I am from WV. I grew up around guns. When I turned 21 I wanted to buy a pistol before I wanted to buy a beer(I turned 25 before I finally got one due to duty locations and such). I regularly read gun blogs. I currently own 1 pistol, 2 bolt action rifles, and a shotgun. The shotgun was inherited from my late paternal grandfather. Dad is safekeeping it until I return east.
The pistol is an SW 99 chambered for .40 cal. I am competent with it and I enjoy carrying it and shooting it. When my CCW was active, I carried every time I went to Utah just because I could.
My first bolt action rifle was a Marlin .22 Buckaroo. I got it when I was 8 years old. I can plink all day and only spend 40 bucks.
My hunting rifle is a Winchester Model 70 chambered for .270. “The Rifleman’s Rifle”. I bought it in CA. The 30-06 version was used byUSMC sniper plattoons in Vietnam. I opted for .270 because of where I typically hunt.
I also have a .50 cal Kentucky Long Rifle in blackpowder. It extends my hunting season and I remember Hawkeye using a similar rifle in Last of the Mohicans. Dad bought one for me and brother to when we were in junior high school.