My first gun approx 58 years ago.
A little slow today, so I got to wonderin' how long I'd had some of my revolvers. So I took a little survey, and found this:
Ruger .357 Blackhawk................62 years
Ruger Super Blackhawk..............48 years
Ruger Super Blackhawk (5")........40 years
Colt New Frontier .45 Colt 7 1/2"..36 years
S&W Mod. 586 4"......................35 years.
Those top three Rugers account for over 17,000 rounds fired in each gun. And my most fired gun is not among my oldest!
And, I'm sure you're bound to ask, what is my newest?
Its a 5 1/2" barreled Colt New Frontier .44 Special, bought last May, not quite a year old with me.
Last edited by BobWright; 02-08-2020 at 12:51 PM.
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Ithaca M 37...…………...50 years
Colt Series 70 .45..... 48 years
"I like Colts and will die that way"
Daisy .22 air rifle: Xmas 1967 = 52 years.
Sears (Winchester) .22 bolt rifle: Xmas 1968.
Great thread Bob!
Love the idea of seeing the true geezers among us feature their long held (and loved) guns. A rewarding show-and-tell opportunity.
Am also gratified to learn that I'm not as geezerl-y as some here!
Some oldies that I've had since my "youth."
Benjamin Model 347 .177 owned since 1970. This one is the second Benjamin owned. I wore out the first one by the late 1960s. This one still does more actual "home defense" duties than any other gun on hand, controlling raiding varmints of all kinds.
First two center fire rifles owned since fall of 1975, a Krag Jorgensen in .30-40 and a Smith Corona '03A3 in .30-06. Paid $200 for the pair from a pawn shop. I distinctly recall the Krag was tagged at $115 and want to say the '03A3 was tagged at $90. Clerk knocked off a dab as an inducement to purchase both. Took my first two deer weeks later with the '03A3. Within a few years also took deer and a blackbuck antelope with the Krag.
First handgun purchased in December of 1975. Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel .38 Special that has proven to be "tougher" than that brand of revolvers that are "built-like-a-tank." Yet heavily depended on to this day. Was $75 used from an armored motor guard at a time when the new ones listed for $78 so I took a skinnin'. What else could an 18-year-old do who wanted a side arm?
First sporting rifle purchased used in 1976-1977, a Savage 99 .300 Savage. I think I recall that it was $150.
Eldest son was 6 months old deer season of 1982 at a time when the Savage was a "deer killin' daddy."
First Colt, purchased on my 21st birthday in 1978. Was a clunk when I got it from a pawn shop for $140 and I've used it and abused it ever since. Semi-retired now.
First Colt revolver, a Model 1901 .38 Long Colt purchased in 1979. $65 comes to mind as purchase price.
The long-snouted ones, all purchased brand new during January and February of 1980 when the Hunt Bros. drove up the price of silver. Models 14, 17, and 29. Can't believe I've had them 40 years now. The Model 14 cost $209 and is still near new with perhaps 1500 rounds fired through it. The Model 17 cost $259 and has seen more ammunition fired through it than any other firearm on the place. The Model 29 purchased for the "Dirty Harry" scalper price of $484 has had a large quantity of rounds fired through it since back in hunter pistol silhouette competition days.
A replacement for the first .22 rifle, a Winchester Model 190 I bought new in 1971 for $36.00. I wore that first rifle smooth out, replaced the trigger assembly and wore out the second trigger assembly as well. A gun show purchase of a few years back just for sentimentality's sake. I don't really view the Model 190 as one of Winchester's better designs. Seen with the Model 17.
An ancient scanned photo of "campaign firing" at our old lake cabin on the lake with the original Winchester Model 190. I was perhaps 18 in the photo, the recently purchased Smith & Wesson Model 10 on my belt.
I got over-enthused posting here. So, sue me.
Hope others will post in this thread too.
Last edited by bmcgilvray; 02-08-2020 at 04:22 PM.
My first gun (rifle actually) was a Remington Nylon 66 that I received as a Christmas present in 1962 and still own! That makes it 57 years in my possession if I did the math correctly! My second oldest is a Ruger 22 convertible that I bought used in 1972 for the princely sum of $65! I think it was made in 1964 or 65. Looks like I don't have a picture of the Nylon 66!
Last edited by area51guy; 02-09-2020 at 05:07 AM.
Me and my first rifle circa 1967. A Stevens 66-B 22LR.
The same rifle today.
Last edited by BillKilgore; 02-08-2020 at 05:36 PM.
I don't have a picture but I've got an 1898 SA Colt that was a 38/40 when I bought it & it turned into a .44 spcl 2 wks later & that was 64 yrs ago,I won the Calf state fast draw wax championship w/it in 1960,1st prize was another 7 1/2 colt .44 spcl w/a low profile hammer & I still have it too.
Not counting those older family guns that were "mine" since my birth, the first new gun ever presented to me was my Marlin 39A Mountie. It is at 67 years and counting. A Ruger Single Six followed shortly thereafter, to make me a "Cowboy Set" to dry fire from behind the couch at the television while watching westerns in the early 1950s. (I quickly learned that the sharp notch in the Marlin firing pin was the stress point for easy breakage. Some time later, the Ruger hammer spur broke off from constant "fast draw" dry firing. I wrote Ruger and Ruger sent me a new hammer free to install myself!)