What was the first .22 you actually owned?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by accident, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    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

    FTK87 New Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Chouteau, Oklahoma
    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

    donhudd New Member

    Jun 1, 2007
    Remington Model 510 single shot. Got it for my 8th birthday. Still have it 65 years later..
  4. wiesjon

    wiesjon New Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    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

    Gunnutz13 New Member

    Sep 7, 2004
    Marlin Model 80C...shoots short, long, and long rifle. Circa 1960

  6. Revolver-time

    Revolver-time New Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Savannah, Georgia
    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

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    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

    single6 New Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    NW Iowa

    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

    bobkk Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    E Tn.
    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

    w_houle New Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Lincolnville, KS
    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

    Nov 7, 2009
    Southwest Michigan
    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

    Willy McCoy New Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    West Tennessee
    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

    edorfox New Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    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!!! :)
  14. 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.
  15. bambihunter

    bambihunter New Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    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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