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Posted: 9/17/2004 9:08:34 PM EST
It was the summer of 98 at the local outdoor range. There was an old man there with a Colt 7.62x39 AR. He let me fire a few rounds and I was hooked. I remember that funky spong sound of the recoil spring and thought man this is awsome. It was a great day.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:09:46 PM EST
SP1, spring 2001, in the north woods of Wisconsin.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:14:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2004 9:14:56 PM EST by twonami]
last month, be gentle, I'm a virgin well not anymore. I've been lusting after a AR since the 80's
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:16:12 PM EST
In 1988 when I was in Junior High. 8th grade. I bought my first AR-15 a Colt Sporter H-BAR. I still have it to this day. Paid $550 for it back then.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:28:39 PM EST
Back in 1976 out in a gravel pit. I remember at the time they were "neat". Bought one about a year later.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:02:25 PM EST
2004
jan
at a friend's back yard
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:09:20 PM EST
My first time was Dec. 2003 when I bought my own first AR. (a bushy Varminter)

It was funny, my father was big on his Mii-14 when he used to Varmint hunt. You think I would have shot that before buying an AR. But I never did. Come to think of it, I don't think I had ever shot a semi-auto .223 before my AR...

Now, of course, I'm hooked and already craving something smaller to go along with the tack driver, probably a home build m4gery.

Gundraw

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:21:31 PM EST
actually, i'd been lusting for an ar for quite some time. had 3 safe queens, 2 of which i'd never fired, one of them being a .308 spanish mauser, one of the detonate on trigger pull rifles... good trigger but never had the nuts to put real ammo in it and shoulder the weapon at the range.

by virtue of swapping off a .30-30 winchester lever action, a pretty but sticky operating model 12 winchester 12 gauge and the mauser, along with some other hardware, i was able to get myself into a rock river 16" jobbie for 350. what a deal. never looked back, except to buy an acog.

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:24:23 PM EST
1972 - age 11. Bought my first one in `78 (SP1), and have always had at least one since.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:29:43 PM EST
Fired an AR for the first time in August 2003. Got my first AR in March 2004.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 10:36:19 PM EST
Parris Island S.C. Nov. 1982.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 11:11:48 PM EST
Fort Jackson S.C. 1973, but it was a M16.
Dave
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 11:12:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2004 11:14:08 PM EST by chrome1]
It was 1972 . It was an M16 that belonged to my friends brother who had just come back from Viet Nam . I have no idea where he got it , and at 12 years old it never entered my mind . All I can remember is how cool it was compared to the wooden stocked weapons that I had handled before

I also remember that all we had to do was walk a few hundred yards to the end of the road we lived on and set up stuff to blast at in the empty lot ........... and no one complained or even batted an eye .

Compare that to today , where one of the fun stores I frequent is in a shopping center and
when you buy a new weapon you have to pull around the back of the store and pull right up to the door so the ultra liberal soccer moms at the fitness center next door don't call 911 at the sight of any weapon ........
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 11:55:19 PM EST
Have yet to shoot one. I don't need to shoot one though, I'm already hooked!

Age 17 and in the process of building one as I speak.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 11:56:44 PM EST
Camp Perry 1977.

Juniors program.

Goofy thing just felt right but sounded AWFULL at the time.
Mind was focused on older vendor chick 80% that year, but then Puberty is hell!!!


Got to know the thing in real time later.
Camp Pendleton 86'. Plt. 1115 USMC WTBN.
Little Phillipino Gunny Sgt. brought some focus to the issue.

S-28
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 12:22:19 AM EST
In my minds eye I can still see it. Would have been the late 70's or early 80's. Pretty sure it was a Colt AR-15, SP-1 maybe? I dunno, not up on Colts' model designations. Had the triangle handguards and the short scope mounted on the carry handle. It belonged to mom's husband at the time, now ex for over 18 yrs. He let me shoot it when the chance arose. I would have been around 10 at the time. Funny now, it was drilled into my head to never handle a firearm without an adult around, but I finger f#@$%d it every chance I got, along with the Python he kept in the bedside drawer. Oh the ass whipin I would have received if they had only known! I will remember that when my daughter is older, keep em locked in the safe.
I have had a facination with them ever since! Although the M4 in my safe is a tad different than that Colt!
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 12:29:04 AM EST
Edison Range, 1978. My M-16 was labeled Colt AR-15 btw.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:16:47 AM EST

