I never really had much of an influence as a kid to let me do any real shooting. My dad would take me down to the sand pits with his .22 rifle and shoot cans ever now and again, but I'm not even sure he ever let me handle the rifle myself.
Fast forward: Joined the US Marines as a 3521 and never looked back. Needless to say I prefer my rifles over all other firearms, but practice as much as possible with shotguns and pistols as well to stay sharp.
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