My first "fire"arm was a Ruger 10/22 that I still have. My first "gun" was a Crossman BB gun, similar to their current 2100 model. No gun will ever match the number of pigeons, starlings and sparrows I killed with that thing.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.