What was the first firearm you ever owned? I still have mine in like-new condition, a Marlin Model 70HC .22LR. I can still remember when I first saw it. Age 9, and Grandpa and I were on at Bi-Mart looking for a gun for me. He insisted I get a tube-fed model and I really, really wanted one with a magazine (see? I was tacti-cool even at 9 years old ). I pouted and cried and we walked out of the store empty handed (as a lesson to me, I'm sure). I spent the next 11 months helping Grandpa around the garden and garage, got good grades in school, didn't get into any fights, etc. On my 10th birthday, he surprised me with the rifle I'd been dreaming about all year. It was just last year I finally took the info sticker off the stock, as pictured here.