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Holster contest!
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:46:56 PM »
Well guys and gals today is the day we're going to start something new on WeTheArmed. We're going to be doing a give away, basically a $50 discount on a holster of your choice. The drawing will take place on the first of the month, and the specific rules  for the drawing will be laid out in an introductory post. We are still working out all the details and whatnot on this whole setup so things may change going forward.

But for this first one here is the rules. You need to post to get a number assigned once that number is assigned you will not get another number if you post again. So your not increasing your odds by posting more than once though your welcome to continue the conversation with more posts. Those numbers I'll assign in order, IE the first person to post will get #1 and second will get #2 and so on. Once the thread is locked say a day before the end of the month I'll go to a random number generator online and have it pick a number from the posts then I'll put a final post in the thread with the persons forum name announcing they won.

Then once the drawing is complete I'll send you a private message on WTA to get your full name as it will be listed on your order. When you place the order copy a link to the WTA thread so I can make sure that I've got the right person etc. And then I'll take care of applying the discount to the order for you. You'll still be responsible for the balance on the order once I get ready to build it out like I normally do less the $50 discount.

For now I'm not going to put a limit on the time frame you have to use the discount within, but I'd prefer guys use them fairly quickly just so I don't have to keep too many active at once and make things more confusing on my end.

Do keep in mind this doesn't effect where your order falls in my lead time. So once the contest is over, and the person who won places an order it falls into my normal timetable. Also that discount doesn't apply to orders already paid or complete. However if you've got an order still waiting that hasn't been paid for, then I'd be more than willing to apply the discount to that order for you.




Now onto this month's contest and how to enter. I want to know what was your first gun and the story behind it. Doesn't have to be long but the background on the gun. I'm not eligible but I'll type mine up as an example below:

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My first firearm was a 410 break action shotgun. Not an expensive gun by any means, but we've had a tradition in my family where when a son or daughter reaches 12 years old they got an old 410. My grandfather started that tradition with both of my brothers. When I reached 12 he had passed away a year or two before then, so my father carried it on with me.

I still have that old 410 hanging up on the wall and while it's not anything to write home about gun wise. It's got a story for me, and it's special for me. There are some guns I'll never get rid of and that one makes the list.

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Let's have some fun with this and get some good stories out here about our first guns, and get some good leather built out for you guys as well;)
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    Re: Holster contest!
    « Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 09:04:55 PM »
    Hmmmn. I picked up an SW40VE in 2004 when I was 21 because we had just had a crowd of 40+ people come follow a bouncer from the bar next door. He came to continue beating this drunk dude that copped a feel on said bouncers GF. I worked till 4am at a domino's pizza and having a juice monkey all swoll and bowed in the lobby chasing after this dude as he ran to the back and the crowd rattled the glass makes you consider the implications of fending off several people with a deep dish pan and rocker cutter. Incidentally the hippie driver that unlocked the door was on my sh** list for a long time after that.
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    « Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 10:15:29 PM »
    First gun? That I actually owned, and wasn't someone elses' loaned? A Charter Arms Off Duty 38 Special revolver. This was back when private eyes and detectives still carried wheelguns, so I felt like a fedora wearing crime fighter. I wasn't, just a dumb, kid, but the little round gun was pretty darn good. I was the only one who could hit the broadside of a barn with it; for some reason, none of my friends could shoot it straight. I have absolutely no idea where it went, maybe in trade, years later, but that was the first one for me.

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    « Reply #3 on: August 08, 2016, 10:28:30 PM »
    My first gun was a Remington Nylon 66, .22LR semi-auto, fed from a tube in the buttstock.  I inherited the rifle when my great-grandfather passed away, and I would take it out with my dad at least once a month.  I would practice shooting empty .410 shells from 25 yards, and the rifle was very accurate.  I later learned it was a pain to take apart because the receiver screws were weak.  I still have the rifle, and it will be passed down to my eldest when he is big enough to shoulder it.  It might be missing a bolt handle and have a cracked stock behind the pistol grip, but it has lots of memories attached to it. 

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    « Reply #4 on: August 08, 2016, 10:31:04 PM »
    My first gun was my now-dearly missed SIG P228. Bought it at the Valley Forge Gun Show on December 8, 2012. I'd finally gotten the OK from my folks to keep a gun in the house, and I made a special trip to the show that morning before work. I wasn't really planning on buying anything, but I did have a list: a S&W M&P15-22 or CZ-452 with the Mannlicher stock as a long gun, or a Browning Buck Mark, tapered or pencil-barrled S&W Model 10, or a SIG P228 as a handgun.

