First handgun I ever owned was a Standard Model 4". I was maybe 15, 16? Dad came up and sat on the edge of the bed and explained that they couldn't have it in time for Christmas due to the budget but they wanted to get me a .22 handgun for Christmas. The Ruger was my choice and of course it was under the tree Christmas morning.
Bought it at the hardware store up town. Used to love that place. Oiled wood floors, two aisles wide, maybe three or four long guns and a shelf of ammo but the guy who owned and ran it always had time to talk guns with me and my friends after school. Like most gun guys where I grew up he was a trap fiend. Never had the coordination for that.
Great guns and a nice find.
Decent law abiding people must fear criminals and the law while criminals have nothing to fear.