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Old 09-02-2014, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I was 5 or 6 when I first shot a 22. I was 10 when I shot a 30-30 and a 45 revolver. When I was 13 I got a 30-30 for Christmas. When I was 14 I got a 30-06 for Christmas. I bought my first 12 gauge shotgun when I was 15.
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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I was denied from handling a .22 rifle on hunting trips when I was 8. They said "you can work the flashlight, spotter!"

I was about 13 when I traded some comic books and dumpster-recovered Playboys (maybe I had to sweeten the deal with some video game cartridges) for a .177 caliber Daisy air pump rifle. I don't even remember how I carried it in and out of the house without my parents finding out!

I purchased my first 9mm pistol and firearm safety training classes when I was 20. I own some badasshieeet, and I don't recommend anyone under 16 firing a gun. It's called the B.A.T.F. because Alcohol, Tabbacky, and Firearms are adult items.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:57 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Dang I feel weird. Didn't touch or fire a gun until 54. Never had a need or desire.
Now I have a safe with several ar15's and ak47's and a few other toys. Making up for lost time?
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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I was 8 almost 9, I now even remember the exact date, July 4th at the 200 anniversary of the United States, so July 4th 1976, my father let me fire my grandfathers 10 gauge shotgun, into the air, but no one told be to hold it tight against my shoulder, so it about knocked me down, but that for done so I would not go snooping for the shotgun.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:52 AM
 
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My first time shooting a gun was a BB gun my dad gave me when I was I think 10. I killed quite a few pigeons and sparrows in the barns around the farm with it.

My first time shooting a real gun was an old .410 shotgun, then my dad's 12 gauge. I didn't shoot a handgun or rifle until I was an adult.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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In 1967 when I was 10 and the firearm was a 12-gauge shotgun, ended up with a bruised shoulder also, but I learned and I got used to the heavy recoil quickly.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:46 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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4-5 YEARS OLD
S&W 686 .357 MAGNUM.
Sitting in my Dad's lap with him helping hold it.
That is my first memory of firing a firearm (not pellet-rifle)
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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1954 - age 10 - with a cousin's Winchester Model 67 Boy's Rifle (.22 single shot) like this one:

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Last edited by ElkHunter; 09-04-2014 at 01:17 PM.. Reason: copyrighted photo
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I was 14 and I started shooting with a .50 muzzleloader.

In all fairness, it was a dumb idea to let a 9 year old girl shoot a full - auto Uzi without putting a hand on it, and it makes gun owners look stupid to argue that it was OK. If we gun owners want to keep our guns we should spend more time on safety and common sense... even if it cuts into our 2nd amendment banner waving time.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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BB gun at 8, .22 rifle at 10.
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