    I crossed the long guns off the list almost right away because one of the conditions my folks gave me was that I absolutely had to buy a dedicated safe to keep the gun in, and there were no long gun safes for sale at the show. Which was too bad because while I didn't see any CZ rifles whatsoever, there were abunch of M&P15-22s for sale. I got maybe halfway through the show when I saw my P228 sitting in a display case. The price looked pretty good too. So I bought it, a spare magazine, a cheapo handgun vault that broke almost as soon as I started using it, and a cheap nylon carry case.

    I loved that SIG, even though I could never really shoot it all that well. Must've put 3000+ rounds through it in the two and a half years I owned it. But alas, I really didn't take as good care of it as I should. Never replaced the recoil spring, which I ultimately suspect was the root cause of the breech block roll pin starting to back out whenever I shot it. So combine that issue with the fact that the grips were too thick for my hands and I still couldn't group with it worth a darn, and I decided to trade it in towards a brand-new CZ-75b. Now I wish I hadn't. Don't get me wrong, I love my CZ, especially now that I've finally shot it enough to break it in, but I really wish I'd hung onto that SIG.
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    « Reply #5 on: August 08, 2016, 10:33:31 PM »
    My first was just a single shot cricket .22. Bought by my Dad and given to me when I was 7. I have distant memories of shooting turtles on a deer lease (I think?) Pre 9/11. That was back when you could find land to hunt on and it wasn't all  restricted to Corp of engineers land. I would also shoot the occasional meadow lark that stayed landed on the ground for too long.
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    « Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016, 11:27:55 PM »
    The first gun I ever bought was a Mossberg 500. I bought it fresh out of high school. My older brother Uncle musket had to buy it for me because I didn't have a valid ID. When I brought the gun home I put Rob Zombie stickers on the stock to pimp it out. I only got to fire it once before I left on my 2-year mission to Mexico. When I came home I discovered that the shotgun was missing. It turns out the same brother that helped me buy it also stole it.
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    « Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 11:54:28 PM »
    The first gun I ever bought (not the first I ever fired) was the Taurus PT911 9mm... which really wasn't as bad as you might think.  They used a lot of the internals from their version of the Beretta 92 (including the trigger).  At the time, though, I only intended to have one gun in the house (stop laughing!), so I wanted one my wife and I would both be able to handle, and the double stack grip on the PT1911 would probably have dislocated my wife's thumb if she ever fired it (due to how she had to hold it - the Kahr K9 fits much better).

    So it got sold.

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    « Reply #8 on: August 09, 2016, 12:23:37 AM »
    The first one that was actually mine was a Remington single shot, bolt action .22 rifle.  I honestly don't even remember the model number of the gun at this point.  A farm kid with his own .22 rifle and a box of cartridges is somebody you won't see frequently for a couple of days. 

    Come to think of it, maybe that was the plan.   :cool
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    « Reply #9 on: August 09, 2016, 01:23:42 AM »
    First gun I owned was a .44 mag Desert Eagle.  1989, in the army and assigned to Fort Puke, LA. I was wanting a handgun, but something different.  I had read some of the reviews on the brand new at the time Desert Eagle in .44 mag as opposed to the anemic .357.  Was out in Alexandria had the local gun shop and decided the at it fit my hand perfectly.  Still have the beast but after about 10000 rounds it needs some TLC.  Can't get more than 2 rounds without a jam.  Needs a new extractor and springs and probably a feed ramp polish.  Had an Uncle Mikes shoulder hostler to carry it in.

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    « Reply #10 on: August 09, 2016, 01:25:00 AM »
      First gun was a Marlin 25, .22 rifle I got on my 10th birthday.   My dad got his when he was 10 (Marlin .22 as well) and my (hopefully) kid will get one on his 10th birthday.

      Came with a cracked stock, marlin sent a replacement but during the wait I glued it back together and am still using the original cracked stock.   Shot thousands upon thousands of rounds out of it when I finally replaced it with a Ruger 96.

