First handgun

Gene LGene L Senior MemberPosts: 9,516 Senior Member
Since we're into firsts, what was your first handgun?  Mine was a Browning 1910, I believe in .32.  I traded it for a 1940 Ford in 1976,  Second one was a Smith Model 36.  I can't remember what happened to it, but I do remember I shot a pine knot in a tree with a 148 gr. roundnose and the bullet ricocheted and hit the guy standing next to me.  On the leg.  Didn't break the skin, though.  Third was a High Standard HD military.

I was never into handguns much until later.  I still don't have a love affair with them.
Not too many problems you can't fix
With a 1911 and a 30-06
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,295 Senior Member
    Ruger "Standard Model"

    Dan Wesson 715 357 mag 4"
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,261 Senior Member
    Mine was a Ruger Blackhawk three screw 357 with a (6" barrel?) maybe 6.5". I should have kept it. Believe it or not I viewed it as obsolete when I sold it. Foolishness of youth.

    My second one was a model 19 S&W with a six inch tube. Still have it. I'd never shot a double action swing cylinder and it took me awhile before I figured out how to eject the spent cases. Never had I even fired a handgun until I was in my twenties. 
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,255 Senior Member
    Norinco 1911A1 in .45ACP
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,249 Senior Member
    Mine was a stainless Ruger security six 357 mag. It was my dads first service revolver from his first LEO job in Wyoming. It is currently down in the safe right now. It will be my nephews someday. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,468 Senior Member
    Smith 617
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,698 Senior Member
    Ruger SS6 .22 with magnum cyl. Still have it!!
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,609 Senior Member
    Traded an '84 Bronco with a blown motor for a Ruger P90 and some cash.
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,369 Senior Member
    Smith 4506.  I ordered it on my 21st birthday.  It was really accurate.
    I thought it was the greatest thing ever, until I shot a 1911 five years later.  
    It went down the road shortly thereafter.
  • hawk18hawk18 Senior Member Posts: 691 Senior Member
    All such nice specimens. Nothing to compare with my first. 

    A Falcon, eight shot .22LR, 6" bbl, with fake mother of pearl grips. For years I carried it in my tackle box because it doesn't have enough good steel in it to rust. It's clame to fame was that I once drew it from a cheesy shoulder holster and dispatched a snake through its head. I reholstered it and left my buddies to believe I was really that good. I still have it somewhere and no, it has never rusted. 

    EC.  I too have a stainless Security Six. ALong with a couple of other  Rugers, made in 1976. The year I got married. 

    Hawk
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,208 Senior Member
    Ruger Single Six bought it in 1958 SN 80xxx.

    JAY
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 682 Senior Member
    Browning Buckmark 5.5 Target
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,332 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #13
    Ruger Single Six
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,024 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #14
    My first hand gun was a Model 586 S&W, which is the blue and walnut version of the 686, only it was before the 686. Mine has an 8 3/8 " barrel with partridge sights. It's dead on accurate and I can shoot it about as well as any hand gun I've ever shot. But if I had it to do over it would be a 6 inch with red ramp front and white outline rear sight. I bought it in 1983 for about $300 NIB.
    It's heavy.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,516 Senior Member
    • "Patridge" sights. Nice revolver.  I'm a poor handgun shooter.  But I like revolvers.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,668 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #16
    One of the first 629 S&W 6 inch models in the early 80's. It was amazingly accurate, and I could hit soda cans with iron sights at 100 yards with little trouble After about 400 rounds, the top strap started flame-cutting and I had it fixed by the factory. I just never trusted it after that and sold it.

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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,727 Senior Member
    Mine was a Arminius .357 mag. With a 6" barrel. It wasn't much, but a PFC couldn't afford much bach then.  Traded it for a .303 British rifle
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 31,414 Senior Member
    A 20 ga single shot shotgun Savage/Stevens around 1973. 

    One of the first handguns I bought myself was an H&R .22/.22 Mag combo in the early 80s. It was SS double action, but loaded like a SA only with a gate. Good well made shooter and I put many thousands of .22s through it and quite a few magnums. I beleive I bought it at a Western Auto.

