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Old 09-28-2011, 03:22 PM   #20626
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Hey, that's cool. Mostly I was just interested in hearing guns talk, about ones with good stories behind them, whether it be a chain of possession/pedigree, or how one was used, interesting anecdotes, that sort of thing. We seem to go on in this thread about technical specs or what shoots better or how much stuff costs, but I thought it would be interesting to "humanize" some of these tools a bit, show how they are sometimes historical artifacts in our personal lives.
Well, in that case I have a great story about a gun I no longer own!

I was looking for a Python for YEARS. I started again and was looking at Gunborker, and a few other places when a LOCAl buddy called and asked if I wanted to buy his 6in 1968 blued one. I went to look fearing he wanted way too much and found that to be wrong! He only wanted $500.00 and it was in good shape perfect mechanically. I bought it. I shot the hell out of it for a few months, then traded it for a DW Bobtail classic straight up! I shot the DW for about a year, then sold it to a inmate here. The guy I had traded the sixc inch python to (about six months after I traded him) emailed me in a panic saying he had just gotten it back from Colt where he ahd a new Royal Blue job done on it and had it perfectly timed and gone through by the Colt Custom shop. He had taken it to the range with his wife and she asked where he got the nice Python. When he told he he traded it for the DW Bobtail, she FREAKED because SHE had given him the DW as a Birthday present! He needed the Pythiong back but I had sold it to a local inmate. The inmate graciously traded the nice DW Bobtail back for the python. I ended up BUYING the Python from the inmate, and it got traded straight up for my 1977 R100RS! So I owned the Python, AND the DW Bobtail twice!
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:07 PM   #20627
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Well, in that case I have a great story about a gun I no longer own!

I was looking for a Python for YEARS. I started again and was looking at Gunborker, and a few other places when a LOCAl buddy called and asked if I wanted to buy his 6in 1968 blued one. I went to look fearing he wanted way too much and found that to be wrong! He only wanted $500.00 and it was in good shape perfect mechanically. I bought it. I shot the hell out of it for a few months, then traded it for a DW Bobtail classic straight up! I shot the DW for about a year, then sold it to a inmate here. The guy I had traded the sixc inch python to (about six months after I traded him) emailed me in a panic saying he had just gotten it back from Colt where he ahd a new Royal Blue job done on it and had it perfectly timed and gone through by the Colt Custom shop. He had taken it to the range with his wife and she asked where he got the nice Python. When he told he he traded it for the DW Bobtail, she FREAKED because SHE had given him the DW as a Birthday present! He needed the Pythiong back but I had sold it to a local inmate. The inmate graciously traded the nice DW Bobtail back for the python. I ended up BUYING the Python from the inmate, and it got traded straight up for my 1977 R100RS! So I owned the Python, AND the DW Bobtail twice!
Aside from the S&W 67, the only gun I ever owned twice was a 6" Python. This one was a SS version which I purchased new in the late '80s. I had a good friend who loved the gun, whereas I was fairly tepid about it. He traded me out of it, but later wanted to swap me out of another gun, so I ended up with the Python back. Then several months later he bought it from me for cash outright, but a year or so later passed it back to me in yet another trade. But, again, he couldn't imagine life without it so bought it from me yet again. I told him that last time that I never wanted to see that Python again, and never have!! I think that means I "owned" the gun three separate times....
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:07 PM   #20628
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Not legal in NY, 'cept on Long Island.
It may show as legal but they will arrest you for it anyway. Our DA is funny like that.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:13 PM   #20629
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #20630
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I (unfortunately) no longer have any of my "first" guns, neither my first shotgun, rifle, or revolver or 1911.
Wow. Now that I think about it, I do still have my first shotgun(single shot 20ga), rifle(marlin.22), and handgun(.22 revolver). Of all the guns that I sold after I inherited my dads gun collection, I kept all of them without even thinking of them this way. They had stayed with him long after I moved out and started buying guns of my own.
I also have my first "real" gun, a GP100 that my dad had to buy for me as I had to have one for the police academy, but I wasn't old enough to buy it myself.
I haven't had any of them to the range in a long time, probably 15+ years(). I may have to grab them next time I head out just for old times sake.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:38 PM   #20631
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I (unfortunately) no longer have any of my "first" guns
I was thinking about this yesterday. I said that I'd never sell or trade a gun, but it didn't work out that way. I'm minus a Combat Masterpiece, Detective Special, Huntsman, and Super Blackhawk. The only gun I don't miss is my first .22, a Winchester 190 semi-auto.

I bought it when I just turned 18. Mom didn't like guns, and made dad get rid of his. She did it because when she was a kid, she knew where her dad's gun were. In retrospect, I also knew where the guns were. I thought that I'd hidden the .22 from my folks, but dad later told me he knew I had it.

I'm left handed, and the damn thing spit a hot shell down my shirt every once in a while. I traded it for an Allen compound bow about the time my folks bought me my first shotgun.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #20632
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I guess my "first guns" are kind of up for debate. I'm not sure what the first gun I fired was... Might have been my dad's Rossi pump .22, or it could have been a 16 gauge single shot. I think my dad still has both of those... The gun I got my first turkey with was a H&R 20 gauge, I think he might have given that away by now. My 870 is one I can't sell, shot tons of trap with that in high school and also slayed at least half a dozen turkeys with it.

