I bought my first high power rifle, a Rem. 700 BDL in 30/06, from Sears. Well, actually, my father bought it for me, but it's was my birthday money. I shot my first deer in PA at 17, and alot of groundhogs with that rifle.
My first shotgun was a break action Stevens 12ga. with a Tenite stock. I believed it weighed about 4 lbs. It killed from both ends. My little brother has that one now.