    Then I bought a Charter Arms .38 Off Duty or Undercover.............the rest is history..... 

    Wish I had never sold either . I have another CA now, a tacklebox/toolbox .38 special Off Duty that has seen much better days.    
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,032 Senior Member
    I was 11 or 12 and went shooting with some teens that were at least over 16 because they could drive.
    They had a single action .22 lr; I just had to have one and back then a kid could buy .22 ammo for 50
    cents or less a box.

    Grandpa decided he could get his friends .32 S&W long Iver Johnson revolver cheap, so he did
    and I still have it; though I once traded it to my Mom for a .357 Highway Patrolman.

    Anyway, the .32 S&W long kept me out of trouble at that young age because at 6 to 8 cents a rnd I could not afford to shoot it much.
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  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    HI Folks!!!  Been away for awhile good to be back. the very first hand gun I bought was an over and under derringer .
    .38 special. I was 18 years old in 1974 and I gave 35.00 dollars for it.  
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 1,979 Senior Member
    Remington .45 ACP traded it up for a colt 1911 within a year. That was back around 1967.
    Still like the 45s but hate chasing brass so stick with my Python 357
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,873 Senior Member
    The first handgun I ever shot was a High Standard Supermatic... Dad's truck gun....
    First handgun I ever bought was a Remington Rand 1911....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,616 Senior Member
    Ruger MK 1 I bought back in the late 1970s. Still have it, and shoot it quite a bit.
    If you count black powder pistols, then the Italian 1851 Colt Navy .36 cal. pistol would be first. Bought it around 1968ish, and still have it. It's a fun shooter!
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  • beanfieldbeanfield Member Posts: 86 Member
    First pistol I owned was a pimped up looking Llama 1911 clone.  Similar to the one pictured.  I traded it off for a 1917 Eddystone.


  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,261 Senior Member
    HI Folks!!!  Been away for awhile dgood to be back. the very first hand gun I bought was an over and under derringer .
    .38 special. I was 18 years old in 1974 and I gave 35.00 dollars for it.  
    Hey Robert!
    You just like double barrel guns, that's all.😄
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,873 Senior Member
    beanfield said:
    First pistol I owned was a pimped up looking Llama 1911 clone.  Similar to the one pictured.  I traded it off for a 1917 Eddystone.


    Best deal you ever made..
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,255 Senior Member
    Springfield Armory 1911.....45 ACP

    Bought 3 years ago.  I have purchased 4 handguns since and love shooting steel!
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,024 Senior Member
    HI Folks!!!  Been away for awhile good to be back. the very first hand gun I bought was an over and under derringer .
    .38 special. I was 18 years old in 1974 and I gave 35.00 dollars for it.  
    Whre the hell you been Robert? I thought Aliens abducted you, you went away so fast!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Red HorseRed Horse Member Posts: 93 Member
    First pistol I owned was a Ruger Mk1 with the 4" barrel.  Got it for Christmas of my 21st yr.  First pistol I ever bought was a S&W Model 28 w/ 4" barrel.  I still have the Ruger.  Gave the Mod 28 to #1 son a few years ago.
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,264 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #30
    Beretta Jetfire .25acp.  I was very young, just out of school and I needed something small/easy to conceal to carry at work and on the streetcar to/from work in New Orleans.  That little **** felt real good in my pocket when I was riding the street car at night coming home from a late day at work downtown.  Even better when I was standing on a street corner waiting for the damn thing to show up.

    Second was a fixed sight Dan Wesson .357 4".  t that time I owned exactly 4 guns and I thought I had most bases covered...  :D
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,053 Senior Member
    First handgun I ever purchased was a .44 cal cap & ball revolver before I was old enough to purchase a real gun :p
    Actually carried it on multiple backpacking trip into the Montana wilderness figuring it was better than a sharp stick.
    First centerfire handgun was a Ruger Blackhawk .357mag my wife gave me as a wedding present. And I of course still have and treasure it to this day.

    Sako
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