View Poll Results: At what age did you first get into handguns?

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  • I was born with one in my hand.

    16 2.00%
  • 1-5

    19 2.38%
  • 6-10

    84 10.51%
  • 11-16

    141 17.65%
  • 17-21

    199 24.91%
  • 22-30

    160 20.03%
  • 31-40

    71 8.89%
  • 41-50

    38 4.76%
  • 51-60

    42 5.26%
  • 61-70

    26 3.25%
  • 71-100

    3 0.38%
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    Air rifle at 5 , 410 at 7 Iver Johnson model 1936 target pistol 22 LR at age 8 ( used it to kill hogs on the farm.) 22 rifle at 10

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    I shot my dads 12 guage when I was about 15.....Never shot anything after that untill about 3-4 months ago (I will be 41 in a few days)..that is when I bought my XD.45....Then I bought an XD SC .40 a month later...Last week I traded the .40 and bought an XD9...

    I am just learning...I shoot at least once a week ever since buying the .45

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    I can't remember the very first handgun I shot, it was either my uncle's .22 Bearcat or my friend's .22 Trapper model. After returning from Desert Strorm, our "group" felt very naked having had to give up our M-16s so we all promptly went out and bought several handguns. Mine was my first, a Navy Arms Uberti SA Army reproduction in .45LC. The only others I remember were two 10" Super Blackhawks, one was SS w/walnut grips and the other was blue w/ Pachmyers. We had a lot of fun then.

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    At 18 I got to shoot my first 1911 in Navy boot camp. Couldn't hit anything. At 20 got a .357 Dan Wesson, Couldn't hit anything. At 45 got a Beretta PX4 in 9mm. Hit everything without even tryin'. I've been into handguns for almost 30 years, but really got into it when I started hittin' stuff.

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    I was about 11 when I shot my uncles 22 revolver an old 9 shot top break H & R. I loved it and when I was 12 I borrowed my other uncles WWII Remington Rand .45 and once I shot that I was hooked forever. Read all Jeff Coopers stuff I could get ahold of at the time. The first pistol I was able to buy was a Ruger MKI 5 1/2 inch bull barrel target at 18. My next purchase was a Colt .45 Combat Commander when I was 21. Still hooked at 56 there's nothing more enjoyable to me than going to the range and shooting pistols. Or hunting small game with a 22 pistol.

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    I was 15 years old when I got into shooting. The first pistol I've fired was a Ruger 45 ACP, and every since then firearms he been a big part of my life. Just randomly thinkingI have never fired a 9mm pistol before, maybe I should go buy myself one.

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    21st birthday - it was a Sunday. I bought a handgun that first weekend!

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    Let's see here...
    Shot 1st rifle around 8....................single shot .22
    In between there and 12.................both a double and a pump 12 gauge (the pump's mine now) and a 300 Savage Model 99 (grandfather's that is now mine for deer)
    12...............................................N ew England Pardner 20 gauge single
    Somewhere around 16 or 17.............Dad bought a Ruger Mk II (so 1st handgun I shot) and he bought me a Rem Model 597 .22
    Turned 21, and within the week........XD40SC and my PA LTCF (CCW permit)
    Later this year (still 21)...................5" Walther P22, my UT CCW permit, and a Kel-Tec P3AT

    Lots of fun, and future plans include: within the year: 18" 12 gauge for home defense and a .22 supressor for the P22 (likely Gemtech)
    Within the next few years (the time frame depending on how a job goes and how this election goes as well): some AR variant, a full size pistol (likely full size XD or Sig 226 Tactical) and finally a larger eccentric rifle such as a Barrett .50....We'll see...That's a ways from now.

    It's been a fun ride already

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    Always had shotgun handy and/or rifle in the house,but realy got into handgun when my kids got older. No lets say I have a choice for every night of the week and than some.

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    I had my first handgun shooting experience when I was 9 years old. It was an.22 revolver and all I can recall is it had Hollywood on the barrel. It also was black and had white grips with black spots. (Looks like the gun in the start of Gunsmoke).
    My father let me shoot it and used my non-trigger hand to balance the gun around the cylinder and I received a slight powder burn. My Father ( God bless his soul) wasn’t watching me close enough and my Mother swore she would never let me shoot anymore.
    But needless to say by the time I was 12 I bought my first handgun at a local sporting goods shop here in East Tennessee. It was a Taurus 22 Mag revolver.
    Ahh the good ole days!!!

