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G&A Man on the Street: What is the Single Biggest Reason You Became a Gun Owner?

by G&A Online Editors   |  May 23rd, 2013 10

Whether used for personal defense, hunting, collecting, competition or just a fun day at the range, gun culture is American culture. Just like the great people in this country, guns come in all shapes and sizes. Each has unique features and the ability to accomplish specific tasks—and they all have a story to tell.

Some people started hunting and shooting at a very young age. Others buy guns simply to protect themselves or their family. Some picked up their first gun in basic training with a drill sergeant screaming in their ear. But they all have one thing in common—every gun owner can tell a tale about the memorable day they brought home their first firearm.

The editors at G&A set out to find out what is the biggest reason why NRA members became gun owners.


  • David Kachel

    Single biggest reason:

    It ain’t deer hunting. It ain’t target practice. It ain’t competition. It ain’t plinking.
    I own guns for the reason the founders TOLD ME to own guns!
    Go ahead, try me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.buck.338 Martin Buck

    Well, my dad had rifles and a shotgun (he was a farmer), and would take us out plinking as small kids. I always had eyesight problems, so when I had a cataract operation a couple of years ago and could finally see properly without gasses for the first time in my life, that was when I decided to get into this hobby. I have been target shooting with my .22s, but other health probems have held me back. It is quite expensive to access outdoor ranges here as well. I still have all my rifles and one shotgun. I took an extensive license test, and my neighbours and family were interviewed by Police to ensure I was a suitable candidate. These are the rules in New Zealand, designed to keep us safe from nut jobs with guns. Generally this works, and apart from ony having a 5 round magazine for my SKS, it has no ill effect. I really enjoy the smell of gunpowder drifting over me as I see a perforated target. Great fun. It is not only my right, but also my duty as an adult to be familiar with and competent with, all kinds of firearms. I wish this was the general view.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vladimir-Sanchez/1477143696 Vladimir Sanchez

    Protection of self and family!

  • juneaumac

    It was love at first sight, I was probably 6 years old going to the sporting goods section of the stores and lusting over the guns, you would find me in two place while the folks shopped first the toy department then the gun department. I talked my Mom into buying me my first rifle when I was 9 it was a Remington nylon 66 in Mohawk Brown. I had to agree to give up my $2 allowance for about 3 months while it was on lay-away at Zayres Department store in Portmouth, Virginia in total I contributed about $24 of the $99 it cost in 1972. The only other gun in the house was Moms little 22 revolver she kept for protection.

  • nh1364

    Because I Love My Country and I Love to shoot and re-load, plus it beats the heck out of mowing the lawn

  • JiminGA

    My first gun was a Remington 521T target rifle with Lyman sights, given to me by my wife in the 70′s. I only used it for plinking for many years and added my father’s Stevens Visible Loader (vintage 1931) after his passing. I still have both and they both shoot great.

    Now in my late 60′s, after becoming more aware of national and world issues, I’ve added several guns to the collection. They include a 12 gauge, a .410 gauge, a third .22 rifle, and two AR-15′s. Further, both my wife and I have carry permits with she carrying a .38/.357 revolver and me carrying a Glock 17.

    So we started with guns for fun and now have guns for any future threats/needs. And shooting them is still lots of fun.

  • dg

    Personal defense.
    Get ‘em before the dems ban ‘em.

  • JonLeach

    Wow! Not one person mentioned the Bill of Rights, Second Amendment or tyranny of government. People need to learn history.

    • sanity899

      I have had to call the police twice because of young women crying at my front door. It took the police almost twenty minutes to get here. I know that the third time will be the charm and some scumbag boyfriend will be coming in the door right behind the young women. I now have a para ord P14-45 right close to the front door. In my life I have never wanted to kill or injure anybody. But if they want to break into my home and try to injure or kill myself or my family or some stranger on my front room carpet they are going to die. I would hate that but sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do so you can continue to live and do the things you want to do. Please pray this does not happen.

  • dalan fraser

    teeny weinie, big gun makes it look bigger!!

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