I remember thinking the manual that came with my Red Ryder was the coolest thing ever, namely the comic book esque art that showed both how to load and fire the gun, along with a discussion of the safety rules.
And learning that it is impossible to "flip-cock" a Red Ryder as well.
To go along with what BarryLee said, aside from Pops, some of the best rifle instruction I ever got was in the Boy Scouts.
If I were ever Chief Scout Executive, I would make the rifle merit badge Eagle required.
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Big Sister: "You should be sponsored by Allen"
Me: "If you can't shoot good, at least look good walking to the firing line."
Big Sister: "Can you not afford a Pelican? Then buy an Allen gun bag."