It seems the number of people interested in guns, especially the younger generation is growning. I've been teaching a 4-H shooting sports class for a few weeks now, whenever the weather permits that is. I teach 10-19 year olds how to shoot 22lr rifles. Currently I have 5 kids, I started with two in the middle of last month. Today one of the parents shows up and I reocgnize him as one of the local FFLs and his son is ripping the x ring out of the targets at 33 yards. Impressed with the improvement the man, Luke, asks me about competition and what kind of gun the kids might need and what the requirements are to compete. I simply said "Whatever they are most comfortable with". The dad asks his son and the other kids what they like best, with the expection of my best student (who favors a bolt gun), they all respond "The Ruger 10/22" as one of them holds it up for his dad to inspect. I'd been bringing this particular rifle because we only had 2 rifles for 5 students, one a bolt action Savage and the other my Ruger 10/22. I told him the students already had the right idea for the best rifle and why such as it is fairly low maintenance being the stainless steel and synthetic stock version, not to mention easy to expand and tailor to individual goals. He simply asked how many we needed. "Five's a good start." the 4-H shotgun instructor who was watching said. "They'll be ready for you by this next Sunday." was the simple and generous response from Luke.