A classic lever action Marlin rifle. Itís great to have that connection to your father
It's the gun I learn to shoot and hunt on.
His introducing me to firearms was less than cordial. As a scrawny 9 year old, he put a JP Sauer & Sohn Western Marshall in 44 magnum in my hands. I pulled the trigger and buried the hammer in my forehead. That was followed by a Parker Hale 270 with a scope, which I promptly busted my eye open with the recoil of the scope (I looked like Petey the dog from the Little Rascals). Then a Remington 1100 12 guage, followed by a Winchester Model 94 Antique, then lastly the 22.
After a bloody head, bloody eye, bruised shoulder, and being damn near deaf, he informs I will learn the 22 inside and out, maintain it, shoot a brick throught it everytime we go out until I am proficient with it, then I will learn to hunt with it.
My mom asked him if he beat me, he said no, I thought the boy proper respect for firearms. He'll never forget those lessons, and you know what.......I never did forget those lessons.