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    My Father got me a Crossman M1 Carbine BB gun when I was about 6 or 7.
    Spent a lot of time practicing with it in my friends TV Repair Shop. We used an old dresser drawer padded with carpet, cut a hole in the top & set a pendulum in it so we could practice hitting a moving target.

    When I was about 8 or 10 my Father took me fishing. He pulled out his trusty old S&W .38 & told me to shoot at the milk jug on the bank across the river.
    I would guess it was around 30-40 yards at most.
    I missed on the first shot by just a bit but I hit it on the second shot. I looked up at my Father & he just gave me a nod of approval & I handed the gun back to him.
    I didn't shoot another hand gun again till I was 16 but I had gone hunting & fired shotguns & rifles from the time I was 13.

    If I can ever find one for a good price I am going to pick up a S&W Model 27 .357 Magnum. That was my favorite gun to shoot of all the ones I have ever fired.

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    I grew up in New York City. I got interested in shooting while at summer camp; all .22 rifle stuff. When I suggested that I'd be interested in learning more about shooting while at home, my parents went into shock. Realize that my father was a WWII vet from the Independent Czech Armored Brigade under the British Army, was proficient with firearms, and hated them. My mother was a concentration camp survivor. They spent weeks describing the horrors of owning firearms (I'll tell you how my grandfather's WWI revolver saved my mother's life before WWII some other time) until I was just worn down.

    Fast forward to age 32. I'm married, in PA, have a young kid, and find out about black powder guns. Bought a rifle kit, finished the stock (hand rubbed linseed oil and everything), browned the barrel, and wanted to take a firearms safety course. All that was available nearby was an indoor pistol range. Went, was given a lesson by one of the range owners who put a S&W Model 19 in my hands, took me on the range, sent a target out to 7 yards, told me to load one, aim like he'd shown me, and fire. I hit the X. He told me to load another, aim and fire. Not an X but a 10. I then loaded 6 rounds. Nothing lower than a 9. I was utterly hooked. Never looked back. Ended up buying the used Model 19 6 months later (wasn't rented out much because everybody wanted to pot away with 9mm). 24 years later I still have that Model 19, still shoot it, and I keep it for home defense. I also have other handguns, shoot at ranges and occasional matches.

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    First shot a handgun when I was 12, went with my grandfather. I still remember that day, first handgun I shot was the Ruger Mark II. I remember taking it carefully in my hands and being scared s**tless, thinking it would go off like a cannon and bop me in the head from recoil, lol. Then I got a Ruger Mark III for christmas two years later and it just progressed from there.

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    14 yrs old in the Army Cadet Force at school, and it was a Browning 9mm.

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    5 years old, got knocked out by my dads .357 duty weapon been shootin ever since

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    When I was a kid we had only rifles and shotguns. I shot my first handgun when I went into the police academy in 1979 at age 20. It was a Model 19 S&W which was the standard issue for the department. I could not even buy ammo for it because i was not old enough, even though I was a cop. You were not allowed to carry .38 caliber rounds, only .357 magnum. Our chief was big on firepower, unfortunately nobody carried semi autos back then or i am sure it would have been .45's.

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    In my 16 years with the Navy and Naval Reserve, I shot about 6 rounds each year to show that I knew which end belonged pointed down range. No marks were given. At 62 yrs old, I shot my first handgun for pleasure - and fell in love with the sport. Five days later, I bought my first, a SIG P-6, at a gun show. Since then, I've purchased a Glock 26 & SIG Mosquito and traded them away for a Glock 36 and a Bersa Thunder 380. My wife has informed me that I will not be purchasing any more handguns this year. I'm waiting to see if she's correct. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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    Was 24. Bought and still have a S&W model 36, 38 spl. Paid $67.50 new

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    I was 12. I was running a trap line in Ohio (muskrat and occasional ermine (winter weasel). I already had a shotgun (20 Ga ) and a .22 rifle. My grandfather bought me an H&R 922 and a belt holster. It was easier to carry when trapping. Wore it all over the place, nobody ever said a word!

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    Bought my first handgun the day after my 27th birthday so for about 16 days now.

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