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Posted: 5/2/2015 8:41:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2015 8:45:45 PM EDT by pavlovwolf]
My first time was when I was about 4 years old with my dad.

My dad held it for me and I pulled the trigger.  That was the first time I shot a real gun. It was his old boyscout rifle, a Mossberg model 45A , made in1937. He gave it to me after his father died.  I still have the rifle, gave it to my son after my dad died. I hope he someday passes it down.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:45:21 PM EDT
Now with more poll.

So when did you shoot your first gunpowder powered gun?
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:47:16 PM EDT
Probably around 4 also.

With my neighbor - a young man my Dad helped get onto the force, who was something between a second Dad and a big brother to me for a lot of years.

It was a 22 derringer - and the very first shot from under the car port at the hunting trailer angered a nest of yellow jackets and we all took off running in different directions.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:51:34 PM EDT
IIRC my dad's JC Higgins 22 when I was 12.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:52:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By kallnojoy:
Probably around 4 also.

With my neighbor - a young man my Dad helped get onto the force, who was something between a second Dad and a big brother to me for a lot of years.

It was a 22 derringer - and the very first shot from under the car port at the hunting trailer angered a nest of yellow jackets and we all took off running in different directions.
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Lol, baptism by fire, or rather yellow jackets. Cool story though. I love to hear how people were introduced to things. Shooting , playing musical instruments, all sorts of things like that.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:53:02 PM EDT
With With my drill sergeant, when I was 18.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:53:13 PM EDT
Basic training at Fort Bliss in 1986.  I was 18.  My mom was very anti gun so I never got to shoot one growing up, although I found out later my dad had a bolt action .22 he kept in the garage she didn't know about.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:55:10 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Naamah:
With With my drill sergeant, when I was 18.
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I figured I'd see a lot more of this demographic. So many people fall into the category of shooting their first guns in the military.

Around here, not so much, it's so rural and normal, but I know that a lot of people come from cities and places or homes where it's just not something that they get introduced to.

Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:55:29 PM EDT
First I can remember was when I was 7 years old. AR180.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:01:22 PM EDT
Around 8 or so, some variety of bolt action single shot .22 at Scout camp.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:01:41 PM EDT
At 3, I would take a bb gun and go out with my dad when he went deer hunting.  At four/five I was shooting .22.  I killed my first four legged animal at age 9 with an sks at a game ranch.  It was a fun trip, just my dad and I.  Had my first AR at 11.  Pretty much my gun history in a nutshell.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:06:57 PM EDT
Dad and Grampa took me down to the creek and set up some tin cans. Gave me the rules. Told me how to use the sights.  Showed me how to operate a single shot bolt action .22.

I knocked those cans around and loved it!

I remember they were very proud of me.  
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:10:48 PM EDT
Age 12. My parents didn't own guns, but signed me up for a NRA Junior Marksmanship program at our local police range.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:14:50 PM EDT
I was about 12.  Friend's dad took me shooting with them.  We used to go to an old strip mine with a bunch of film canisters and throw them in a small pond.  We would them shoot just in front of them and see how high up they would go.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:22:20 PM EDT
Misleading thread title is misleading, I thought losing virginity without reading op and voted 16 , no 4 years old an old ruger 10-22
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:25:19 PM EDT
somewhat early in boyscourts - an afternoon of .22lr single shot rifles. it was fun. my gun was a marlin 981T .22lr with a tube magazine. I bought it the day after my 18th birthday.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:25:42 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:29:38 PM EDT
10 years old, NRA junior smallbore program.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:30:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:32:22 PM EDT
The earliest I remember is around 6 with my model 60. Still have it.

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Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:32:44 PM EDT
At around 4 with my dad at the farm when we were shooting at some prairie dogs with a .22 Browning lever action.  Shot the 30-30 at around 7 or 8 and my first shotgun at the same age.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 9:44:25 PM EDT
Not sure.  I was given a rifle when I was six, so before that.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:02:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2015 10:02:56 PM EDT by Toddrick]
Damnit, though sex poll, so I voted 11-15. Needless to say I was a little concerned about the 0-6yos et all. Turns out I should've voted 0-6.

OP is a damn trickster. Doesn't he know about all the tranny polls?
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:06:58 PM EDT
7 years old.  Bagged my first Grouse that day with a 4.10.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:18:56 PM EDT
In camp shooting .22LR. I would always end up there when I had down time. Was probably 9 yo.

Even helped clean some of the rifles.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:19:30 PM EDT
I'm gonna take a guess, and I may be wrong, but, for all you guys like me, say that learned by 1st grade or so, your first time shooting a gun was with a real gun. Anyone after ten was old enough to have been around friends with BB guns, so likely shot those first.

I did shoot a butt load of BBs and pellets, but my first time was a .22lr.

I want to say I was 8 or 9 maybe, but at that age we were going around the neighborhood and out to the woods or the pond with .22 rifles or shotguns unsupervised. There were about 10 of us boys and maybe 6 girls. The girls could shoot too. My sister was 4 years older and was a good shot. She was just as good as the boys.

