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Maryland - USA

Move out Draw fire....
Sep 26th, 2017 02:40 PM        

I remember getting my first BB gun by the time I was 4 or 5. First rifle by 9 A 30-30 Winchester. My grandparents had a cabin in Garret County MD on Deep Creek Lake. Shooting was a good part of my childhood. I love the woods and mountains. One of the reasons I joined the Army right out of High School. <br /> <br /> So when did you start shooting and why? <br /> Now I don't collect them but have:<br /> <br /> 2 Shotguns<br /> 6 Rifles<br /> 2 Handguns<br /> <br /> Haven't had any GAS lately, which is good. I still shoot about every month at a local outdoor range which is very expense. Still enjoy going with my Dad. <br />

Chris Greene

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Idaho, USA

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Sep 26th, 2017 02:43 PM        

Boy Scout camp is where I first learned. .22 single shot Remington rifles as I recall. I'm not shooting much these days but it could be a getting older thing.


Sebastian, FL

Outta the rat race
Sep 26th, 2017 02:50 PM        

Rabbit hunting with the old man 12 years old.

buster strings

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Rafe Hollister is a friend of mine
Sep 26th, 2017 02:57 PM        

Shooting my Dad's Browning .22 rifle when I was about 5. I had to lay the barrel across his forearm because it was too heavy for me.<br /> I now have a bigger collection than I want to admit.<br /> Now is the time to buy them, while they are cheap.


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Sep 26th, 2017 02:58 PM        

My dad had rifles and shotguns as far back as I can remember. I reckon I was about 9 or 10 when I first shot one. He was a casual hunter but gave up deer hunting early. I think he just didn't enjoy the kill aspect of hunting. I was the same. Don't like venison, trophies, cold weather. I quit early and saved my vacation for fishing. I've had rifles and shotguns but now only have 3 handguns (S&W 9mm, Glock 19 and Ruger LCP). My 2 brothers are avid hunters and collectors.


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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Sep 26th, 2017 03:04 PM        

As a kid I grew up with BB guns, archery and fishing. At 26 I started hunting and within a year bought a .30-.30 94, a Mossberg 500 12ga. pump and a Ruger RST-6 .22 pistol.<br /> <br /> In my 40s I pretty much lost interest as good hunting spots became subdivisions and "clean" farming mowed away good wildlife habitat.<br /> <br /> I only shoot handguns these days for fun at the outdoor range and keep up my skills with my carry guns.


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South Jersey/USA

She turned me into a newt!....
Sep 26th, 2017 03:05 PM        

I started late in life. My BIL introduced me to trap and skeet when I was about 30 or so. I got my first shotgun and we went to the range together whenever our families visited my In-Laws (we live in different states).<br /> <br /> I got into reloading and had a clay target thrower and went to a local outdoor range when I could.<br /> <br /> I was alone at one of these ranges one day when a bunch of young unsavory types where acting foolish (dangerous) and it really soured me to going out there by myself as I was fearing for my saftey.<br /> <br /> I really haven't been shooting much since that experience.<br /> <br /> Sold most my stuff but still have the shotgun and a .22.


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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Sep 26th, 2017 03:06 PM        

I got my first BB gun around the age of 8, shot my first .22 on a Marine Core base in the Boy Scouts. <br /> <br /> My first rifle was around 14 or 15, it was a kit I purchased with money I made mowing lawns. I was pretty ignorant of fire arms at the time and didn't realize it was a muzzle loading blackpowder rifle until well after I had finished it. I knew something was not right, no place to load a bullit. I came across a book at the library that told me what it was so I learned about shooting blackpowder. That's pretty much all I shot until I was in my twenties, my first modern style was a Winchester 94 I bought in the 70s. <br /> <br /> I have what I want in the way of modern firearms, though most would be considered early cartridge types, revolvers, lever rifles, a couple auto loaders. A high end Blazer R-93, regular stuff "o)


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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 26th, 2017 03:13 PM        

I still have my Daisy pump BB gun from when I was a kid. I used my dad's single shot .22 for most of my shooting and got a 410 single shot Winchester when I was about 12.<br /> Below are 2 old BB guns that my dad's older brother left to him and my dad gave to me last weekend. Model 25 pump and model 1000 lever action. Both still work.

