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.


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