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You guys going to have to really pull one out to beat me on this one. My dad fixed TVs & Radios on the side. He bought tubes every other Sat up in Wheeling, WVa. He got some kind of points like Top Value stamps on tube purchases. He was saving up points to get my mother a set of Melmac Dishes which were a big deal at the time. In the premium book there were some toys. One was a Stallion Cap gun that loaded like a real SA. I started pestering the OM over that cap gun. He said when ma got her dishes he would get me the gun. Well ma got her dishes and shortly thereafter OM came home with the cap gun. I was the cock of the walk with that dude. I got on my tricycle and went down the street to show off my pistol to a buddy. His Dad was a preacher and tighter than the bark on a pignut. My buddy starts putting the bite on his dad to take him uptown to the 5&10 and buy him a cap gun. Preacher says I got something better than that and took us down the basement. He pulls down one of those cardboard cans that Mothers Oats came in and pulled out a top break S&W 38. Put wood splinters in cylinder and cut them of flush with his pocket knife. Hands his boy the gun to click to his harts content. Preacher went about his business and 10 minutes later I had the S&W and buddy had my new cap gun. I took off for home and my OM and my uncle were on the porch. OM says show your uncle your new shooten iron. I had to cough up the S&W. The OM was somewhat pissed at me and we went back to preachers house.
It ended up my buddy was happy with my cap gun, his tight arse OM didn't care so we went home with the S&W 38.
My OM kept the S&W and I got jack. I was 5 at the time and that 38 was the OMs nightstand gun for years.
 

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Can't top that! Hunted and shot with hand me downs till I bought my 53 SC for 100.00 lot of money in 1981! Have the Marlinitis since,throw bolt actions and others into the mix always go back to the lever guns!
 

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Thats a great story and I cant beat it. I do have a gun deal to add however. I once bought an 870 for ten pounds. No ordinary 870, it had a folding stock, one of those over the top ones that said 'Law enforcement use only' down the side and about a 12" barrel. Thing was I was part of a group with a special licence at the time. No regular person could have a shorty like that, so no one could bid on it. I stuck a ten quid bid in and won. I decided as it was cheap as chips I used it as a 'cool' paperweight. Turned out it was ex US presidential protection detail and a guy offered me £500.00 for it. Which I took. I am not sure I should reveal the end of the story. Lets just say, some more turned up.
 

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Now that is funny. What could go wrong there?
My first purchase was an Italian .45 muzzle loader. A real piece of crap. I could have had an original shooter for the same money back in the day.
Traded it off on a .22 K-Hornet Savage 23. I got tired of extracting cases with the head broke off so I traded it for a Browning T22 left hand which I still have.
I heard of a guy that played with an old original muzzle loader. His old man bought him caps for it. Years later he wanted to shoot it but it was plugged up. When he had the breech plug pulled it was loaded.
 

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I was 17 at the time and one of my dads biker buddies had a burnt set of points on his hog and was stuck in a little town on the California coast, on a Sunday... It just happened to be a town I was living in. My dad called me and asked if I could load his bike in my pickup and haul him home...

I got to him and his bike, pulled out my wallet, and produced my handy dandy flexible emery board. Polished the points, gaped them with a matchbook, and sent him on his way...

He and my dad showed up at my place later that night and he handed me my first ever Marlin. A 1975 336C in 30-30... Said thanks and left...
 

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These are awesome stories. My first gun and I was about 14. Me and My little brother decided to hoe weeds out of about 160 acres of sugar beats. We wanted to pool our money to buy a used Savage 99 for sale at a Coast to Coast in our little town. Well we didn't have enough money and my dad seen how hard we worked. He didn't have the money either so he gave me an old sporterized 1917 Enfield that was butt ugly but it shot very well. My little brother got the Winchester 94 32 Special we started hunting with. Dad always did like my little brother better:burnout:,
I used that 30/06 for 5 years before I bought a Savage 110E in 243.
 

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First gun I ever bought was a 1978 S&W model 19-4.I was 16 at the time.It was the summer of 1978.My girlfriend’s older brother got it for me at the Kmart on Frontage rd in East Haven,CT.It was around $200,I think.
Anyway,I paid cash for the gun.And I paid the clown who bought it for me with a $10 bag of weed.
It was a great revolver . But it was confiscated when I used it for self defense against someone trying to rob my fathers liquor store .
Long story which I don’t want to get into . I did post about it in detail once.
But my dad kept the gun when they released it . He had the gun for years .But after he died I never found it I don’t know what happened to it. Probably my cousin.Things of value seem to gravitate his way.
Now that it’s in my mind I may ask my cousin . He probably has it . And if he does I can buy it back . That dude will sell anything if you are willing to pay cash.Or sometimes trade.Got my uncle’s 1964 mint Mountie from him.Had to do free work.
 

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I bought a half stock at a church rummage sale. It had been painted sGeveral times to be used in church Thanksgivivg pagent. Some of the church ladies said they remember it when they were kids, we are talkin 20s and 30s at the time I bought it. Spent several weeks getting it apart. Taking my time separating wood from metal. Had barrel in vise about ready to put torch to breech plug and
it sounded dull. I took a ramrod and found there was something in the barrel. Could have been anything but it was loaded. We got it to fire after a couple duds of priming and fuse. We caught ball and patch in some 2x12 scrap. It didn't have much power. Patch was some kind of animal skin. Taught me a lesson never assume a gun is empty.

