What was the first rifle you ever fired or which one did you learn to shoot with?
Mine was a Winchester 9422 XTR in .22lr. My Dad and I shot those dirty ol' Remington Thunderbolts at our backyard "range." We shot at tin cans and whatever trash we could scrounge up.
3 years old and it was a .54 cal muzzie... had lots of help though.
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.