Ever since I was old enough to remember
By Chris Schei
Ever since I was old enough to remember I loved guns and cowboy stuff. As I grew older I acquired a .22 rifle and a shotgun and later on I used my older brothers 03-A3 to hunt deer, but I didn’t have a handgun. In about 1964 I had to have one and finally dragged my Mother to the sportshop to help me buy one (I wasn’t 21 yet). Back in those days of pre gun law mania this was acceptable if the person was a responsible type who didn’t get into trouble and knew how to handle firearms safely. The clerk showed us several cowboy type revolvers and explained the merits of each one. One was a funny looking European model which felt clumsy in my hand and another was actually a double action made to look like a cowboy gun but it wasn’t even close. Finally he showed me a Colt Scout and as soon as I held it I knew it was the one for me. It was expensive, more than each of the others but I figured quality cost so I paid approximately $49.00 for it. I had worked hard for that gun and I wanted something that would last. I’m way past 60 now and I still pull that little Scout out and plink away just like I did when it was new and I have never regretted spending the extra cash on it to this day! How about hearing some of your stories about first sixguns?
So my first brush with a handgun was a 22 S&W revolver with a 6" barrel . The revolver shot extremely high and was extremely hard to aim . One day I came home it was gone (I secretlythink Dad hated that gun). Then my dad bought an H&R 12" revolver it was the first revolver that actually shot well and had a fixed rear sight . ( posted a pic on here in another thread.
The untold thousands of 22lr that I shot through that gun…lol but it taught me the rudimentary skills needed for handgun use. I suppose that is why I have always favored a long barrel even on the big bores I have owned and still own. The first bigger bored revolver I ever shot was a 357 mag. I was a teenager . Didnt have ear muffs or anything on and when that sucker cracked I couldnt hear for a solid minute . I fired 2 rounds in double action. It was a S&W.
I still have the 12" H&R having inherited it when my father passed in '21 . We took it raccoon hunting I would either get up on a bank or lay on my back a small way from the tree and with lights showing the eyes I would shot out the raccoon. I was very good at this. I practiced at the farm by taking small road gravels and setting them on top of fence post and shooting them off at about the same distance as a common tree one might tree a raccoon in. My Dad owned the gun but I used it all the time and at one point had it at my house for about 2 yrs. Till Dad got a wild hair he wanted to shoot at grouse with it. I laughed but my laughter was qualled when I was told by my mother that Dad had shot a grouse with it. I ask Dad and he said yep I was walking squirrel huntin and a grouse came walking and I pulled up and hit it . Like I said it always shot great and it still shoots great. Not much of a looker after 40+ yrs. But it is priceless. I have owned 44 super redhawk in 9.5 and a taurus raging bull in 454 8 3/8" and now own and shoot a BFR .460S&W with the 10" barrelalong with several others . Always liked the long barrels wonder why.
The only hand gun my dad owned was a iver johnson revolver in .22 . When I turned 21 I bought a Smith and Wesson 686 that I still own and shoot . I lost count of how many rounds I put through it . I could buy 38 special for 5 bucks a box and cast and reloaded thousands of rounds. At one time I got ahold of two case of super vel . Now I wish I had saved a case of it .
Kinda crazy… but my first “revolver” was a 5 shot break open S&W in .32 S&W special. It was given to me when i was 3… (no ammo) stolen from me when I was about 11 years old. Sigh…
I have had a few revolvers in my life, i still have 3 or 4… LOL
But i have a love affair with semi auto guns and that is just the way I am.
Ever since I can remember there were firearms around all our families homes.
First six gun I shot was my Grandfathers Iver Johnson. My brother still has it.
Funny with all the PD in the family back then - a handgun laying around after they went off duty meant DO NOT TOUCH
And unlike the shitheads today - WE NEVER DID.
Because when our parentS said “touch it and we’ll beat your ass” we KNEW that was a fact.