My father, uncle, and grand fathers were all hunters. So naturally I grew up around the sight of deer hanging in the garage and the adults talking about hunting stories and new guns. I was age 12 when I first went shooting with my dad, 13 when I first went hunting, and 14 when I took my first deer. The first firearm I was introduced to was a springfield model 15. I think I went through a whole brick of .22 that day.
Besides hunting, I was/and am a huge history buff and likewise gun nut, I suppose. Though I'm not too old, my interest in shooting has only developed and complexed as age set in.