I’ll start with my honorable mention, the proverbial Winchester lever action. Watching TV and movies, the Winchester was always the star no matter who carried one. Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Chuck Connors, Steve McQueen…while I have yet to own one, it was the match to the fuse.
Number 5: The Benjamin Sheridan .22 pump pellet rifle. My brother and I got this as the learning tool. We had to show we were responsible, safe and understood the basics of marksmanship with this.
Number 4: A Remington 341 Sportmaster. I learned a lot with this bolt action tube fed rifle and harvested small game.
Number 3: The M1 Carbine. I was fortunate enough to shoot one at a very young age. It taught me discipline, with 15 rounds in the mag doesn’t mean to spray and pray you hit the target.
Number 2: 03-A3, Smith Corona sporterized by my grand-dad. Given to me for my 14th birthday, I learned how to hunt with this rifle. Growing up in Wyoming offered me the privilege to hunt Antelope, Deer and Elk. It’s since been restored to it’s military issued glory.
Number 1: Remington 513-T Matchmaster. My brother and I joined the local indoor small-bore rifle team and using this rifle I shot competitive through high school. It taught me discipline, trigger control, how to focus on the task at hand. I feel it helped me as a Marine rifleman.