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Semi auto .22. Think it was a "Glenfield model 60". Am I remembering right? Bought it on my 18th birthday in 1978 from the Penney's catalog for about 60 bucks. Got to use my associates discount. That was the first rifle I ever owned, shot, or even held. My dad didn't want anything to do with firearms of any kind, so all my brothers and I were strictly on our own when it came to guns. Never got around to asking dad why he was so uptight about guns. Just one of those topics you knew you weren't supposed to bring up around him! Always seemed kinda odd for the WW2 vet, country boy that he was.
 

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Good friend of mine is one of 7 kids. Grew up on a farm, their old man was a big time country boy. He never had a gun on the farm the whole time they were growing up. He said "one of you damn kids woulda ended up dead". Guess I can't argue with him, but I would not want to be living out in the boonies without some sort of protection.

To each his own.
I agree. I carry every day, for my own peace of mind. Dad was born in 1913 and grew up on a farm. If Dad were alive today he would call me a pansy (or something much worse!). In his view a "real man" settled any issue with his intelligence or his fists. I'm more of a "God, guns, and guts made America free" frame of mind.

Indeed, to each his own.
 
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