My dad gave me a 11-87 trap for my last year of high school. Never really got a grip on that gun, though recently I bought a standard stock to complement the Monte Carlo it came with. I'd really like to get out and shoot it, but it's harder to get to a shotgun range than the pistol range.

Already sold my first handgun. It was some S&W wonder nine that I got for $300. I hated it, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with. Made a *partial* trade on it for a 10/22, just to show how little they gave me for it I like the 10/22 a helluva lot better, FWIW.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:36 PM   #20633
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Wow. Now that I think about it, I do still have my first shotgun(single shot 20ga), rifle(marlin.22), and handgun(.22 revolver). Of all the guns that I sold after I inherited my dads gun collection, I kept all of them without even thinking of them this way. They had stayed with him long after I moved out and started buying guns of my own.
I also have my first "real" gun, a GP100 that my dad had to buy for me as I had to have one for the police academy, but I wasn't old enough to buy it myself.
I haven't had any of them to the range in a long time, probably 15+ years(). I may have to grab them next time I head out just for old times sake.
I still have my first shotgun, rifle, and pistol. Also my first pocket knife, a Case folding hunter with a 3-1/4 inch blade. I carried that to school every day in the 6th grade. Today a kid would get expelled for a year.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:35 PM   #20634
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I guess I was less interested in/curious about "first" guns so much as I was in guns which had some personal history, a story behind them. The S&W 38 Special that I wrote about wasn't my first gun although it was the first one I purchased personally. I had a .22 single-shot rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, and another S&W handgun beforehand, all given to me by my dad at different points in my youth. Each has a "story" to tell, and maybe I'll pass another one along here at some point. I just felt like doing a little essay on the 38. My point was that guns, or some guns, can and do become part of our personal stories or journeys through life, and that's what I was hoping to convey.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:46 PM   #20635
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Today a kid would get expelled for a year.
No shit. And, I took my first rifle to school.

My first was the little Winchester '02 in the pic. It was my Grandfathers, and Dad remembers him bringing it home sometime in the late thirties. Nono was the caretaker of an avocado ranch and I'm sure this thing dispatched it's fair share of ground squirrels and tree rats. Dad ended up with it sometime after WWII when the grandparents moved into town. He started me shooting with it at around 9-10 years old. We would always come home from plinking and I would watch as he cleaned it carefully. Brush, oil, pad, rag . One day when I was 12 we came home and I hurried to get the cleaning supplies.

Dad " You clean it, it's yours"
Me "HOLY SHIT, REALLY!?"
Dad "Watch your mouth Son or I'll take the rifle away"





Years of me shooting 22LR through it have taken its toll though. I seldom shoot it now, and only shorts or longs as it will blow in your face a little. Full eye protection is a must
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:54 PM   #20636
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Years of me shooting 22LR through it have taken it toll though. I seldom shoot it now, and only shorts or longs as it will blow in your face a little. Full eye protection is a must
Same thing happened to my first .22. It was a very cheap single-shot that dad bought at Montgomery Wards around 1930. He shot it a lot, and then cut the stock down and gave it to me when I was 8 years old. I shot it a lot more but by the time I was a teenager it was spitting gas and particles back in my face, I told dad about it, and he immediately took the gun and destroyed it, said it was worn out and dangerous. He was probably right, but I kinda wish I still had it to hang on the wall.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:04 PM   #20637
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. He was probably right, but I kinda wish I still had it to hang on the wall.
Yeah, retirement really is the right thing. Damn it though, that thing is a better shooter than the model 67 it's pictured with. I don't think there was ever a ground squirrel, soda can or beer bottle that survived that thing being pointed at it
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #20638
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My dad gave me a 11-87 trap for my last year of high school. Never really got a grip on that gun, though recently I bought a standard stock to complement the Monte Carlo it came with. I'd really like to get out and shoot it, but it's harder to get to a shotgun range than the pistol range.

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One of my shooting buddies has an 11-87, The first time I saw it, I wondered why he'd put some tactical bits on it,,, until I saw him shoot it. That thing cycles faster than any shotgun I've ever seen, including the Benellis that I shot at a public shoot a couple years ago. Pretty unbelievable.

For me, the landmark gun is my first handgun: a 6-inch nickel Python. Finest handgun that I've ever had, or handled for that matter. It was a sweet shooter, but I loved to just look at it and feel the lockup. I bought another one about 20 years later, but it wasn't the same.

To this day, Pythons are the pinnacle of gun porn, for me anyway.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:57 PM   #20639
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One of my shooting buddies has an 11-87, The first time I saw it, I wondered why he'd put some tactical bits on it,,, until I saw him shoot it. That thing cycles faster than any shotgun I've ever seen, including the Benellis that I shot at a public shoot a couple years ago. Pretty unbelievable.

For me, the landmark gun is my first handgun: a 6-inch nickel Python. Finest handgun that I've ever had, or handled for that matter. It was a sweet shooter, but I loved to just look at it and feel the lockup. I bought another one about 20 years later, but it wasn't the same.

To this day, Pythons are the pinnacle of gun porn, for me anyway.
My first handgun was similar, 6" Diamondback. Why that gun got away is beyond me. I shot crazy tiny groups with it, and I wasn't even very good back then.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:22 AM   #20640
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I'm jealous of all these great stories about your first guns.

My first was issued to me: An M16A1
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