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Old 03-19-2017, 01:25 PM   #1
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How Experienced was the pistol that trained Y'all?

I think this might be the proper place to ask how experienced the (Revolver) pistol was that first trained Y'all?

The Iver Johnson 36/38 caliber breaktop revolver (carried everyday as an original Pinkerton by Grandpa Stover) was the pistol that I learned to shoot. I'm going to bet that a few folks on this network may have cut thier teeth on Older more experienced SAA's? So PLEASE respond with Y'all's HISTORY!

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Old 03-19-2017, 02:42 PM   #2
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My first revolver was a S&W Model 37 Air-weight Chief's Special bought new in 1955 as I was working on the Texas border at the time. It was followed by a BP Colt SAA in .45 Colt. After that, Uncle Sam loaned my a 1911 on hand receipt. My issue at the time was either a Garand or Carbine, depending on my duty job.
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My first personal gun was a Great Western .22 SA I bought when I was stationed at Ft Huachuca, AZ.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:38 AM   #4
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The only pistol I shot as a kid was my grandpa's .22 semiauto. I wish I knew now what it was. I remember it as being very similar to a Woodsman, but he had some kind of white grips on it, possibly ivory.

My first revolver training was with the .38 S&W that was issued to Air Force aircrews...made me embrace semi-auto's even more. What it lacked in power it made up for with lousy accuracy and limited capacity.

At least it would rip your survival vest off in an ejection.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:45 AM   #5
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My first handgun was like the Capn's. A USAF issued S&W Model 15, 4" Combat Masterpiece. The one I qualified with in Tech School had a target hammer and trigger...great for single action, not so great for double action.

I shot expert the first time...not much of an accomplishment...everything inside the seven ring of a B-27 counted, and 96 and above was expert (I think).

Luckily, I didn't have to worry about ejection seats, Mike.

The M-15's were good revolvers. All had adjustable sights of course. Target hammers/triggers were a hit and miss. Some had surprisingly good trigger pulls, some were horrendous. Most of them were carried a lot and shot very little, 50 rounds, twice a year or so. Some had a lot of scars, some not so much. Back then, revolvers were still King, and having a post were you carried a sidearm versus humping an M-16 was sought after.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:29 PM   #6
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When I was about 20 or thereabouts, I bought a Ruger 10-22 rifle and a Ruger Mk II .22 pistol. I then set about training myself as best I could by reading, practicing, reading and practicing, repeating as the options were available. So my first pistol that I shot was new out of the box.
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...everything inside the seven ring of a B-27 counted, and 96 and above was expert (I think).
Terry, my proudest moment in firearms qual came with the M-16: in a one hundred round course of fire I qualified with 103 holes in my target.

I always go for the extra credit.
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When I was about 20 or thereabouts, I bought a Ruger 10-22 rifle and a Ruger Mk II .22 pistol. I then set about training myself as best I could by reading, practicing, reading and practicing, repeating as the options were available. So my first pistol that I shot was new out of the box.
I've got to give you extra credit points SpecialEd. I grew up under the tutelage of Allan Pinkerton's Best, not to mention my 13 Uncles had all served as Uncle Sam"s best, brightest, and finest. I was shooting before I went to a conventional school of education. So I had at least a 17 year training head start, so I'll pass along a BZ for Y'all's dedication.
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Terry, my proudest moment in firearms qual came with the M-16: in a one hundred round course of fire I qualified with 103 holes in my target.

I always go for the extra credit.
You are my kinda guy, Mike!
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My first handgun was a 6" S&W M19...and after about 6 months I split the forcing cone while shooting factory Winchester 158gr JHP's. However, I'm still a big fan of the Combat Magnum.
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My Grand Pa's Iver Johnson top break .22. My brother sold it when I was injured in the Army and he thought I would die. He wanted dope.
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My Grand Pa's Iver Johnson top break .22. My brother sold it when I was injured in the Army and he thought I would die. He wanted dope.
Wow. That's practically a whole book in three sentences.
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My first .22 handgun was a Clark tuned MK 1 6 7/8" tapered heavy barrel...I didn't realize it was done up by Clark and I rather abused that pistol. Finally at a gun show once, there was a guy who had two Clark Mk 1's and I noticed that mine was conspicuously identical...but a little more "rode hard". Even hard worked, it had a magnificent trigger and was very accurate.
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