        Extractor doesn't work real well and 1 of 10 rounds the firing pin doesn't set off after that much shooting, but I have a hard time wanting to get it working again, because....it just is....haha, as a kid I got used to those quirks and sorta want it left the way I coped with it for so long.
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    « Reply #11 on: August 09, 2016, 02:09:37 AM »
    My first gun, eh?  Of my very own?  Well, that would be my college graduation present, a 1959 Remington Model 760 Gamemaster in .308 Winchester.  The gun had belonged to my step-mother's grandmother.  Her grandfather died while I was in college and my parents ended up with both their hunting rifles.  I got the one and my step-brother got the other.  I replaced the original Weaver 4x scope years ago with a Bushnell 3x9 with BDC because my eyesight needs all the help it can get.  I've had it for over 30 years and have taken at least four deer with it.  The trigger won't win any contests, but it's a good, honest meat gun that will hold 2 MOA.  With a smoother trigger I'm sure it would do better, but for now I'll leave it alone.
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    « Reply #12 on: August 09, 2016, 08:29:12 AM »
    My first gun...has value beyond its use. It hasn't been used in years because it cannot be repaired. It's now a dead gun but it still has much value. Here's why. My grandmother gave me a Remington pump action .22lr for my 13th birthday. The rifle belonged to her little brother. A brother she raised. This same brother was tragically killed before the end of WWII. He died as a prisoner of war at the hands of the Japanese. The rifle was the last thing she possessed of her little brother and it is my only connection to that side of my family. So, it's value is far beyond a mere firearm. I refinished it in school, both bluing and stocks, because I thought it was what my uncle would have wanted.

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    « Reply #13 on: August 09, 2016, 10:13:58 AM »
    Stevens .410 break action single shot shotgun.  Paid $20 to a farmer to whom my dad sold livestock feed.  Still have it.  Light and handy, I harvested lots of starlings and sparrows in rural Indiana with it as a young boy.  I had a deal with my dad that I could trade a starling or sparrow carcass for a .410 round.  Basically I bought the misses.

    After I had gotten somewhat competent with the gun, I worked hard for the "perfect boxes", 25 for 25 shots.  One day I was on a run when I missed a bird around shot 20.  Two birds later I drew a bead on a starling on a power line between two others.  Right as the trigger broke, the middle one flew and I missed him too.  But I got both the birds on either side.  So, two misses and still 25/25  :D
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    « Reply #14 on: August 09, 2016, 10:45:45 AM »
    My first gun, was also the first gun I bought.  For my 18th birthday I was given a Marlin model 60 .22lr, when my dad and I went to shoot it, it shot so nicely that my dad had me get one for him.  I bought that model 60 at Payless Drugs for less than $100 about a week after my birthday.  The two rifles got mixed up over the years, and I am not sure which was which.  The one I ended up with has been shot so much that I have mostly retired it.  I need to tear it down and see if I can fix it some day.
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    « Reply #15 on: August 09, 2016, 03:51:36 PM »
    first gun was a Stevens, 22cal single shot bolt action with the round knob at the rear of the bolt you pulled back to cock it.
    First gun I purchased was a Webley MkVI that had the back of the cylinder milled to accept 45acp in half moon clips.  Bought from a collector / kitchen dealer up around Lansing, Mi. Took 3 hours to make the deal cause he kept showing me his collection, which to an 18 year old was freaking awesome.  First time I ever saw a Drilling, this was supposedly owned by Goering.
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    « Reply #16 on: August 09, 2016, 03:58:13 PM »
    First time I ever saw a Drilling, this was supposedly owned by Goering.

    I've heard/seen that so many times that I am beginning to think that Goering owned the factory where all Drillings were made.  Therefore, as the owner of the factory, he "owned them" before they were sold.

    I know, that's not what people mean when they say that.  They mean it was his personal gun.  But it seems to get applied to just about every Drilling I hear about.  Personally, I'm of the opinion that that's not really a GOOD thing to be bragging about.  I don't ascribe "good" or "evil" to inanimate objects, but some people do.  And having the personal firearm of one of the head honchos of the Third Reich is not something I would be bragging about.
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    « Reply #17 on: August 09, 2016, 06:49:55 PM »
    That's why the "supposedly".

     it was 40 years ago and I was 18,  what the heck did I know ?

    I at least knew who Fat Hermann was when I was 18, so I guess that was a surprise to the collector.


    I've heard/seen that so many times that I am beginning to think that Goering owned the factory where all Drillings were made.  Therefore, as the owner of the factory, he "owned them" before they were sold.

    I know, that's not what people mean when they say that.  They mean it was his personal gun.  But it seems to get applied to just about every Drilling I hear about.  Personally, I'm of the opinion that that's not really a GOOD thing to be bragging about.  I don't ascribe "good" or "evil" to inanimate objects, but some people do.  And having the personal firearm of one of the head honchos of the Third Reich is not something I would be bragging about.
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    « Reply #18 on: August 10, 2016, 06:00:07 PM »
    My first gun was a semiauto 22 rimfire rifle (it says on the barrel it will shoot 22 shorts, longs and long rifle).  It is a J.C. Higgins made by Hi Standard for Sears back in the 50s.  Probably older than I am.  I got it from my father, I still have it and it still shoots well.  I've replaced the scope and charging handle, but other than that it is all original.  Good memories of going shooting with my older brother as kids.  Don't think I'd ever give this one up.


