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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Swampland, FLAPosts: 5,100 Senior Member
    Ruger Single Six 1957

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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Renton, WashingtonPosts: 2,598 Senior Member
    Ruger P94 in .40S&W.  Long since traded away.  I learned a lot about guns, shooting, and personal defense from that gun. 
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  • Lt.Lt. New Member Posts: 66 Member
    Ruger single six convertible in my early teens!
  • GilaGila Posts: 1,908 Senior Member
    S&W 686
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,772 Senior Member
    edited April 2020 #36
    Zee said:
    Gifted by my father when I was a young teen, a Ruger Single Six Convertible

    Still have that one. 

    First I ever bought myself was a Taurus PT92 Stainless.

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    Heritage Rough Rider with a .22 lr and Mag cylinders. (.22 lr shown) I love these simple single action .22's, tons of fun and a great way to introduce someone into the shooting world.
    The first handgun I ever bought for myself is a strange story. I never felt I needed one since we were allowed to take our duty weapons home with us. Once I got out of the military and LE completely, that's when I finally realized that I didn't have a dedicated HD handgun in the house (I had rifles and shotguns). Only then did I finally break down a buy a Smith and Wesson model 4506 like the one below.
    Carried both the M1911 and M92 in the military. I soured on the 92 real quick when cracks started showing up on the slides. We actually had to keep a log book of how many rounds we put through each and every 92. At 1000 rounds they had to be sent back to the armory for a thorough inspection and a determination of whether or not they had to have the slide replaced. Well, that sparked alot of confidence in me. Despite the slide problems being resolved years ago, I still despise that dang design. Variety of other reasons including unnecessarily bulky, fat grips and you could strip a slide off the thing with one hand if you knew how (Great for field maintenance but not so great in a struggle).
    Anyway, after that I bought a stainless Ruger SB with a 7.5" barrel in .44 Mag.
    But later, I ended up selling the Ruger and the Smith... I've regretted that decision ever since. 😡
    Oh well, live and learn. I've got other toys now.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Logansport Indiana, by way of Hohenwald Tennessee by way of Cocoa FloridaPosts: 1,720 Senior Member
    My first handgun was a Ruger Bearcat, $49.50 otd in 1964.  My first center fire was a Bauer,(sp?), .25 auto.  I gave it to my mother for personal protection. Glad she never had to use it.  My next was a S&W Model 15 Combat Master Piece,a much better choice.  I carried it on duty until I could afford a 6" Colt Trooper MK III, which I still have...…...robin 
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 620 Senior Member
    Spk said:


    The first handgun I ever bought for myself is a strange story... Only then did I finally break down a buy a Smith and Wesson model 4506 like the one below.
    But later, I ended up selling the Ruger and the Smith... I've regretted that decision ever since. 😡

    Just out curiosity, what is your regret about selling the 4506?  I ask because my first semi-auto handgun purchased was a 645, the predecessor to the 4506.  I still have the 645 but I have never been very fond of the DA/SA trigger on it - did the 4506 trigger have a very long take-up in SA?
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Western IdahoPosts: 2,460 Senior Member
    S&W 629 with 6 inch barrel. Would hit soda cans at 100 yards if I was paying attention. After about 400 rounds of mixed 44 special and 44 mag, it started cutting the topstrap. S&W called me after I wrote them a letter, they fixed it, but I just never trusted it after that. Should have kept it. 
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,772 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    Spk said:


    The first handgun I ever bought for myself is a strange story... Only then did I finally break down a buy a Smith and Wesson model 4506 like the one below.
    But later, I ended up selling the Ruger and the Smith... I've regretted that decision ever since. 😡

    Just out curiosity, what is your regret about selling the 4506?  I ask because my first semi-auto handgun purchased was a 645, the predecessor to the 4506.  I still have the 645 but I have never been very fond of the DA/SA trigger on it - did the 4506 trigger have a very long take-up in SA?
    It did have a long take up but it was reasonably smooth and something I found easy to get use to. It was also easy on recoil and very accurate, couple all that and that fact it was my first gun. I regret selling it (nostalgia). I don't know what I was thinking when I sold my Ruger BH but it found a good home with my BIL. 😡
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
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