1972 - Uncle Sam gave me one with a happy switch
currently have 3 "neutered" ( semi ) ARs - someday I hope
to have the real deal
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 2:45:48 AM EST
November 1975 in Camp Pendleton during Field Medical Service school (M16).
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 2:54:39 AM EST
June 1984, Ft. McClellan AL. in the form of a M16A1, made by "General Motors Hydromatic". I hope to aquire a AR in the same cosmetic configuation someday, since I probably won't ever be able to afford a real M16A1.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:12:11 AM EST
Ft Benning, GA, in June of 1985! of course it was an m16-A1 made by GM Hydramatic....
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:33:38 AM EST
5 minutes after I bought my first one in late '99 (it was also the first one I had ever seen)

At the time it was a bushy pre-ban for $1300.... it is still my favorite!
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:36:32 AM EST
Sept. 2004 at Black Rifle Day...only two weeks till I purchase my ownhooked
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:36:40 AM EST
I first shot a semi-auto AR in 1982 (I was 12) but I first fired a M16 in 1975 (I was 5). My dad is retired USMC so I've had the pleasure of firing A LOT OF STUFF especially when he worked at Firepower Div. Quantico MCCDC.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:43:44 AM EST
I bought and shot my first AR in 1992 when the winds of turmiol started brewing in the elected offices and the word "ban" was being tossed aroung. I had never shot one before then. It was a Colt Competition HBAR flat top. No lug, but did have the flash suppressor. I still have it, and have added a few more to the collection. I decided that if I was going to own one, that might be the time. Paid $619 for it.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:46:08 AM EST
July 2003 near Bismark NorDak. I was considering one but hadn't fired one. My pal out in the prairie let me use his. Hooked. The deal was, I was going to buy an AR & he was going to buy a .22 Hornet. I bought a DPMS Super Bull in December 2003 then a couple months later build my own A2 with the help of this board. As it stands now, I am 2.5 AR's ahead of my pal who hasn't got a Hornet yet Next build in December.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:53:19 AM EST
Cape May,NJ...... 1980......... boot camp and it was an M16
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:18:05 AM EST
1999 IIRC. Was a friends Oly CAR.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:43:41 AM EST
1984. I was 14, my friends and I were walking along the riverbank in the woods near my house and we met the "crazy neighbor" in cammo with his Colt AR-15. He let us shoot it. It was fun.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:54:47 AM EST
Ft Leonard Wood MO, summer of 1976, fired my first AR15 type rifle. I finally purchased my own, a Bushmaster AR in the early 1990's, have a total of three now.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:57:41 AM EST
Shortly after buying my SP1 in '79.

Too bad I sold it a few yrs later.

That was the first and last time I did that shit. Never sell, ever.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:58:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2004 5:00:17 AM EST by gmtmaster]
Early 80's.. Neighbor got an SP1 at a local gun show ( Bellvue High School) Not kidding about the high school BTW.. Try doing that now!! Anyway, I remember I was really dissapointed because it didnt sound like the ones on the SWAT tv show..

Been treated multiple times for the disease.. Still weak and unable to resist
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 5:32:16 AM EST
Mid 70's.
Had never fired one or seen one until I bought it for about $325. It wasn't really very accurate and I hated the peep sights, it jammed, and I got rid of it.
I've owned quite a few Evil black rifles in the intervening years, and finally realized their accuracy potential with a SA G3 clone.
Now I'm back in the AR15 camp with a Colt 6731. It also jams with some mags, but not with the 10 round that came with it. The 20 and 30 rd capacity mags seem to catch on stuff, and counter to the trend, I like the 10 rd mags.
Now, each to his own, but I don't really see anything on the horizon, that will be available to civilians, and in a reasonable price range, that is a better platform than the AR.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 5:38:43 AM EST
Early to mid 70s. Fired ARs belonging to friends but never considered buying one as I was into sporting guns. Spent most on shotguns. Anyway fast forward to 2000 now I have 4.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 5:49:28 AM EST
Had to be back in the mid-80's sometime. A buddy of mine bought one at Smitty's in AZ.(kind of an early version of Wal-Mart, one stop shopping,LOL) it was a Colt A2, we took it out in the desert and shot up a bunch of ammo in that gun. John Troyer, if you're out there, shoot me an e-mail, those were some good times buddy.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 6:00:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2004 6:01:47 AM EST by JimmyThompson]
January of 1999. As a kid I even had the "M-16" BB-gun made by I think crossman. I was a death machine with that lil' weapon. Years later in 1999 I saw a gun at the time called a "Pre-Ban" made by PAC WEST ARMS I walked out of the gunshop with it for $950.00. Not too bad for 99' prices. Since then I've acquired 6 other ARs'.......only 494 more to go. (smirks)
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 7:39:19 AM EST
Three days ago! I'm a defensive hangun type w/ 1911, SIG P229 & P232, reloading and shooting the .45 mostly.

