What was the first .22 you actually owned?

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

  1. bambihunter

    bambihunter New Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    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. :)
  2. Tbird_65

    Tbird_65 New Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    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?

  3. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    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.
  4. critterdoc

    critterdoc New Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    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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  5. Danwin22

    Danwin22 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    longwood, Florida
    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.
  6. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    I was in my 20s when I spied a rifle at yard sale in the late 70s. It was a J.C. Higgins Model 42DL with a 4x and J.C. Higgins scope for $40. The man said it had been sitting in a closet since the early 1960s and had only seen 100 rounds or so. I snatched it up and it is still one of my favorites all these years later. It is actually a Marlin Model 80 and the scope is a Weaver with 14k gold trim. A beautiful little gun.
  7. runswithscissors

    runswithscissors New Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    My 1st 22 was my 1st gun...when I turned 12.
    My dad purchased for me from Scheels hardware, a new Savage M-24 .22lr / 20 ga ou. Still have it. That was 1978. Plugged a lot of Huns and gophers, 1 coyote & 1 badger with it.
    What an awesome morning to wake up and see that thing leaning in the corner of our kitchen!
  8. bamashooter

    bamashooter New Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    north alabama
    i bought my first one back in 1988. i had the option of either a ruger 10/22 or a mini. they wanted 134.00 for either one and i took the 10/22. i try not to think about that day to much cause it hurts too much.. thanks:mad:
  9. bigiron1

    bigiron1 New Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    New to TFF also...

    Marlin Papoose

    12 years old, all the Christmas presents open, and done with breakfast. Dad walked out to the driveway, and returned shortly with a box that was too short to be a rifle, too long for a handgun. Opened it up and it was COLD, to the point of condensing when brought into the warm house. At 16 I got to keep it in my room. I will never forget those two moments in my life.

    Still got to this day and hopefully will pass it to my only son when he is ready.
  10. GatorDude

    GatorDude New Member

    Jul 25, 2009
    The first .22 I ever actually owned is my Marlin Model 25N bolt-action rifle. It has a 7-round magazine and a barrel with microgroove rifling. I had a nice leather sling installed on it and it remains a great shooter. I still enjoy shooting it. :)

    You can read my review and see some pictures here:
    A Rifle Review: The Marlin 25N - A Classic .22 Rifle
  11. Mike_54729

    Mike_54729 New Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    western WI
    My first rifle was a Sears 25 auto (High Standard A1041) as a Christmas gift from my dad in 1963 (I was 12). Loaned it to a friend in 1968 and someone stole it. Always wanted to relace it, and last week I did, from a seller on GunsAmerica. This one is identical and in perfect condition. Found another at a local gun show, and now have 2. With 4 grandkids, I think I'll find a few more to pass on.
  12. Nalgi

    Nalgi New Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    West Coast
    Browning .22 auto

    Still have it and shoot it :D
  13. VinS

    VinS New Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Ranger 103 .22 Bolt action rifle
  14. tireman7.62x54r

    tireman7.62x54r Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    A Ruger 22 pistol, bought it in 1979 for about $125.
  15. Blizzard

    Blizzard New Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    My first .22 rifle was a Ruger 10/22 that my dad bought for me when I was about 13. He bought one at a yard sale that we put a lot of rounds through. I liked shooting his so much he bought me one so he could have his back. :)
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