I wouldn't hold back too much on this purchase. I don't remember my first football or baseball bat, but i remember my first .22 single shot, bolt action with the big external cocking mechanism on the back. I found out later that my dad picked it up used from a friend. I learned to shoot with it & so did my nephews. It is in a closet at Dad's house. I didn't know it wasn't brand new, but i could tell it was well made.
Honestly, i just got a bit misty thinking of all of the fun i had with that lil gun. I threw inumerable newspapers in the ever-present Mississippi rain so that i could buy my own ammo. I may have to go by & make sure it still shoots straight.