I spent many years in the U.S. Army and have fired a lot of different weapons. But to me a rifle is definitely the most fun, and most accurate, to shoot. My love of weapons have always been for rifles, I don't really care much for hand guns. Probably a minority in that area. As a young Southern boy from Oklahoma, I started out with firearms at an early age. And to think there are folks in New York city who are grown adults and have never fired a weapon or seen a live cow or horse in their lives. Never did much hunting and don't enjoy killing animals. Most of my shooting is for target practice and fun. Anyway, my 3 favorite rifles to shoot: 1. Marlin .22LR bolt action rifle: This is the weapon, and caliber, any young boy, or girl, should start out with. After all these years and all the weapons, this is still on the top of my list. The most fun to shoot. This caliber dates back to the American Civil War. 2. Savage Remington .223 bolt action rifle: This caliber is equivalent to the U.S. military 5.56 caliber on the M-16. More accurate than the M-16 since it is a bolt action. The less parts in a weapon the greater the accuracy. That's why most snipers use a bolt action rifle. Diameter is the same as a .22 bullet. 3. Weatherby 30-06 bolt action rifle: Weatherby makes some of the most beautiful and high quality rifles in the world. And to think that the M-16 started out as an Air Force 'plastic' rifle made by Mattel, a toy company. Even though it dates back to 1906 it is a great caliber to this day. A great sniper rifle through the years. Just add the scope. I was never much of a 'scope' man myself and prefer to use 'open' or 'iron' sites. Again, probably a minority in this area. True soldiers don't need scopes.