My first gun at 11 years old was a Springfield 1903 and I still have it. My second gun at age 12 was a water-cooled Maxim heavy MG with tripod (wish I still had it), and my first gun from my parents at age 14 was a brand new Winchester model 62A pump, which I carried in a saddle scabbard on my horse. The horse is long gone, but I still have the rifle, saddle, and saddle scabbard. All three are like new almost 60 years later!
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