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    « Reply #19 on: August 11, 2016, 12:06:16 PM »
    My first gun was a Beretta M1201 shotgun.  I was at BYU and had just gone shooting with a couple of people.  I had never owned a gun before and when I was home from school, I went to the local shop and bought it.  It was a Police trade-in.  I thought it was so cool because it was a semi-auto shotgun.  After the 10 day waiting period, I was able to pick up my gun.  I bought it back to school with me and it had to be held by the school as they did not allow firearms in the on-campus housing.  My parents were not too happy with my purchase.  They did not understand my need for a shotty.

    Following the purchase of the Beretta, I soon picked up a Colt Cadet and then a Taurus 608 revolver.  But as my income has increased, so has the quality of my firearms.  I no longer own either of these firearms.
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    « Reply #20 on: August 11, 2016, 03:52:46 PM »
    My first gun was nothing glamorous.
    It was a little RG .22LR revolver that my mother gave me when I moved out on my own.
    I still have it and it is actually a rather poorly made firearm. I have considered encasing it in clear acrylic and using it as a paperweight.

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    « Reply #21 on: August 11, 2016, 03:57:25 PM »
    This is a good thread subject.  :thumbup1

    My first gun was a WASR-10 AK. 

    I was a... difficult... youth, with tendencies toward aggression.  My mother blew my behavior out of proportion, but to be fair, she was prodded on by a therapist who wanted her to keep bringing me back.  Like too many boys in America, I was prescribed Adderral to control 'impulsive behavior,' or what past generations would have considered the devil that needed beat out of me.  And I would agree.  (The day I graduated is the last time I ever took it, and what do you know: I get by in society just fine.)  Needless to say, she thought that it was only a matter of time before I showed up on the six o'clock news.

    With that for reference, I was always drawn to weapons and guns, starting when I was four years old.  My father took us out to teach us to shoot with a .22, but maybe only a half dozen times ever.  The year that I was fourteen, I was starting to make some money, and what better way to invest it than into a tool of aggression?  The catch would be that I had to get an adult to buy it... 

    The first thing that struck my fancy was a movie sword.  Just an unsharpened wall hanger that would be fun to look at.  My father was neutral to the idea, but my mother was adamant: "NO!  He'll kill us all!"  Okay, whatever.  Gradually that idea drifted away, and was replaced with a fascination for civil war weaponry.  I managed to find a website selling inert 1861 muskets - really just a hunk of steel and wood that resembled an antique weapon, but still: "NO!  He'll kill us all!"  This, too, was a passing fancy.

    Finally my birthday was rolling up, and I told my father that I would like to get a scope for his .22 bolt action.  Again, "NO!  He'll kill us all!", but by this time my father was fed up with that.  He turned and looked at her incredulously: "With a single-shot .22??"  So, down to the LGS we went, and the counter jockeys mounted a cheap Chinese scope and rings to the rifle.  While waiting, we were browsing the wall selection.  The AWB had just ended and Christmas was fast approaching, so the hot item was 'Romanian AKs' for ~$350  I barely knew what an 'AK-47' was, but my father did.  He pointed it out to me, and my response was basically "Oh? That's nice." before I promptly forgot about it.  I was happy to be finally getting a scope on the .22 - I knew darn well that That wasn't going to fly... 

    He decided I needed it.  He did not tell my mother.  Christmas morning, and just turned 15, I unwrapped an 'assault rifle' in front of my mother.  She was speechless, literally.  As in: Not. A. Word. >:D

    Despite being purchased after the ban, it is a 'post ban' WASR, and the FSB is canted to almost the limit of the front sight's ability to compensate for it.  It does have some sentimental value for me, but now that I have another AK, I am waiting for the next ban scare to see just what I can get for it.
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    « Reply #22 on: August 11, 2016, 04:08:26 PM »
    Pretty sure the first gun that was considered mine was a Savage 24 in .22lr - .410 O/U given to me by my Dad back when Jose Wales introduced me to the ol' revolver spin-flip.
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    « Reply #23 on: August 13, 2016, 05:20:09 PM »
    Kaso, awesome story. :cool

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    « Reply #24 on: August 23, 2016, 01:09:44 PM »
    Just bringing this back up as a reminder you've got 8 days if you haven't already to put up a story and get in the drawing;)

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