Been wanting to try an AR for a while....(anytime someone says I shouldn't have something, makes me REALLY want to have it).

So, OK, now I appear to be in the early stages of a new variant of the same disease that caused me to buy 4 guns and a whole reloading setup in 6 months.

Is there any treatment?

Is there any hope for a recovery outside of Kerry, Ted & Diane?
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:20:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By smsdba:
Three days ago! I'm a defensive hangun type w/ 1911, SIG P229 & P232, reloading and shooting the .45 mostly.

Been wanting to try an AR for a while....(anytime someone says I shouldn't have something, makes me REALLY want to have it).

So, OK, now I appear to be in the early stages of a new variant of the same disease that caused me to buy 4 guns and a whole reloading setup in 6 months.

Is there any treatment?

Is there any hope for a recovery outside of Kerry, Ted & Diane?



It is, sadly, a terminal illness.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:22:17 AM EST
1993 on Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, CA. M16A2 Service Rifle
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:32:35 AM EST
1987- Edson Range. It was labeled M16-A2.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:32:53 AM EST
The FIRST AR i ever shot was a Class 3 M-16. I started out with the guys 20" SP1 upper, and ripped thru a few mags, and then he put on his Ceiner 22 conversion, 10.5" upper, and I TORE thru a few 30rd mags...........

and then, my friend...... it BEGAN.


S
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:35:24 AM EST
dreamed about owning an ar15 (sp1 collapsible) since 1978 at age 9, and the july 81 issue of guns and ammo was my inspiration til i finally got one in march or april of 1986. then the hammer came down: mclure volkmer act 1986, patrick purdy and the california assault rifle ban 1989, awb 94 (rip). seems to be the story about my life: by the time i can afford to buy em, the govt is trying to take them away.....never got that sig 550
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:41:57 AM EST
Always wanted one, so one day I found this site, ordered a stripped lower and built my own..


It was pretty scary shooting it the first time, didnt know if it was going to Bam!! or BOOOMMMM!!!
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:47:59 AM EST
November 1993 Paris Island S.C. plt 1122 But it was an M-16 A2.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:52:03 AM EST
M16 in July 1969 in boot camp. A slick side w/3-prong flash suppressor. Long term memory is good, short term questionable!
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:53:08 AM EST
I may have shot an AR-15 back in 1984-85. I had some gunnuts for friends in college. I shot some stuff, but it has been too long to remember for certain. My husband built an AR-15 in 1997, that i shot.

I shot an M-16 in basic training in 1983.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:56:33 AM EST
The same time I got bitten by untold numbers of sand fleas......summer of '74.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 8:59:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By omar:
The same time I got bitten by untold numbers of sand fleas......summer of '74.



Parris Island, SC ?
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 9:09:46 AM EST
Introduced to the AR by a Lawyer friend of the family in the early 80's. Was a Older SP-1 and I fell in love. Got my first around 1986, a AR-15 A2. I'm up to 10 total now and have been building rifles for friends for several years. 6 this week alone. The friend who introduced me to the AR is a Circuit Court Judge now and I wonder if he still has his SP-1.

Danny
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 9:16:45 AM EST

Parris Island, SC ?


Yes.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 9:26:04 AM EST
After I bought mine in May of 2000.
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