Re: What was the first .22 you actually owned?
The first 22 I owned was a Remington single shot set up in a military fashion. My Dad shot 3rd over then entire European Theater in 1959/60 and is distinguished. He gave me the gun at my 16th birthday. He later gave me a double barreled 12 ga stevens 511 for my 18th birthday. Only thing was I could not shoot either often. They remained with me for years until I traded each for something else-better. Dad and I still shoot 22's. He can still put 5 under a dime. He is now 75 this year. We both shoot rather well, however as age is always the factor; iron sights are rough at 100 yards. Yes we shoot 100 yards 22 at steel targets to ..."ding" for fun. Scopes make it rather fun. Iron sights are a little more tricky! The best 22 I have is a Springfield 4-digit military trainer, retrofitted out of a 30-06.
Anyone know much about Springfield trainers? This one has a shorter barrel than what the books tell you are norm. All the lettering is where it belongs. The length of the barrel is about 1" or 1-1/4" shorter. It was an M2 retrofit with a hollow ball locking bolt. The bolt is etched with the 4-diget serial number of the 22. I traced it back to Springfield, and they did verify it is a trainer. Beyond that, I have not much of an idea?