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win1885
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USA
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Posted - 03/05/2017 :  07:20:44 AM  Show Profile Send win1885 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was 10 years old in 1950. My Dad, an officer in the USMC, was CO of Marine Barracks on Guam. He was invited to participate in a feral hog hunt and took me along. Several other officers were in attendance. All armed with M1 Carbines. We had a local guide but either he wasn't very good or the hogs went on vacation. We saw none. We did see the mud markings on several trees where they had rubbed. I remember them being almost as tall as me. So I really
wasn't upset that we didn't see any. Later in the day interest in the hunt waned and the men started target shooting and I was offered a
turn. It was the first time I ever shot a real gun and it was an M1.
Tom I.

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NCcarbine
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USA
9 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2017 :  06:48:59 AM  Show Profile Send NCcarbine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great story. First rifle I fired was my grandfather's Model 30 JC Higgins .22. He took me when I was 8 or so to hunt frogs and said the .22 was a better tool than a frog gig, I just had to shoot parallel to shore, or I'd blast the frogs into the pond!
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jimb16
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USA
3111 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2017 :  5:35:53 PM  Show Profile Send jimb16 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first shooting was with a single shot 20 ga. with a full choke. Hit the rabbit with the first shot. Hooked for life! BTW, I still have that old Eastern arms 20....

OGCA Lifer,NRA Life member, son of a 325th GIR Glider Rider
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lemaymiami
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40 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2018 :  06:56:27 AM  Show Profile Send lemaymiami a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first shot was a long time ago at age 12 (or thereabouts, 1960 or '61) when my family paid a visit to relatives out in the country (north Alabama)... It was a bolt action 12ga and the target was an empty oil can (remember those?) perched up on a fence. I got the can - but it made a lasting impression on my shoulder....

Many years later, long out of the service, and a working cop for about five years I had reason to remember that first time as I went back to learning everything I could about shotguns -this time for fighting purposes.. I'd used a shotgun earlier that year to stop a man -taking him down with a single shot but realized that I was very unprepared that day - so it was back to school for me. I learned everything I could about how to use one properly - and it was in my hands from that point onwards -whenever a call was even possibly involving weapons... That knowledge served me well for the rest of my career. Fortunately I never fired another shot on the street - and I'm long out of police work. Some things just stick with you, though.
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LarryG
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Posted - 04/18/2018 :  09:22:23 AM  Show Profile Send LarryG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
lemaymiami, thanks for your service in both uniforms.
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boomer656
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USA
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Posted - 04/20/2018 :  07:23:31 AM  Show Profile Send boomer656 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It was in '60 or '61 that I had my first shot, using my oldest brothers pump action 22. Plinking tin cans and bottles against a bank 'up on the mountain'. I've been hooked ever since, shooting more in some periods of my life than others. Interestingly, I actually shot less while in the service than I did before or after.

Much of what I'm doing now (target shooting with a variety of guns) is for the benefit of my grandkids, to give them the same exposure and opportunity as I had.

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