When I was 13 my dad handed me a dozen Victor #4 traps, showed me how to de-scent them and told me to see what I could catch. I still have them. I also got my first 22, a Monkey Wards Western Field single shot. Later in high school I was learning to handload for my 264 Win.Mag my uncle traded to my dad for a Browning shotgun.
I won my first match with that rifle and shot a small group at 100 yards that I still have in my original reloading book. Later I shot my first deer with that rifle. My son has continued many of these traditions.