shouldazagged - And perhaps that's the story of how you chose your screen name.
Ditto to the Ruger and Luger issue. They sounded just enough alike by word of mouth to confuse you and it's not until I saw it in print that the confusion ended.
Never could hit squat with it until I got married in 1969 and one of the ROTC instructors at Washington University took pity on me. We lived in a small town in Illinois and he took me out and posted a target and got the gun sighted in. I killed my first groundhog with that gun.
- that is some patience there to stick with a gun 4 years without getting a hit. I might have taken up a different hobby by then were I in your shoes.