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What gun type did you first learn to shoot?

edited October 2015 in Gun Control Debates Posts: 6
I grew up using guns for hunting, so naturally I first learned to shoot using rifles (of a few different calibers). When I started pursuing law enforcement, I joined an all women's gun club, called the "Garden Club"-haha. I really enjoy shooting handguns, they are a lot of fun for target shooting and to me would be better utilized as protection than a rifle. 

What gun did you first learn to shoot on? And if it was when you were a child, would you have rather learned on a different type of gun?


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    I learned on my dad's single shot 22 and then moved up to a 16ga. pump shot gun.I now own about 20 different guns and enjoy shooting them all.I am also a hunter and find it quite rewarding,and love target shooting.
  • My dad never told me what kind of gun it was.  I remember more of what he taught me about guns in general than what type of gun I learned to shoot first.  I remember the kickback, though.  He forgot to warn me about that.  I fell down but didn't get hurt.  We had a good laugh after he realized I was okay.
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    I got knocked down on my first attempt with the 16ga. also just part of the learning I guess and quick way to respect them.We laughed too when it was all over,I taught mine the same way it gives them that lasting memory and he learned respect that day to and that is some thing that will stay with you forever.I think alot of the anti's did not have that growing up and maybe made them feel the way they do about guns and think they are only for killing people.
  • I think so, too.  Most of them probably have had bad experiences with guns.  Or no experience at all-just what they see in the news. 
  • I first learned how to shoot a beebee gun. My dad felt that was the safest route to teach me on. Actually no, I take that back. The first gun I learned how to shoot was the gun for Duck Hunt on Nintendo. LOL. Then we moved to a beebee gun. Then a shot gun I think.
  • The first gun I shot was my boyfriends smith and Wesson 40. I remember being so nervous because it was my first time shooting a gun. I remember all the videos of guns that were really strong. After I pulled the trigger for the first I was in love and knew it was something I really wanted to learn about and peruse. 
  • I think the first gun I fired was a .22 LR semiautomatic rifle at a shooting gallery, IIRC, it was a Marlin 60, it had a tubular magazine and the guy had preloaded copper tubes to rapidly dump 10 rounds and load the magazine tube, I was pretty young then maybe 9 or 10 years old, I also remember some older boys had been following me around the Carnival calling me queer and other stuff, they tried that ince when I was standing there with the rifle pointed downrange, the oldest boy called me a faggot, and I looked him straight in the eye, he looked at the rifle in my hands and almost passed out staggering in fear, turned tail and ran away.
    It was then I fully realized that guns are indeed the great equalizer.
  • I haven't hold or tested a gun yet before and I haven't been on a gun shooting range either. But for me, If I would learn to shoot, the type of a gun that I would pick is the handgun or pistols like I"m pretty sure that these gun will save my life someday and also It can comes up on a different size, like you can carry it on your bag or on your pocket as well.
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    I only touch is a toy gun for playing but if i touch or i saw the original gun im scared because many kills people because of gun and gun use to bully people gun is have a positive and negative effect but in a totaly its a bad effect because many people die even good people because of not proper use of gun thats why i scared when im saw the gun
  • My dad was in the military. And I used to go to their camp site when I was in the middle school. His co-soldiers usually letting me hold their unloaded riffle. And I feel in love with it. That's is why I own an M14 today.
  • The first gun type I have learn to shoot is a 45 caliber pistol. My girlfriend's father is a policeman and he teaches me how to use a gun. He has a 45 caliber pistol. I thought it's just easy, but still there is a lot of things you should learn when firing a gun.
  • I first learned using an air gun. It is somewhat funny but it is true. I was at the age of 22 when I first learned how to shoot. In our place, having a gun is a big deal. That is why I did not attempt of using the real one like what others have.
  • Colt 45 Pellet gun. Such a nice fake gun. Almost looks real. And definitely can hurt you when you get shoot. I wish guns are like this. I can hurt but cannot kill.
  • Posts: 47
    I learned with my dad's 30-30
  • I was 10years old and my grandfather
    gave me a single shot air rifle, by 12 I
    was using a real .22 cal. rifle which is good for short/long .22 bullets.
    By 15, I was using a 16 shot Magnum 22 long barrel pistol, a 25 cal and several 38 calibers including a snub
    and a super. At 17 I bought my first
    HnK mp5 retractable and a Sig 9mm.
    I haven't killed a person yet though but
    I have defended myself and my family
    countless number of times.
  • We live in the country side where people enjoy going on a hunting trip. My father was actually the first person to teach me how to fire a gun which was his hunting rifle. His rifle is Savage Trophy Hunter XP. 308 Win. Bolt-Action. It took me a while to master how to use this gun because I was really scared of firing a shot back then. I think I was just 16 years old back then but my father was determined to get me master how to use the hunting gun before he would let me anywhere near his compact fire arm. He also have a 9mm which he later taught me how to use for safety purposes.
  • When I was in the 7th Grade, we were allowed to attend shooting classes at the local rifle range, which was sponsored partially by the NRA, and the classes were taught by local veterans who cared enough about the next generation to teach us how to use a weapon.
    My folks had hunting rifles, but I was taught from an early age to never touch any of them. The rifle we learned from at the rifle range classes was a .22 single-shot with a peep sight.
    After I became proficient with this rifle, my grandfather gave me one of his older .22 single-shot rifles as a birthday gift, and I had it for many years afterwards.
    I did use it for hunting small game; but I really hated to kill a living creature, so I just kept in safely in my bedroom closet in case of an emergency, to protect myself and my kids.
    I think that it is great for anyone to learn how to use a weapon, provided that they are instructed by someone who is properly trained and is a good teacher.
  • I first learned to shoot with a .22 caliber rifle.  This was in Army Cadets at the age of 15.  I shot competitively throughout my teens.  As an adult I have had a few chances to shoot handguns and larger caliber rifles.  I still enjoy it when I can but do not feel the need to own a gun. 
  • The beretta 9mm pistol hand gun. Which are used by the american navy and police as a service gun. But my dad owned one even though he dont serve for the country. He have beretta because he bought it legally. The barrel of beretta is long compare to colt. It is also solid metal for a long lasting usage.
  • I was 50 years old when I was given my first gun (rifle).  It was a wedding present from my father in law. A Remington Model 700 in 30-06. Before that I had very little experience with guns.
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