ive always been into guns. so i guess ill tell you how i got into competeive shooting.
my step dad gave me a box of clays and a 20gauge pump for my birthday when i was 11 i was hooked on skeet. then when i turned 21 i bought my first handgun about a year later i shot my first idpa match. and ive never looked back. i dont have fun shooting 300 rounds off in a day at the rangeany more.
First time was when I was 7 or 8 do not remember exactly. It was with my ex-brother-in-law who had a bit of a sadistic streak. Had me shoot his 12 guage double - only one barrel thank goodnes. Went from there to pellet rifles at 9 - my first Crossman. First shotgun was at 12 - 20 guage single shot lever action break. First pistol was a Colt .32 Police and my first rifle was a Ruger .22 LR
"My Daddy was a pistol, so I'm a son-of-a-gun"..sorry couldn't resist it....
Just grew up around them, and then when I got stationed at FE Warren AFB in the early 70's I fell in with a crowd of gun nuts who spent lavishly on things such as reloading equipment, riflescopes, prarie dog hunts, antelope hunts, coyote hunts,etc,,,so I got started there...and we wasted a fair amount of money on beer and wimmin'
I pretty much grew up with them. Funny thing is when I got out of the service, I really didn't want anything to do with guns. Then when at a family gathering, my cousin's kid was popping cans with an old 22 my grandfather kept, I had to try it again. The rest is history.
Even though I started shooting when I was 3 years old, what really did it for me was when I saw the power of a 12 gauge at close range. Ever since then I just took a natural knack to guns. My dad made sure I got lots of range time as a kid and made sure I knew how to be safe with guns.
I blame my addiction on my father. :lol: I shot my first firearm while out camping around 8-9 years old. I started hunting Dove and Quail around the age of 11-12. What really got me hooked is when my Dad bought me my first rifle (Ruger 10/22) for my 13th birthday. My firearm addiction has grown out of control since then. I will forever appreciate him introducing me to such a great hobby and for teaching me such strict and safe gun handling skills.
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