I began shooting when I was 4 years old.  The .22 rifle was too heavy for me to hold, so my dad let the front stock rest in his open hand while I held the rest of the rifle, aimed and fired at targets.  By age 6, I was holding the rifle by myself and had become a pretty good shot.  I killed my first rabbit at age 6 and was so proud of myself.  At age 9 I was hunting birds with a shotgun, rabbits with a rifle and deer with a bow and arrow.

When I was ten, I begged my dad for my own rifle, but he said they couldn’t afford to buy guns for my two older brothers and me, so we either shared or borrowed from my grandfather.  Oh how I wanted to have my very own gun to hunt with, but it wasn’t until some years later that I was finally able to afford to buy my own.

There are millions of boys in America that have grown up in families that like to hunt, fish, camp, hike and target shoot.  Most of those boys were probably like me, longing to have their very own gun.  Some of them are fortunate enough to realize that dream and I couldn’t be happier for them.

One of those lucky lads was Josh Moore.  A few days before his 11th birthday, his dad, Shawn Moore, presented him with his own .22 caliber rifle which appears similar to an assault-style rifle.  Josh was so excited.  He dressed up in his hunting camos and posed with his new rifle and huge grin.  Like many proud fathers, Shawn posted the photo on his Facebook page.

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