What was the first MilSurp you ever picked up and fired? What age were you? Did you get hooked on them right there? What were the conditions surrounding it? This is my experence. Had a .22 since I was 8. Had a lot of shotguns but never had any centerfires. Had a bad experience and sold all the shotguns. Was bored one day back in 1997 and wandered into the local Sportsmans Guide Store. They sold all kinds of firearms back then. Had a very long case full of handguns. Racks of rifles behind the counters. Smoke poles hanging on the walls. And a wharehouse full of ammo. Finally asked the guy behind the counter what the special was for rifles. He brings these three Mauser M95's out of the back and says he would sell my choice to me for $50. I looked at the three, one did not have a bolt. One was really beat up. One had a stock that had a good size chip out of it. I picked the one with the chip out of it. And asked about ammo. The friendly sales guy said they had a case of 440 7x57Mauser for $27. So I said ya give me that too. He starts to ring it up and says in a quiet voice. I can give you a lil extra discount on the rifle. Give it to you for $30 instead seeing as your buying the ammo with it. I of course didnt argue with the gentleman. So got the M95 Chileno Mauser and the Ammo and left the store smiling. I took that rifle all apart cleaned it really well and took it out shooting that weekend. Like I said had shotguns but never a centerfire rifle before. I loaded it up and lit one off and BAAABOOOOMMMM that baby had me hooked the first shot. I shot that rifle. My relatives shot it. My friends shot it. My friends kids shot it. Friends of friends shot it. I still love shooting that rifle. So went back to SG the next week and the friendly sales guy was there. He said he would give me a deal on a lil different kind of rifle this time. Brought out a few M91 Mosin Nagants. Said he would give me my pick for $30 again. So I pick out one and get a case of ammo for it and take that one home. Thats how I got my 1893 M91 Chatterault Mosin Nagant for $30.