile Battery elsewhere in the Brigade and blew up some radars. My missile site was not hit. Luckily, the missiles were in the bunkers for deep maintenance or they'd have goner up in big boom.

In response, all the HAWK Batteries in Germany went on round the clock guard duty, in addition to our regular duties. The weird thing was, ****they gave us no bullets, just empty M-16s*****... It was ridiculous and really scary to go on patrol in the dead of night with no rounds. My missile site was in a very remote part of the Oberpfalz region, deep in a forest and the helpless feeling, isolation, and general stupidity was deeply felt.

Within a few days someone with some sense prevailed and we got issued real rounds for guard duty. I instantly really liked the feeling and felt power surge through me. My fellow troops and I no longer felt nervous about encountering the RAF and we hoped to find them sneaking around. They needed to be nervous about me. After that, I've stayed armed and never looked back.





(This message was last edited by WireDog at 09:15 PM, Sep 26th, 2017)

herbman
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Sep 26th, 2017 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Dad taught me to shoot at age 7 with a 22 rifle. Didn't shoot much until my late teens with a 30-06 army rifle. Then have not really shot at all until recently with c02 pellet pistols. It's tough in Mass. The gun laws suck.

Belgarath

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Sep 26th, 2017 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Started shooting BB guns at 7 or 8. Had full use of Dad's guns at age 9 or 10.

Why? Because I grew up in WV. LOL My maternal grandma was a city girl from Alexandria, VA who used to express that in WV men come out of the womb with a rifle in their hands. I'm certain she was referring to Grandpa and his brothers and friends.

My friends and I could shoot dragonflies out of the air with our BB guns. You were considered a bad shot if you couldn't.

I used to hunt when I lived in WV, but haven't in the 28 years I've lived in FL. I have the skills but not the desire even though I still buy a license annually.

I have shot recreationally and competitively, but not much lately. I used to shoot in IDPA and a bullseye league and wasn't bad at either.

tom l
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Sep 27th, 2017 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't start shooting until I was old enough to buy my own handgun. The first gun I got was a crappy Raven .25 that came as part of a range membership. The first 'real' gun I bought was a stainless S&W Model 66. I went through a couple of others, but when I got married and we were contemplating having kids I sold them, mostly as a concession to my wife.

It wasn't until about 10 years ago that I got back into shooting and got my license to carry. Since then I've had a number of different pistols, but never more than a couple at a time. I usually sell them or trade in when I want something new.

Itchy
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Sep 27th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just started in 2012 at age 41.

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Sep 27th, 2017 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dad was a hunter, so there were guns in the house growing up. Our scoutmaster had a Savage Anschutz target rifle that was my introduction to a "good" trigger.

Joined the USAF, ended up expert marksman with the silver star. Had an instructor offer to nominate me for sniper school.

Started buying guns in the early 90's and haven't stopped yet.

Shot Skeet, Trap, IDPA, and a little Bullseye. Still get out to the range once or twice a week.



Rick Knight
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Sep 27th, 2017 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Dad started letting me shoot tin cans with his .22 when I was about 6 or 7, but doled out the bullets one at a time for a while. He wasn't a big gun guy but in the time and place I grew up, having a .22 and/or a shotgun in the house was no more remarkable than having garden tools.

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Sep 27th, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My dad wasn't much of a hunter so I really wasn't exposed to firearms when I was growing up, although I don't remember ever not having a BB or pellet gun. Dad enjoys target shooting, but we were a military family and moved every two or three years so I expect he just didn't see the point of buying guns that he would probably have to get rid of the next time we moved.

Dad got me my first .22 when we moved for a short time to NH, but we moved to Portugal a few months later and I had to leave it behind.

When he retired from the Air Force and we settled back in his hometown in MA, I started to make up for lost time -- I started hunting and bought a few shotguns, a .22, and a Marlin 30-30.

Then I got married and started collecting kids. I was barely hunting anymore and with the combination of the kids getting big enough to get into trouble and the change in MA gun laws in '98, I moved all my stuff up to my father's place. Over time everything was given away or sold.

Then around about 2008 I started thinking it was time to reconsider my gunless ways. I began the long process of getting my carry permit and have been faithfully stimulating the economy of the gun industry ever since.

I'm not a collector, I just buy what I like and keep enough ammo on hand as a hedge against future dumbassery. I've got enough stuff (legally owned and properly stored in accordance with MA law) to make a MA politician's little brain explode.