One thing too, thinking about it, I believe every kid around here had a veteran for a father, some had both mothers and fathers that served, well, two of them anyway.

I was born in 67, and the age ranges were born from 64-69. The only kid I'm not sure about his father's service was from a divorced home. He and his mom had moved in from another city.

I guess that atmosphere fostered a lot of interest in guns and things like that.

Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:23:40 PM EDT
Scout camp. .22lr bolt action. 5 rounds into a paper target at 100 feet.

I closed the wrong eye so when I went to pick up my target there was only 1 hole in the paper (6 ring). I stood there wondering if I put all 5 rounds through the same hole when the scout in the next lane said aloud "hey, why are there 9 holes in my target?"

That was the last time for a long time....
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:25:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2015 10:27:05 PM EDT by Alien]
First tone I did it was on my twelfth or thirteenth birthday... with my uncle. He was in town and I wanted to go shooting. We went to a local range and he let me pick out the pistol. I chose a Beretta 92 FS because it looked the coolest in my child mind.

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Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:27:07 PM EDT
18, boot camp, 1984.

Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:28:15 PM EDT
I guess I was a bit older, probably 9-10; my great-uncle had a Ruger .22 (you know, the original one that made his name and reputation). We used to go out to the country in his '67 Chevy Biscayne to the family cemetery and shoot at squirrels in the massive oak trees in the woods surrounding.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:33:11 PM EDT
4, shooting my Grandfathers H&R 999 while standing between Dads arms.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:33:32 PM EDT
I was 9 years old and spending 2 weeks out of the summer at a boarding camp called Camp Hanes (1986)

I signed up for the rifle activity and shoot a 22LR bolt action petty well...I recall being one of the younger ones in that class.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:39:56 PM EDT
I guess I was about eight, and my Dad let me squeeze off some 12ga rounds from my Grandfather's double barrel Fox on our old farm in SC.  It was terrifying and exciting and left me with a really sore shoulder.  After that I was hooked, and shooting the old 12 at cans, and later dove, became something I so looked forward to when visiting the Grandparents at "the farm".
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:50:34 PM EDT
I have a somewhat dim recollection if my dad taking my brother and I out to shoot a gun as small children on property he owned near a canal.

I seem to recall the gun jammed when he fired it and he couldn't fix it or it wouldn't fire. In any case, I don't believe I had a chance to fire the gun. I can't remember very well. I may have been 6 or 7.

I shot and bought my first gun, a Glock 19, when I turned 25.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 11:00:21 PM EDT
Around 8 or 9 years old, when we moved out of the city and into the country.  
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 12:09:33 AM EDT
I seem to think I was about 8. Maybe 9 or 10 but not really any older.

It was dad's 12ga Remington 870 with a 30" barrel. I had a time trying to hold the gun level enough to shoot the dirt more than a few feet in front of us.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:25:03 AM EDT
I shot pellet/bb guns probably at around age 5 or 6 I think.

I believe I shot my first real gun around age 7 or 8.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:36:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/3/2015 1:37:48 AM EDT by MotorMouth]
Heh, I voted before I read the OP.

ETA:  I shot a gun ten years before what I voted in the poll.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:38:35 AM EDT
I was about 4 or 5-- with my father's help.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:31:37 AM EDT
Maybe around four.  .22 Short derringer that someone gave my father.  He held my hand.  I was around eight or nine when I actually got to shoot centerfire.  My father took me out to a friend's property, and we shot all sorts of stuff up to .308 and 12ga.  It was rad.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:35:35 AM EDT
14 or 15, in Las Vegas, FA Thompson
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 2:39:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/3/2015 2:41:08 AM EDT by NathanL]
8ish with the my dad and great grandfather. My great grandfather held up the barrels of a double barrel stevens 12 gauage shotgun and I pulled both triggers at once and landed on my ass. He laughed very hard and he died about two years later, never forget it. Good times. I have the gun now and that was almost 40 years ago. He bought it when he retired to squirrel hunt and he did so every day for almost 20 years. We just walked out the back door of the house there on 15 acres he had. I still own that as well now.

Link Posted: 5/3/2015 7:14:36 AM EDT
Some where close to 10, my dad's 12ga. My dad had to help hold the front end up and mom held my ears. Lol
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 7:47:43 AM EDT
I was around ten or so, Boy Scout camp.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 7:57:40 AM EDT
Bastard.  I should have guessed that I needed to read the poll question before voting when I saw the '61+' option

Link Posted: 5/3/2015 8:09:30 AM EDT
I started late......47.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 8:10:38 AM EDT
You got me.  Should have read the OP before voting.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 8:15:07 AM EDT
I honestly do not remember the first time or even what gun it would have been. Perhaps an uncle's 38 or dad's 22.

I do remember the first time I shot a 12 and 30-06. I think I was 11. No ear plugs. 12 was an 1148 that had a stock extension of wood, no butt pad. It hurt. 30-06 was a Browning auto.

Didn't realize until years later that the 1148 had a bulged barrel. I killed untold squirrels with that gun as a teenager.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:22:33 PM EDT
6. 12 gauge with my dad.
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