Gene from Tampa

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Tampa, FL

Live! From God's Waiting Room ....
Sep 26th, 2017 03:48 PM        

I was ten and learned to shoot with a .22 at the Word of Life Baptist bible camp in upstate New York. <br /> <br /> I was too young to see the irony. <br /> <br />


FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Sep 26th, 2017 03:53 PM        

I learned to shoot from a friend's father who was disappointed his own children had no interest in it.<br /> <br /> And had extreme hippie parents who wouldn't let me have toy guns. I realized very, very early that it was just as easy to hide a fake one as a real one from their prying eyes and ended up eventually with a S&W Mdl 10.<br /> <br /> These days I have an obscene amount of stuff. There is no other way to describe it.



Hold my beer,..I'm gonna try someth'in
Sep 26th, 2017 04:13 PM        

My Dad was an old time groundhog shooter back in Pa., actually he hunted and fished all the time.<br /> <br /> I started out with a BB pump rifle, the 'ol man had enough rifles, so when he took my brother and I with him,.. we were all set. After the first couple of deer hunts,. he gave me his Rem. 600,. in .35 cal. for Christmas,. he gave my older Brother his Rem. model 14 in .35 cal. too,. which I later bought from him!


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ex Machina
Sep 26th, 2017 04:15 PM        

I was in the 2nd grade and my dad took me out on his folks' farm in KS. We plinked rusty tin cans with an ancient Sears & Roebuck (probably made by Stevens) bolt-action 22 rifle, single shot.<br /> <br /> The same rifle he used as a kid to put rabbit and squirrel on the dinner table for his family when he was in grade school.<br /> <br /> I sure wish I had that rifle.


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East Tennessee

Sep 26th, 2017 04:19 PM        

My parents let me skip kindergarten and that gave me another year to walk around the woods behind our house with my Collie setting up rocks, sticks, and occasionally toys to shoot down with my dad's old Coleman pump air rifle.<br /> <br /> In first grade (7 years) for Halloween I dressed as Davy Crockett and took the gun to school as a prop. No one said anything. <br /> <br /> Started shooting 9mm handguns and .22 LR the next year IIRC.


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Clawhammer Rules!
Sep 26th, 2017 04:44 PM        

I grew up in a non-gun household and had never fired anything other than a BB gun until college days. I bought a revolver and began learning to shoot after my son was born. That natural yet semi-crazy overprotective "nobody is going to hurt my baby" feeling led to the realization that I was woefully inadequate to protect my wife and child from much of any threat. Things progressed from there.


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Sep 26th, 2017 04:45 PM        

I received a Daisy BB gun when I was around 9 or 10 years old, and after discovering that the poor birds and animals I shot were dead I realized hat it wasn't a very pleasurable device to own.<br /> <br /> After my time with an M-16 in Vietnam I knew I'd never own a firearm once I saw what that weapon did to a human being. <br /> <br /> Today I have no desire to own a firearm.


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So. Cal. USA

Sep 26th, 2017 05:43 PM        

I had no BB guns or cartridge weapons as a kid but was introduced to guns while in the Boy Scouts. My mom was not gun friendly. Dad didn't hunt as he had vision in only one eye. We had a friend of the troop who was a collector and he would invite the Troop to a private range twice a year for a "shoot out". Always well organized, gun safety was taught and you had to demonstrate proper handling and safety of each weapon before you were allowed to the firing line.<br /> <br /> In high school I bought a 22 that I kept at a friends house and the rest is history.<br /> <br /> I've only had to pull out a gun once in my self- defense and if I hadn't had my revolver on me I'd most likely be dead (or worse). I didn't have to fire it but the racist group attacking me did in fact bring knives to a gun fight so they split quickly when I drew down.<br /> <br /> As to what I have and how many that is between me, my maker and the state of California and sometime not even the state.


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Staten Island, NY

Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 26th, 2017 05:51 PM        

âBoy Scout camp is where I first learned. .22 single shot Remington rifles as I recall. I'm not shooting much these days but it could be a getting older thing.â<br /> <br /> Not a gun owner or collector, but I too first shot at Scout Camp. They had a range where the paper targets were held between two ropes using four wooden clothespins. One of the main instructions was, DONâT SHOOT THE CLOTHESPINS!!<br /> <br /> One of our main activities was seeing how many clothespins we could âaccidentallyâ shoot before being asked to leave. <br /> <br /> Older scouts (14+?) who proved they could handle the .22 were permitted to try shooting trap with some sort of shotgun. I think I was only in Scout camp at the appropriate age once, but I didnât try it.


