Re: First new rifle in...decades.
You could pretend you're Dan'l Boone or Davy Crockett, and bark the squirrels. Should work fine.
Or you could keep it for "just in case". Maybe some little girl playing witch?
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and taste good with catsup - George of Lod, Year of Our Lord 297
I always take precautions.
Beware the Evil Bullet Fairies.