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I still remember it well... My family was visiting my Uncle Gail, in the Audry State Park aera, near Clarksberg, West Virgina. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were going to get to shoot some of my uncle's rifles. I had never shot a gun before, and this was a great moment for a 9 year old boy. It could be the final victory to prove to my Dad that I was "truely" a young man. The rifle was "geared" in 30-06. They demonstrated all the safeties and precautions of handling a firearm. I was ready. I took aim at the old bottle that had been proped up on the split rail fence post. I lined the iron sights "dead-on". The trigger sinched backward slowly, and the anticipation sored with great expectations of glory and heroism BANG! The round let loose the power of God, and it filled the 1 and a half inches of space between the butt of the rifle and my tender, and soon to be bruised, shoulder. It propelled my 85 pound body upward and to the rear. I completed, not one, but two complete summer-saults, and lay there, pondering things of the cosmos. My Dad and uncle laughed for about twenty minutes, at my expense... and to the amazement of all involved, I shot it again, and hit the bottle this time.

As a side-note: Today I own and shoot a Remington 7400 semi-automatic "geared" in .270, NOT 30-06!
 

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I hate to say it, but I don't know what I was thinking. About three months ago while at the range, I wanted to sight in my scope on my T/C Encore 7mm Rem Mag. On a bench with the bags and the gun's butt with an air gap to my shoulder, I pulled that trigger and that gap quickly closed and smashed into my shoulder, causing a very bad pain followed by my cursing out load, of my mistake. I tried to continue to sight in the scope, but had to call it a day on that. Won't make that mistake on the bench again. It wasn't like this was my first time, just don't know what I was thinking.
 

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quote:Originally posted by RNettles

As a side-note: Today I own and shoot a Remington 7400 semi-automatic "geared" in .270, NOT 30-06!
Great caliber the .270 WCF! I have a Ruger 77 in this chambering, my favorite. :)
 

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Remember the first shot with a H&R Handygun .410 Pistol. My Dad let me shoot at a turtle on a log in the creek. I held it loose, with bent arms, and when I shot it, it busted my mouth. No bent arm or limp wrist pistol shooting since. :D
 

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I can recall the first time Ishot a gun, it was a rifle on New Years. It was up in Maryland when people didn't think about what goes up must come down. My father would let us Shot the rifles off at the stroke of mid-night.
 

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I can't remember my first shot, but it must have been in 1950 at a family reunion in southwest Oklahoma. We are at an uncle's cotton farm and I, as a ten year old, were out at my uncle's pond with some other relatives that had to have been WWII vets. I remember they were shooting two hand guns, a .22 revolver and a .38 spl revolver that had to have been an M&P. I was just a goofy green kid that was picking up and saving the brass and I remember somebody offered me one shot! That must have been my first.
 

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Can't remember my first shot either. When in my 10s or 11s we target practiced with air rifles. And sometime after that graduated to the real deal. Probably at my uncle's farm in OK.
I do remember my son at the young age of 16 going out to shoot with me one day and wanting to try the 45c Blackhawk. He had fired my 22s and the 38/357s. After some pointers about the differences between the DA and SA guns, he extended his arms, took steady aim and let loose his first shot. I had not noticed the loosening of the elbows and wrists, and the Blackhawk promptly flipped up and the rear sight caught him between the eyes. We still get a good laugh over that one!
 

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I was six, and I tagged along as my father took my older brother out for a firearms lessen. I guess my father understood that I had to be going nuts to shoot too. So, he placed an empty oil can as a target for me and helped me hold the Sears Ted Williams 20ga steady. I scored a hit.

 
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