I loved cap guns at 5 and eventually moved up to a Stallion 38.
Did not start collecting guns really fast until age 40.
I would read on line about Leupold scopes, but they seemed too expensive.
But eventually I have found not to buy cheap:
But the most important, is no cheap scopes.
15 years ago, Ken Marsh had a web page called the "cheap scope page"
In there was a question, "What to do with a cheap scope?"
One of the many answers was, "give it to someone you don't like."
There are still traces of usenet