Jake sent us two photos of his very first gun, a WASR 10/63, given to him by his father. He writes …

This WASR 10/63 is my very first gun, received as a Christmas present from my father when I was 20.

It’s gone through numerous changes since then. Currently it wears Russian polymer furniture, a US Palm pistol grip, and an Ulitmak rail. Attached to the Ultimak are a Bushnell TRS-25 with a QD mount and a Surefire G2 Nitrolon in a KZ offset mount. Other accessories include a Tapco slot brake, a Krebs custom fire selector, and a Condor sling.

In addition to these upgrades, I’ve also sanded and polished the bolt guide rails and hammer (a Tapco G2) to smooth the action, and painted the furniture and magazine in olive drab.


What was your first gun? Mine was a Savage bolt action chambered in .22 LR (I still have it, but I cannot remember the model number and its not at hand as I write this).


  • lurpy

    First gun I bought was a CETME at the first gun show after I turned 18. It cost me $400 and South African milsurp 7.62 NATO was being sold in 160-round battle packs for about $30. Now a mag dump costs me $15.

  • Dan

    My first gun was a lakefield Mark II .22Lr bolt action, when i was 12, my parents were not gun/hunting friendly. By the time I turned 15 both had shotguns and every October we went pheasant hunting.

  • mosinman

    mine was a savage model 64 in .22lr
    then it was followed up by my 91/30

  • Zachary marrs

    Pfft, thats a blizzard.

    Im from the Texas gulf Coast btw ; P

  • Danielboy

    My first gun was a Marlin 60C Mountain Man limited edition. Its one of the older models that can hold 18 rounds. Baught it from a pawn shop for 100 dollars after I turned 20 in 2012.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Marlin 60’s are such terrific rifles — looks as if you got a great deal, too!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    A nicely-integrated set of practical and cost-effective improvements, all while retaining essentially classic modernized AK-47 / AKM lines ( except for the flash suppressor / muzzle brake ). Great job, Jake — and I know you also wanted to honor your father’s sense of tradition when he gave you that WASR.

  • Grindstone50k

    FTA: “painted the furniture and magazine in olive drab.”

  • Grindstone50k

    Didn’t grow up around guns, but wasn’t in an anti-gun home. Lots of relatives with guns so I shot a handful of times. First gun was a RIA 1911 I bought myself. My wife just bought her first gun, M&P9.

  • Cymond

    First gun was a Walther P22, as a gift from family for my 21st birthday (esp since I don’t drink). I still have it, but I really regret choosing the 5″ barrel. I’m going to swap it out eventually.

  • lurpy

    You know that snow falls in lots of different geographies, right? Parts of Utah are the right color for FDE in the summer, but full of snow and ice all winter.

  • USMC03Vet

    Loving the AK’s as POTD. It must be a Michigander thing about liking OD color.

    My first gun was a SIG Pro 2022.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    The part about your father is surprising — it only goes to show how wrong one can be, present company included! Yet he saw fit to still give you that WASR. Perhaps he saw something additionally positive in you and your interest in firearms, and decided to be supportive about it. Sincerest apologies for any misunderstandings that might have accrued.

  • Guest

    Savage MKII bolt action in 22LR. I still have it, though now it has a bipod and a sling.

  • Ethan

    My first gun was a Savage MKII bolt action in 22LR.
    Ironically my second firearm was a WASR 10/63. Great guns… yours looks beautiful Jake.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very interesting and quite different. Could you tell us a little more about those guns and what has happened to them since? Thanks in advance!