You always remember your first

mdhunter

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So my dad called and said he would like to give me his only gun as he doesnt hunt anymore and knows I would use it. It is a nice Belgium Browning that I have always wanted so I was certainly excited.

I swing by his house and there are two guns waiting for me. The second one is a single shot 20 guage Stevens that was my first! I havent seen that gun in twenty five years. I thought for sure it was lost in a move years ago.

I was given that gun for Christmas when I was eight years old. I know, I know, a hammer cock shotgun and a kid may not be a great idea anymore but remember, kids were smarter back then. Anyhow, a pile of animals met their maker with that little shotgun. I have killed squirrels, rabbits, dove, ducks, and maybe a goose. My grandfather let me call the shots as he knew I only had one and I wanted it to count. I should confess that normally meant the ducks were inches off the water.

Anyone else remember their first?
 

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Nice post!
Glad ya got her back!
Wished I had gotten my gramps' old o/u 20 gauge Ithaca. Man he loved that gun and my
First weapon was a Winchester 1300 pump I believe - cut my teeth shooting quail , everything
Seems easy after shooting at those!
 
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I still keep my first rifle, a Marlin 880 bolt action .22lr, at our cabin. It has taken more than its share of squirrel, rabbit, coyotes, etc. It is a great shooter.
 

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Belgium Browning that was handed down, the old mans meat gun. Looks like an old oar with a pipe sticking out
 

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Remington 22 pump...wore it out...long gone. First new firearm a Belgium Auto-5 Light 12 1969....it'll wear me out.
 

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Post a pic sir....I love those old Belgiums!!!
>I traded my 1st gun in on my current shooter (since 1994) the good old 870 Wingmaster.
Still cant leave the house without it, swinging that with #2s on geese and big mallards oooo la la.
 

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My first hunting gun was a Bolt action Sears 20 gauge with a Poly choke but was never mine to have. My first gun is a old Marlin-Glenfield Model 60 which was a Christmas gift from my grandpa; I still have that gun but it is prone to jamming. The first gun my dad gave me is a Marlin Model 25N (again Christmas gift) which I still hunt with. I have purchased every gun since but those 2 will always remain in my safe.
 

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My first gun was the same 20 gauge single shot, 52 years old now. I think it's the perfect gun to start a kid with. I refinished the stock and passed it on to a great nephew several years ago with the understanding that it would always be passed on within the family. His father and grandpa never took him hunting so I took it back. I'm waiting for the right kid to come along to start hunting with it, family or not.
 
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the nikster

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I have my first shotgun as well. It is a Stevens single shot 20 ga. that the previous owner purchased at Montgomery Ward. He sold it to me for $7, I was 13 years old. Undoubtedly I have taken more game with it than any other firearm I have ever owned. And my daughter and my son have both used it successfully as well.
Great post. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
 

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Still have my first which my Dad bought for me just before dove season in 1954, an Iver Johnson Champion in 410 bore. That gun has accounted for a truckload of squirrels and rabbits, dove and quail and the occasional woodie, even one coon.
 

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Mine was a Monkey Wards single shot .410. They say to never give a kid a .410 but let me tell you it taught me how to shoot.
 

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here is a pic of mine when I was 15. started carrying it when I was 12. shot my first 2 deer with it when I was 13, 2 more at 14 and this one when I was 15. I got my rifle when I was 16. Mossberg 12 gauge bolt action


broke it out of the safe in 2013 and shot my first 2 turkeys with it





my son carried it for turkey season this year..passed it on down
 
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I've still got the Marlin .22 wmr that was my first and it's sill a tack driver.
 

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Mud ranger: That thing is a beast. Is that a poly choke on it? I was given a Remminton Model 11-A with one of those that was my grandfathers gun.
 

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Remington Auto 22lr. Great shooting rifle that my kids and I still use each spring to shoot ground squirrels. Several thousand rounds have gone through that gun and it still shoots well.
 

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