Re: What was the first .22 you actually owned?
My first .22 was a Winchester Model 57 chambered for the .22 short cartridge. It had a lyman aperature sight and I bought it for $15 when I was 15 in 1943. I would tie it to the crossbar of my bike and go squirrel hunting. While I was in the service, they sold or gave away everything I owned. Needless to say I was furious when I came back. Many years later I tried to buy another 57, possibly the same one, but it went for $900 and I didn't have that kind of money at the time. Needless to say I'm still browned off! I have since bought a Model 57 chambered for the .22 long rifle for one of my sons. Good, dependable and accurate, will last several lifetimes, but I still miss that rifle chambered and rifled for the .22 short cartridge.