Re: What was the first .22 you actually owned?
My first .22 was (and I still have it) a Stevens 15-A. It's a single shot, bolt action that shoots shorts, longs and LR's. That was actually a big deal back when that rifle first made it into the family. We would almost always buy shorts at the local general store because they were cheaper than LR's. I'm talking 50 cents vs. 75 cents or something like that for a box of 50. We would pool our money to get enough ammo to hunt for a while. The gun was willed to my dad by our neighbor (back when it meant something to be a neighbor). My brother hunted with it and plinked with it for about 15 years. Both of my older brothers moved out and bought their own rifles while I was still in school. So dad gave me that rifle since I didn't have one. He gave me a shotgun too which I recently gave to my daughter. Both have been great guns for the 35 years or so I have been using them. I have a bunch of other guns now of course but I value those guns more than all the rest put together. I told my daughter she needed to treat those guns the way I did and make sure they stay in working order. That means getting them re-blued like I did. Both should last her the rest of her life and more. They were built to last in the time those guns were made.