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Posted: 9/28/2004 8:20:14 AM EST
Lately I've been thinking about this hobby of mine and wondered just how long I have been interested in guns. Since childhood, I have been shooting, reading about, discussing, and handling guns. I would stare at my GI JOE's guns long before I could own a real one myself. This occurred even without outside influences from family and friends.

I have seen that some on the boards here didn't become interested in guns until later in life. I can't understand how anyone could have waited that long!

So who here was BORN a gun enthusiast?

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:28:53 AM EST
I started shooting at 4 , got a mini 14 at 8 , 10/22 at 10 , AR-15 at 11 , and so on..........
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:29:32 AM EST
Started shooting at five with my Dad. At four I knew I wanted to be a soldier.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:35:02 AM EST
I started shooting around 5, but was hanging out with my parents at the range as long as I can remember. Was cleaning my fathers M-16 when I was 7 (would bring it home at lunch and make me clean it) along with his 45. I would sit in a deer stand with a thermos of coffee while my parents were hunting long before I could hold up a rifle.

I honestly don't believe that anyone is born a shooter, but the proper parents can definitely influence you before you would even be able to realize (or remember) what that influence was.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:35:56 AM EST
I was born "into" the 2nd ID as a dependant.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:36:49 AM EST
Born and raised...
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:39:09 AM EST
I think my love of history lead me down the path of gun ownership. That and my own, natural parinoia.LOL
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:40:04 AM EST

ive always had a fascination with them...

dont know where it came from...
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:41:29 AM EST
I didn't own a firearm until I was 21 years old.

Late bloomer.
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Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:44:15 AM EST
Grew up in a boarding house. No guns or alcohol allowed. Didn't fire a gun until basic training and that was an M-14. Came back from scenic Indo China but owned no guns until I got my first .357 revolver in 1977. Then I was hooked.

Recently sold all my guns because they're dangerous. I did it for the children.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:45:09 AM EST
Nobody's BORN that way... but at a very early age, my dad ensured we knew how to shoot. First range time for me was probably 4 or 5 years old. I played with GI Joes etc., when I got older... I just always enjoyed it.

When I was born my dad put up a framed print of the "To ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth..." poem. I still have it- I will put it in my son's room should my wife and I be so fortunate as to have a child.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:46:34 AM EST
I first became interested in firearms at around 5. I would be playing with my friends next door and see dad come home from a morning of pheasant hunting, carrying his shotgun and a couple of birds.

It simply amazed me that that little red tube of paper with the brass on one end could kill something. After all it had such small little bb's.

I've been fascinated with ballitstics and firearms mechanics ever since.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:47:25 AM EST
No, I was made one by slick willie. It was pretty clear to me that if that POS didn't want me to have guns... then I had best start doing some shopping.
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Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:54:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 8:56:29 AM EST by nationwide]

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
I have a photograph of me taken at age 3 and I have two six-shooters in holsters on each hip.
Eric The(WellArmed)Hun


Here's one of me from when we were at Ft. Riley, KS

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:58:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 9:02:43 AM EST by thebeekeeper1]
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:59:08 AM EST
When I was little all I used to play with were Nerf guns with my friends(I suppose that didn't teach very good firearms safety hoot
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:09:28 AM EST
Late bloomer here too. I didn't fire any kind of real firearm until 18. Of course, that was only 2 years ago. I don't know why, I just decided to go get me a gun one day. Because of federal law handguns were out so I got a Browning 30-06. The collection is growing, added a .22 rifle and an AR15. Soon, a 1911 will be coming my way and some other stuff I haven't decided on yet. I never had any kind of parental influence for firearms, it just kind of appeared. MJD
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:16:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 9:17:44 AM EST by TxLewis]
I was always interested in guns. When I was 8, I got a bb gun. (MY family always had a .22 pistol or rifle, but never went to the range).

Like driving, when I wanted to learn about shooting, I went to the library. I learned what breath and trigger control was at 10, even though all I had was a bb gun. I also learned how to straighten out a curve in a car at 10. (Learned to parallel park on a riding mower at 12)

The driving thing seemed more ingrained to me than throwing a baseball, which is 2nd nature.

WHen I was in highschool, I used to shoot with a friend in his back yard.

I joined the army over the airforce so that I could shoot more in basic training.

After I got out of college, and had a job, then the addiction hit.

I blame arfcom for the addicition. My predeliction for guns was ingrained.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:18:24 AM EST
Born with it.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:19:55 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:32:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 9:32:49 AM EST by repub18]
im more of a mag enthusiast
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:33:52 AM EST

I have been shooting since I could hold a gun.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:34:33 AM EST
Haha, dam straight. I use to build my own guns. Tubing some gun powder from fireworks and boom. What a blast. I was a dam pyro as well.. All at the tender age of about 6 by 10 I had moved upto bigger shit and after about killing myself I said... Jesus christ olyarms your an idiot.. That day on I never looked back at my shoulder, that mother fucker always talked shit to me the commie bastard and then my other shoulder. He figured he was funny shit so they would play jokes on me.

Like turning me around as quick as the could, and throwing me off of high place. Those two bastards.

