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    How many still own their First gun.

    Reading through Rick Bowles thread on "Real 22s" I noticed a few posters showing images of their first gun, and it got me wondering how many of us still own the first gun that we bought or were given. I posted this one in that thread, a Marlin 39A that I got on my 13th birthday. I've had a lot of guns come and go over the years, but this one isn't going anywhere, and will stay in the family.

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    I admit I do still have it but it's buried in the back of a closet. I won't even let it in the safe with the real guns.

    As a 13, about to be 14 year old kid I wanted to go hunting with a friend and his dad. They were willing to take me but I had to have a shotgun. I had spent my summer job money on archery stuff (I always needed arrows) so I asked my mom if I could have a shotgun for my birthday. She didn't commit but it turned out she had talked to my friend's dad and he said to buy a single shot 410.

    Unfortunately she went to the local hardware store in our small town. Some clerk there saw her coming and sold her a H&R Topper, a single shot 410 with a nickle plated action and a junk wood stock painted black. It looked more like a BB or Pellet gun than a real shotgun.

    I suspect this abomination had been on their gun rack for several hunting seasons and they want to be rid of it. When a single mom who knew absolutely nothing about hunting, shotguns or anything related walked in the door and asked about a beginners shotgun she was told the Topper was just what she wanted.

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciated that my mother was willing to buy me a shotgun so I could go hunting. My friend's father had no use for bows and arrows and insisted I have a shotgun. His son had a single shot Stevens 410, with blue steel, case color on the frame and a walnut stock (at least it was walnut stain rather than black paint). I hunted with that H&R all through high school. When I was old enough to go on my own I used a bow, but when a shotgun was called for I drug out the Topper and put up with the smiles and laughter.

    So, because my well meaning mother bought it for me, I've hung onto the Topper for 57 years. I don't ever show it to anyone, but it's there to remind me of the kindness my mother did for me when I was nothing but a kid.

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    Strip and re-stain the stock.

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    I still have my Remington Nylon 66 .22 rifle. Got it around 1974 ?
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    This was my first handgun. I don't remember how old I was at the time I acquired it but, I was just a kid. H&R "22 Special" 9 shot single\double action breaktop revolver.H&R 22 Special L.H..JPGH&R 22 Special R.H..JPG
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    Remington pump action Field Master .22.....still have it ....first gun and was a gift

    Colt MKIV Series 70 .....first purchase as adult....still have that as well
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    My first "real" gun was/is a Remington Nylon 66 that I got for Christmas in 1962 at the ripe old age of 14. It is the version with the brown stock with white diamonds inset on each side. It has taken its share of squirrels and snakes, been used to shoot rimfire metallic silhouette and for steel plate competitions. It is still in nearly perfect condition and I intend to keep it that way! I think my Dad paid something like $52.00 for it! It, along with a few other family guns will not be sold but passed on to the next generation.
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    Here's my first gun...Remington Nylon 66 Apache Black. I haven't shot it in years though.
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    Mine was a Marlin model 60 .22 rifle. Sold it to a cousin for his two boys to use. I will probably buy it back one day when they get older.
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    My first was a cap and ball revolver that wore out in about a year and is long gone.My second was a Remington 582 that I still have and my 3rd was my fathers fn Mauser 30-06 that’s still here
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