Guns have always been a part of my life. As a child, I was given my first .22 at the age of four. It was a single-shot Stevens bolt-action .22 and my father kept the bolt in the glove-box of his automobile until Friday evenings when he would come home from work with two boxes of Federal .22 shorts and we would shoot tin cans with bad attitudes. My Grandfather would shoulder his old 12 gauge Long-Tom and let me shoot rabbits when we would walk to the mail box in the evenings before supper. I still have his Long-Tom. I bought my first shotgun, a .410 Mossberg bolt gun from my school bus driver, Mr. Ralph McCleary when I was in the third grade with money I made mowing lawns and shoveling snow. I bought my first pistol, a Colt Woodsman that I still own and shoot, when I was 13. The family owned two .22 semi-automatics, a 12 gauge Mossberg bolt-action with a poly-choke, a 1911 Remington Rand. a 1917 .Colt 45 acp Army revolver, a 20 gauge Sears and Roebucks pump gun, a .44 Magnum Marlin lever-action, and a Remington Woodmaster in .308. Shooting was a family sport and if we had a cook-out, the family or neighbors that stopped by would bring rifles, handguns, and shotguns. We would plink or shoot clays thrown with a hand thrower. Opening day of squirrel hunting season and dove season were as much a holiday to look forward to as Christmas or Thanks Giving. When our neighborhood became too populated for impromptu matches, we would drive down to the old river bridge over the Forked Deer and shoot leaves floating by. My Father sometimes shot on the National Guard rifle team so I often had access to a national match M14 without the selector of course, but all the Lake City NM ammo I wanted to shoot. I enjoy USPSA, IDPA, SASS, 3-gun, and Sporting Clays. I load for everything I shoot, not because it saves money; it doesn't. I load because it allows me to shoot more for the same amount of money. I am teaching my five year old grandson to shoot and bringing him into the culture. We are already discussing that there are no bad guns, only foolish, careless, or bad people. He understands this and life will tell which of these he becomes but my bet is on responsible, safe, and proffecient. Are you a member of the gun culture? Were you raised into it or did you decide at a later time, to adopt it? Do you mentor young shooters?