The rifle turned out to be a Roth. He had a shop only 15miles from here. He is a documented smith that built guns in Monroe cnty, Ohio.
His guns were mostly plain Jane hunting rifles. This one was about .32. There is another one in town than is a 28. The biggest Roth I've seen is .40 cal. Some accounts put him in Bingham, Ohio which was a old post office that no longer exists. His family still lives on same farm.
 

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My first deal was a 1971 Rem 572 22LR/L/S pump gun I bought in 1977...got it for $59 if I remember correctly. Second deal was brand new paid full price for a Savage 99C in 308Win in 1978 for $239.

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When I was a kid I rode my bicycle delivering papers throughout the neighborhood. I saved my money and at the tender age of fifteen, accompanied by my dad, I purchased a used Stevens Springfield single shot bolt action .22. It cost $16 and no paperwork required. I was nineteen when I made my next purchase, a centerfire rifle. My best friend and I went to the local J.C.Penney's and we each bought a Winchester model 94. They were on sale for $79
 

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Washed dishes all summer at the Holiday Inn. 15 years old. Bought a Madsen bolt 30/06 danish rifle. Didn't like it, the extractor was funky, the action was inspired by Carcano, looked cool, muzzle brake, hooded front sight, peep sight in front of the receiver. Drove a 13' Boston Whaler from Riviera Beach down to the south end of West Palm Beach (about 10 miles) to a collector's home and traded it for a mint 1895 Chilean Mauser long barrel 7mm. Got rid of it soon as well.

Ahh, the ignorance of youth. Tuition in the school of life! Though one is currently being auctioned off at Rock Island starting at $800!

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I bought a Winchester 73 in 38-40 from my neighbor when I was about 16 years old for 30 dollars. I had to borrow the money from my Dad. It was in 95% condirtion, looked new but when i was examing it at my kitchen table thee was a knock on the door and it was my neighbors wife who was crying and explained to me that he had promised the gun to his boy. I handed he the gun and she handed me the 30 dollars back. Almost made a good deal and didn't even know what I had.
 

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My very first gun I had to earn, the hard way!
I was 10 and Grandpa and Dad took me to the rifle range on my birthday. At the time all they had were big bore single shots and a couple of muzzle loaders. When I say big bore Dad's 45-70 Remington Rolling block was the smallest. So they are shooting and I'm watching and learning and all excited every time they shot to see that huge puff of black powder smoke. After a short bit Dad turns and says ok son it's your turn!
He grabs this to me this huge muzzle loader, a 50 Cal Remington, made in 1840's. Loaded it up with 75grs of 2F and a patched round ball. Puts it on the rest and has me take a seat. Well they had to put a few things on the bench seat so I could sit high enough. He had a hand drawn picture of how to sight it, and says if I can even hit the target at all I'd get a surprise. target was 50 yds and just a decent size bullseye target. So I lean in and he helps me steady up and lets me have it all alone. I remember looking down the barrel and hold this huge rifle. I sight in and slowly squeeze that trigger and when it goes off it precedes to knock me clean off the stool, but I hit the target and actually got it in the 8 ring! It the trigger guard and hammer bruised and cut my had a bit and I had a very nice shinner, but not sure what hit my eye plus a nice black and blue shoulder.
What did I get? A very nice Remington model 6 falling block in 22 lr. I had that single shot 22 for 30 years before I finally sold to a collector, but now I have that muzzle loader that nearly broke me in half!
 

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My first rifle (gift from Dad) was a Remington Model 6 take-down falling block 22 in the late 50s.
It was my ground squirrel gun, but only if I went alone.
Dad said, "One boy is one boy, two boys is half a boy, and three is none at all."

My first actual purchase was a Remington 870 in the early 80s.
Still have it. The Model 6 was stolen in a burglary.
 

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there are some great stories here, the first gun I bought myself I went into an ol country store that was owned by a friend of my daddy's. he would take things in on pawn. he had a remington 550-1 22 rifle on the wall that was just like my daddy's. I said how much? he said 100 bucks. I told him I had 75.00 he said it had to be 100.00 I said oh well thanks and went to walk out the door. about half way to the door he said bring me that 75.00 bucks over here. I was to young to take it home, you had to be 18 I said I would send my daddy to pick it up when he came back from fishing. when daddy rolled up he had the gun with him! and a box of bullets. he stopped at the store on the way home. daddy died in 1996, now my 22 and his he bought in 1957 sits side by side in my closet. every now and then I take his out and shoot it. i remember how he said he paid 2 dollars a week at another little country store he got it from till it was paid off. man time goes by,,,,,,,,,,,
 

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My dad did same with me. I had a Marlin 1897 but wasn't allowed to take it alone. Had a Stevens Maynard Jr that he allowed me to take on hill behind the house. Only me. Dad said if other kids got involved he would shut me off.
 
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