What was the first .22 you actually owned?

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  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    My first .22 calibre given me by my Dad about seventy years ago is a Winchester Model 67 with open sights and a 30" barrel. It is a fine shooter and I still use it occasionally.
  2. FTK87

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    mine was a ruger 10/22, when I was 15, Not my first gun, but my first .22 I ended up including it and a couple others on a trade for an AR and never looked back.
  3. donhudd

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    Remington Model 510 single shot. Got it for my 8th birthday. Still have it 65 years later..
  4. wiesjon

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    My first was a Stevens Favorite in 1954 (when I was 6). My Dad paid 6$ for it. We still have it. My second was a Christmas present from my Uncle. It was a JC Higgens from sears (14.95). It probably shot a thousand jack rabbits. It was very hard for me to afford the price of 22 shells at that time as shorts were 50 cents and long rifles 69 cents. That JC Higgens was one of the most accurate 22's I ever had and it only had iron sights. I've had a very very accurate Remington 541S (great shooter, but looked cheaply made with the plastic magazine and butt plate. I traded it and 200$ for the best quality and accurate 22 I have ever shot - a Model 82 Kimber- in 1982.
  5. Gunnutz13

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    Marlin Model 80C...shoots short, long, and long rifle. Circa 1960

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  6. Revolver-time

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    A model 49 Ithaca. It was a single shot lever operated. You could shoot shorts, longs, or long rifles. It was a Christmas gift from my dad when I was 10.
  7. ampaterry

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    JC Higgins from Sears.
    Bolt action single shot that handled short, long, long rifle.

    You opened the bolt, inserted a round, closed the bolt, then manually cocked it by pulling back on a knob at the back of the bolt before you could fire it.

    I bought it new in 1955 when I was 12 with money I earned peddling sassafrass roots and sweet corn on my bicycle.

    Within two years, I owned a surplus Jap army rifle and a new H&R 929 .22 revolver, both of which I bought without adult intervention.

    Now, at 66 years old, I fill out a ton of paperwork, fingerprints, background check, etc. to buy a .22 rifle, and am escorted off the store property with the purchase by an armed guard.

    I long for the good old days -
  8. single6

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    My Dad gave me the same rifle when I was 10 years old...for Christmas.
    That was in 1955 or so....I still have it and have put thousands
    of rounds through it.

    Dad figured that if I had a single-shot, I'd be more likely to get a first round
    hit than with a semi...He was right.

    Guess I'll pass it on to my Grandson.:)
  9. bobkk

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    Bought a new Rem 51? with a 5 round magazine.
    Think it was about $17 new. Next new one was a
    Rem 550 for $27. Wish I had them now. Had
    some used ones between those two.
  10. w_houle

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    The first .22 I bought was a Jennings. I hated that thing. If it fired more than two in a row, it was doing something so I sold it.
    I then proceeded to learn about guns and why that first Jennings I owned malfunctioned like it did. Glad I bought another:D
  11. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay New Member

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    My first 22LR was a Harrington and Richardson 676 revolver with a 7 1/2" barrel and interchangable 22LR/22Mag cylinders. The worst action and trigger pull I ever had but it taught me to appreciate nicer handguns.
  12. Willy McCoy

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    Used Remington 514 with about a 24" barrel that I bought from an uncle for $5 when I was 7. Mama had a fit, but I got to keep it. I didn't get to shoot it on my own for a few years though.

    My folks didn't believe in kids having BB guns saying that we'd pick up bad habits with them. We all started out with a 22 instead.
  13. edorfox

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    My first .22 that I purchased back in 1974...still have it today along with a .22 Mag cylinder I picked up later. Unfortunately, back then I didn't understand the importance of BOXES!!! :)
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  14. Old Grump

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    Savage bolt action single shot bought in 1964 at a Coast to Coast Hardware store for $28. I bought a bubba'd Enfield jungle carbine 303 for $18 at the same time, the 22 was a better deal and I still have it. I got rid of the 303 as soon as I found a sucker to take it.

    I learned to shoot with that gun and I have lost track of how many I have trained with it.
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    My first gun was a single shot .410, my first rifle was a .50 CVA side-lock muzzleloader, and my first pistol (and .22) was a S&W 422.
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    Thanks for the link ftk for us Okie's, I just signed up on there as well. I am in OKC and always looking for a place to go, as well as people to hunt and fish with. :)
  17. Tbird_65

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    The first 22 I owned was a Remington single shot set up in a military fashion. My Dad shot 3rd over then entire European Theater in 1959/60 and is distinguished. He gave me the gun at my 16th birthday. He later gave me a double barreled 12 ga stevens 511 for my 18th birthday. Only thing was I could not shoot either often. They remained with me for years until I traded each for something else-better. Dad and I still shoot 22's. He can still put 5 under a dime. He is now 75 this year. We both shoot rather well, however as age is always the factor; iron sights are rough at 100 yards. Yes we shoot 100 yards 22 at steel targets to ..."ding" for fun. Scopes make it rather fun. Iron sights are a little more tricky! The best 22 I have is a Springfield 4-digit military trainer, retrofitted out of a 30-06.

    Anyone know much about Springfield trainers? This one has a shorter barrel than what the books tell you are norm. All the lettering is where it belongs. The length of the barrel is about 1" or 1-1/4" shorter. It was an M2 retrofit with a hollow ball locking bolt. The bolt is etched with the 4-diget serial number of the 22. I traced it back to Springfield, and they did verify it is a trainer. Beyond that, I have not much of an idea?
  18. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    The first one I owned is the Marlin 795. Neat li'l gun but has a couple issues that, I think, are ironed out, though the mags might still be a problem.
  19. critterdoc

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    New to forum and am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to revisit some of the best times of my life.

    First any-gun for me was a Mossy mod 152, very early 50's, on working dairy farm in north Louisiana. Life was sweet with that best of all possession.

    So much so that no farmer in the entire area ever needed to bury a dead cow, which in my objective view was obviously world class buzzard bait. I'd haul 'em back on a flatbed trailer and place them logistically in heavily wooded areas on our property whereupon I endeavored mightily, year after year, to nail a buzzard in a fair fight. Might have tagged those suckers now and then but never saw one fall. To this very day I am convinced that it was the ever watchful sentinel buzzard, the one which perched high in a nearby tree keeping a wary eye for stealthily approaching punk-ass little kid armed with plink-power, who defeated me time after time when he gave the bug-out alarm to his feathered friends down in the bushes. The Mossy 152 was largely responsible for my treasured childhood call sign, Buzzard Bait, which has stuck to me even in this advancing stage of medicare eligible maturity. :D :D :D :D

    Buzzard Bait (a/k/a Doc)

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  20. Danwin22

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    When my grandfather died in the early fifties I ended up with a single shot bolt action "Simmons" .22 rifle made in Germany.

    It was a small rifle with slim and trim lines.

    The extractor didn't work but you could dig the shell out with a pocket knife.

    It was a neat little gun but too much trouble to go through for each shot.

    I tried to get parts for it by couldn't find any or anyone who knew what it was. I eventually traded it off for something else.
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