Prior to purchasing firearms I was "lent" a M16 by the Army and Smith and Wesson model 64 by a large southwestern police department. My first purchased firearm in 22 caliber was a Smith and Wesson 422 pistol. My first center fire was a 2 and 1/2 inch Smith and Wesson model 66. I have purchased many more guns since then but none better than that old 66.
My mom bought a Remington mod 241 for my dad in the late 30's. I first shot it in 1951 when I was 5 years old. My dad gave it to my brother when he turned 16 (he was 9 years older than I was). He in turn gave it to me when I hit 16 in 1962. I still have it 50 years after it was given to me. My dad and brother no longer need firearms where they are now.