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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Sep 26th, 2017 06:37 PM        

I had a pump Daisy rifle as a kid in the late 60s but started shooting for real in high school. The year before I arrived there as a sophomore they killed off the shooting team, but the coaches continued on an unofficial basis complete with competitions between teams. I started by shooting rimfire bullseye but did well and moved on to a 1911 halfway through the first year. My last two years I shot high power rifle, too - that was a summer thing. <br /> <br /> I wasnât a popular kid and sucked at team sports, and I had found something that I really excelled in with shooting. Iâve stuck with it all these years.


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Las Vegas NV

Can't complain but sometimes I still do
Sep 26th, 2017 06:39 PM        

I had my first BB gun at a very, very young age. Small town in Utah this was a ordinary thing.<br /> <br /> We had a cheap .22 rifle and a cheap shotgun as well that I shot when I could go out with adults. <br /> <br /> As I got a tad older, still very young, I could take the .22 and walk across the street in front of our house, through my Uncle's field, climb over the fence to the other side and be faced with never ending sage brush and jack rabbits.<br /> <br /> As I got older and of age to actually get a license and hunt game I did some of that. I really enjoyed being out on the hunt and seeing the great out doors and the challenge of finding whatever we were hunting. What I also quickly figured out is that I did not get any real satisfaction in killing things. In the end I sold off my hunting rifles and shotgun.<br /> <br /> I've never had much thought of firearms as a "thing" of interest. Never any desire to own a great many or to collect in any way.<br /> <br /> My interest in firearms was rekindled when I discovered Front Sight. The interest though was not in the firearms themselves, but in what some call, *The comfort of skill at arms* ... the ability to use them effectively.<br /> <br /> I took my first course at Front Sight back in about 2000. That was an UZI Sub-machine Gun course where Queenie overcame her fear and paranoia about guns. She had never even touched a firearm before ... so this was the first gun she ever walked up to, touched, picked up, handled, manipulated, loaded and shot. It was a life changing day for Queenie.<br /> <br /> I had my concealed carry permit since the early 90s when I was working in retail management. With those middle of the night calls from the alarm company I felt better being able to bring a firearm with me. Not that I figured I'd be clearing the building, just the fact that you have no way to know what you will find as you show up in the parking lot.<br /> <br /> After taking three *4 Day Defensive Handgun Courses* at Front Sight over the next several years, I came to a serious conclusion. That conclusion was ... I was legally carrying a gun and by now I had finally figured out that I did not know 10% of what I should know to be carrying it.<br /> <br /> In the fall of 2011 I made a commitment to learn what I needed to know and began taking a course every month (to the best of my scheduling ability) in order to gain the knowledge and especially the skill necessary for me to feel competent to have that gun on me.<br /> <br /> IMO there are many people out there carrying guns with the idea that they have their card in their wallet and their gun on their hip and they are good to go. The problem is that without real training they simply don't know what they don't know. I am aware of this because I was one of them.<br /> <br /> Anyway, I've spent the past six years fixing that. I can add that I have experienced a certain amount of success.<br /> <br /> Since I seem to be in this typing frenzy here I'll also add this for those confused about how I talk about shooting. Over the years I have posted here on the FDP about my adventures in Defensive Handgun Training at Front Sight. Some times met with interest and more often than not met with a considerable amount of negativity and chagrin. <br /> <br /> One bone of contention seems to be that I never refer to what I do as "Fun". Fun seems to be the theme of shooting and time spent at the range among FDPers (for them) and that's fine with me.<br /> <br /> In my case though, I have spent the past six years trying to develop a skill where if it were to ever be put to use on the streets people would be shot and if shot would likely die ... that includes me, myself.<br /> <br /> As I do my training that reality never escapes me and with that sense of things I will never call what I do "Fun".<br /> <br /> Virtually every student at Front Sight would call it the most fun they have ever had shooting and they would quickly express that to anyone.<br /> <br /> My sense of it is just me and what goes on in my own head.<br /> <br /> So there you go and now (if you are one of the confused) you know.<br /> <br /> <br />

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