I was a lonely child
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:34:53 AM EST

I got in trouble in 3rd grade for drawing pictures of Uzis firing full auto.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:40:17 AM EST
Had I been able to shoot at a young age I probably would not be into it as much as I am now. But my parents would not let me have even a bb gun till much later in my youth, and my dad didn't give a crap about guns or shooting at all. So.... as soon as I was able to, I got into it and haven't looked back. Now my kids can shoot anything I have anytime they want, and I just about have to drag them with.....
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:43:03 AM EST
Born. Always been into firearms.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:44:00 AM EST
I can't recall the first time I held a gun let alone shot one. They have always been a part of my life.

Had my first handgun at age 12, a Star PS 45 acp. A 357 Taurus model 669 @ age 14, a Glock 23 @ age 15.... IIRC, I had a 410 shotgun by age 11 a 20 guage Mossberg and a Winchester 94/22 by age 12. These were my guns, I kept them in my room in the closet or under the bed. I carried them when I was out in the woods or visiting my family. Hell, I had a pistol when I went bike/motorcycle riding through my hometown as a teenager.

I still had to borrow dad's Colt SP1 or the Springfield M1A until I got my own Bushmaster...

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:44:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 9:44:54 AM EST by Kamikazi]
I wasn't raised on real guns, but ever since I can remember I loved guns. I would make them out sticks, legos, left over scrap wood in the garage and a few nails. Always loved cap guns, had a scorpion type one once that took the long strip caps, you could snap 30 together and have a semi auto belt fed cap gun. Loved war movies and westerns. Always loved guns pretty much.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 9:45:16 AM EST
I'm pretty sure I was born into it. Nobody else in my family is anywhere near the enthusiast I am. My earliest memory of being fascinated by guns was visiting my mother's uncle who had a gun cabinet full, and a couple hanging on a wall over his recliner, and a .45 easy to hand in the same spot. I loved that old guy and that house. I didn't really get into shooting until I turned 21, but I got a job as a security guard just so I could justify the purchase of a .357 Magnum.

I found out much later that some of my ancestors on my father's side were revolutionary-era gunsmiths. Kinda neat.

If I didn't need to make a living, I think I'd ditch my engineering job and become a gunsmith myself.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 10:17:16 AM EST
Definitely born a gun nut. My family was (and still largely is ) anti-gun. I was "always different." At about 10 years old, I bought a copy of that huge Gun Digest book of guns, and would read it for hours. I had to hide it like it was porn, but my mother still found it -- and wanted to know "what is your fascination with weapons???" Hmmph, good question, mom!

Now I have a safe full of the things, a wife who also loves to shoot, and -- thanks in part to you all -- my very first ARs! On the way are 2 brand new Bushies with all the evil features! http://mindscraps.com/s/contrib/owen/smoke.gif
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 10:21:13 AM EST

The first concious visual image I can remember was my fathers gun rack with several M1 garands and M1 carbines in it. I can seriously remember wondering what they were as I looked at them from my crib. I must have been like like 6-9 months old but I can still remember it like it was yesterday...
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:02:02 AM EST
Aside from some minor Boy Scout shooting and a hand full of times in the Navy, I never had a firearm and didn't put too much thought into it. Then I got a very large tax return courtesy of the Hope Credit, and bought myself a USP on a whim about three years ago. It was the start of a powerful and costly addiction, which has lead me to my current state of eating canned ravioli and saving my pennies for another 1911.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:29:07 AM EST
Guilty as charged.

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Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:33:24 AM EST
Yes. There are pictures of me as a kid dressed as a cowboy packing twin six-shooters(what American boy didn't?) I have pics of me as a kid holding my favorite toy gun, the Mattel Marauder.

And our house overflowed with guns when I was growing up. My Dad had a huge Colt collection that all fell into the Pacific Ocean.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:34:23 AM EST
Never shot a rifle or gun until the military. Fell in love with guns and rifles. I love my AR the most.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:35:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By illigb:
I didn't own a firearm until I was 21 years old.

Late bloomer.

+1. Always liked guns, played with toy guns growing up, but didn't ever own one or even shoot one till I bought my first when I turned 21. Been in love with them ever since
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:45:06 AM EST
I am 35 now and been around guns all my life. My Grandpa and Dad both said if i ever misused a gun they would break it over my head!!!!
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:52:45 AM EST
Yes. I've always loved guns and had a deep affinity for them.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:53:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By Knight_Shadow:
I am 35 now and been around guns all my life. My Grandpa and Dad both said if i ever misused a gun they would break it over my head!!!!

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 12:02:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By mtechgunman:

Originally Posted By Knight_Shadow:
I am 35 now and been around guns all my life. My Grandpa and Dad both said if i ever misused a gun they would break it over my head!!!!


nope no ouch, never misused a gun! there was never a doubt in my mind what would happen if i did.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:09:00 PM EST
No. I was born an aeroplane pilot, but gun nut is a close second.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:20:43 PM EST
Yep, born a gun nut.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:22:30 PM EST
Nope. Didn't own a firearm until I was 25.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:25:02 PM EST
I have a real problem loving guns as much as I do.

Is there a GA?
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:25:19 PM EST
I was born a pilot, but guns are a close second. I had a flight jacket when I was 5, and I had a subscription to Guns and Ammo when I was 9.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 1:29:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2004 1:30:19 PM EST by jhasz]

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
I have a photograph of me taken at age 3 and I have two six-shooters in holsters on each hip.

Eric The(WellArmed)Hun

Sure that's a photo and not a tintype?

When I was about 5 or 6 Dad would let me shoot the 22 Mauser training rifle he took off a (WWII) sniper (A kid he said)
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