I've been shooting as long as I can remember, and gravitated toward big sixguns
early on. I can remember shooting Dad's Super Blackhawk
when I was no more than 7 or 8. The first gun of my own was a single
action 22, bought with the allowance money I'd saved. Not long before
my 9th birthday I thumbed through a catalog
from one of Dad's distributors, picked out a gun that fit my
budget, and asked him to order it for me. I don't remember his reaction,
but I know it must have made his day.
He added the 22 Magnum cylinder
as a birthday present.