my first was a ratty,tired and throughly disreputable M91 purchased in 1965 at a Canton,Ohio gun show. While the gun was fair/good on the outside ,the bore was pristine and was very accurate. Paid, IIRC, all of $8.00 for it and the guy who sold it was so happy to find a sucker he threw in a hatful of ammo. Those were the days!
My first was a 1943 Tula PU sniper with SVT scope. That was the first rifle I ever bought. A local shop was selling all the rifles out of some collector's estate and I got it for $400 last July. Before I bought it I took pictures and posted them on these boards in order to help varify that it wasn't a fake or repro.
I really can't remember exactly which one was first, but I can remember the first six. Two I bought at the same time, a 1948 M44 in new condition and a 1943 M38 in a laminated M44 stock that was used, but all matching. The other four were all bought together also. A straight barrel SIG M24, SA marked New England Westinghouse M91, SA marked Izhevsk M91 with AZF mark, and SA marked 1935 Tula M91/30.