It was my 10th birthday when I received my H&R Pioneer .22 single shot and a brick of shotshells. My friends and I spent many a day afield with our .22's and shotshells hunting bumblebees..... I still have the rifle today and will pass it on to my son or grandsons.
My anti-gun dad (God rest his soul) bought me a used Remington 511 for my 14th birthday. I shot that rifle until I wore the bluing off. Unfortunately, it got lost somewhere during 35 years of traveling. I wish I still had it