I go to the range at least once a week and now that I'm not watching football, I will probably stretch that to twice a week.

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Sep 27th, 2017 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Laker's post reminded me of my first BB gun and the lesson that has been with me ever since.

I too killed a bird with it, I felt terrible, I was deeply saddened and I was really young. It was just behind the house so dad had seen what I had done. I thought he was going to be mad at me but for a change he wasn't. He said actions have consequences, never point a gun at something you don't want to kill. He told me my response to the event was appropriate.

I've been out hunting and have practiced the skills of tracking, stealth, control. I've had 8 point bucks in the crosshairs in North Western Pennsylvania, Tennessee, smaller deer in Florida. But never actually took the shot, I figured I love to be out in the woods, I enjoy shooting and if ever I need the meat I have practiced the skills and know I can feed the family but as a sport, killing is not fun. Almost all off this was either blackpowder, bow or crossbow (after partially paralyzing my right arm)

Nuisance pests are a different story, only critters that actually damage my home and property are on that list. Even then I have moments where I think their has to be a better way. The cat takes care of most of the ones that can get into the house.

jefe46
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Sep 27th, 2017 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In Winnemucca I got my first BB Gun a Daisy Pump.


I saw a small sparrow on a telephone wire. I aimed.. and pulled the trigger.
I never thought I would hit it... but, it fell.
And when it did it was shaking and quivering and was in obvious pain. I went back to the spot the following morning and it was dead. I buried it and made a cross out of twigs.

I learned my lesson.

I have never told that story except here on the FDP.

(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 09:52 PM, Sep 27th, 2017)

Indiana Mike
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Sep 27th, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First BB gun at 12, no safety training or anything, "OK, here's a gun, go have fun!" First firearm was a Ruger 10/22 at sixteen. Same deal. Wish my parents had sent me to a safety class first. I fell in with some shooters that schooled me, eventually. Got a few guns now and a place on my property that I can shoot so I'm happy.

Love .22, shoot a lot of that now that I can find it again.

Itchy
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Sep 27th, 2017 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing I will say about shooting as a hobby is that it can get very expensive very quickly. With guitar playing, as long as I keep gigging fairly regularly I can make some money to justify Gear purchases. With firearms, every squeeze of the trigger is money spent!

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Sep 27th, 2017 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Itchy, you are correct on that.

I sometimes chuckle a bit inside when folks go *tight wad* on spending money for a gun.

They could purchase an expensive high quality gun and it will still be the cheap part of the proposition ... assuming they are serious and really intend to learn to handle and use the thing. ;)

Guitar Fool
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Sep 27th, 2017 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I learned from my Dad,,,guess i was around 10 or so when I got my first Daisy....he had a military issue 1911 and a WW2 M1 Carbine, that I got to shoot...boy what a thrill that was......sure miss that gun

after he died, I guess I was almost 13, my enthusiasm for guns died also, but it has been rekindled the last 4 or 5 years. I have tried to spend as much time as I can at the range as of late.....don't carry because I don't feel ready or comfortable with it yet.

Edited to add:
Since I've been a member here I have discovered that the people of the FDP are probably more opinionated about their firearms than any other subject posted.....it's a very personal issue and makes for good educational discussion...I've learned a great deal from it

(This message was last edited by Guitar Fool at 11:03 PM, Sep 27th, 2017)

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Sep 28th, 2017 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“Since I've been a member here I have discovered that the people of the FDP are probably more opinionated about their firearms than any other subject posted.....it's a very personal issue and makes for good educational discussion”

I find the same, and yesterday I found myself arguing against someone who stated that all people who own guns are crazy. I used many things learned on the FDP as support for my argument.

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Sep 28th, 2017 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I find the same, and yesterday I found myself arguing against someone who stated that all people who own guns are crazy."

This has always confused me a bit. If they truly believe that we are unhinged, why would they dare confront us while we are minding our business in public?

I have been harassed twice in Dick's sporting goods by a soccer mom type because I was standing in line with a few boxes of ammo.



jefe46
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Sep 28th, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I find a distracted driving soccer mom more dangerous than a gun owner.

Guitar Fool
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Sep 28th, 2017 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have been harassed twice in Dick's sporting goods by a soccer mom type because I was standing in line with a few boxes of ammo."

boy doncha just love nosey people like that?

and +1 to what jefe said...


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