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 2.06%
  • 1-5

    19 2.45%
  • 6-10

    82 10.58%
  • 11-16

    135 17.42%
  • 17-21

    196 25.29%
  • 22-30

    157 20.26%
  • 31-40

    66 8.52%
  • 41-50

    38 4.90%
  • 51-60

    41 5.29%
  • 61-70

    22 2.84%
  • 71-100

    3 0.39%
  • What's a handgun?

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  1. #151
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    I was in forth grade when my Dad's old Air Force buddy, an Air Policeman as they called them back then, took me to the range to shoot his wife's little .22. We'd spent a week on safety basics first, then Dad's friend (Tech Sgt. Randall Keller) took me for the 'big moment'. The little pistol was a gold toned, ivory handled, .22 that resembled an S&W .38.

    Sweet shooting little gun, a great guy and a great time for a kid.

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    The first handgun I shot was a 9mm Beretta. That gun was smooth. Then my brother bought a Bersa Thunder. When I decided to own a firearm Glock was it for me. I did shoot rifles from the age of 12-13 though, being a member of the Cadet Corps. Shooting is fun.

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    first handgun

    My Dad (career Navy) first let me shoot his S&W .38 spl. Victory model 10 when I was 10. After turning 12 I was permitted to buy a .22 revolver from a bachelor neighbor. It was a top-break 8-shot Iver Johnson. My next pistol was a 1911A1 bought through the NRA. I still have those 3 and have added several more. In my experience it is so much easier to buy another handgun than it is to sell any!

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    Bought my first handgun at a garage sale in 1965,,,
    I was 13 years old and paid $5.00 for it.

    The gun was a ROHM .22 short only revolver,,,
    Epitome of the El Cheapo Saturday NIght Special.

    Aarond

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    I had a "guns kill people" upbringing. It wasn't until after I was out of the Marine Corps, had a little experience, and my husband persuaded me to not have such a closed mind, that I started to look seriously at guns.

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    I was interested the first time i got kicked out of my grandparents room with the warning not to ever touch the revolvers under his bed. then re-affirmed when my cousin got a ruger 22 pistol and i was jealous.

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    There are 176(26.07%) vote for 17-21 so far.

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    My father was a part time gun builder, along with a friend of his.....his friend blued the barrels, and did the technical work, my father made the stocks, foregrips, etc., and did all the hand checkering....alot of the gun building was for big game hunters....they loved personalized guns, fit to them......I started shooting 22's in the basement, with bullet traps, when I was about 7.....and started hunting at about 14, mostly bird....the hunting days are over, can't seem to kill an animal, I like them too much, but a human coming at me, different story...started shooting handgun at about 17.....

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    I was about ten and my dad had a S&W 32-20 revolver he would let us shoot a couple of times when he was practicing. Left home at 16 and never shot another handgun (only had rifles and shotguns) until2011. Bought my first a Kel-Tec P11 after shooting with a friend, and really liked his so I bought one.

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    My first gun was a Ruger Super red hawk.Stainless 71/2 barrel.It was fun to shoot when camping.That's about it.Should have bought something a little more practical.

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    Although I shot a few handguns through out my early years I didn't seriously get into handguns until I was 62.

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    I was a late bloomer and got my first hand gun at 36.

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    I became a cop in 1975 when I was 23. I had never, ever fired a gun before. I got hooked during my rookie training & bought a 4" S&W model 14 in 38 Special. Two years later I was a High Master in NRA - PPC police competitions. I won consistently and about 1984 I became a licensed gunsmith as a hobby. I built custom PPC revolvers and tuned competition pistols & revolvers. In 1994 I qualified along with a Toronto cop to represent Canada at the NRA World Police Shooting Championships (2 man team) in Jackson, Mississippi. I shot a custom gun that I built and, we WON! One of the happiest days of my life. I currently own 13 pistols/revolvers & I'm still a cop (36 yrs & counting). I took a break from competition but intend to try again at the World's in 2014... the 20th anniversary of my world championship win. Wish me luck!

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    @ Centech

    Congratulations

    That's a great story.


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    When I was three years old,,,

    And Mom bought me my first Roy Rogers double gun set.

    I've been a mad pistolero every since.

    Aarond

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    Just called my father and he told me I had a silver cap gun with a black western holster and wore it all the time at age three. When he told me this I started to remember it. I remember wearing it with a suit I had when we went to eat at a nice place. It lasted three year.

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    Age 4: Lone Ranger Silver Six-Shooter set

    Age 7: Johnnie 7 OMA (One Man Army) Gun

    Age 22: NYPD S&W Models 10 and 36

    34 years later, still an avid shooter of Bersas, Glocks, Colts, Sigs, Kimbers, Dan Wessons, Smiths, Berettas and Rugers.

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    I bought my first gun 3 months ago. I'm 47.

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    Had to qualify with a 1911 in the Army, (1969). That generated the interest. Before that, never had much use for handguns.

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    I became fascinated with handguns around the age of 12 to 13 years. Shot borrowed guns seldom - finally got a used Ithaca M1911A1 surplus pistol out of a pawn shop in downtown Portland, Oregon in the middle 1960s.

    There's still at least one Government Model in my collection.

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    When I got my first cap pistol!

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    I am in the 22 - 30 crowd. I bought my first handgun when I was 23, when I first got out of the Marines.

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    7 or 8...

    My dad had me shoot:

    Remington 22 (Maybe it was Winchester, don't recall)

    A 40 cal S&W
    A 45 cal revolver (nearly knocked me on my {}#!
    And a few others...probably a shotgun or two as well!

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    Long ago, around my 15... I've used my dad Steyr 9mm pistol.

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    My uncle had a 44 automag, I lusted after it, got to empty a mag out of it at the grand age of 9. Bought my first at 21 in the army, at jims gunshop in fayettville NC., I still have it a canadian inglis hi power, and 400 of the 1000 rounds of surplus 9mm I bought at the same time. The ammo is collectible from what I understand, british l7a1, and also extremely HOT.

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