Today, while flipping through the paper, I saw the ruger 10/22 carbine on sale at dicks, along with a brick of thunderbolts for 7 bucks. I've heard many goods things about the 10/22 on this forum, and it was recommended by the sales guy. I walked out with the gun, a gun case, a cleaning kit, and a brick of 500 thunderbolts for about 170. I'm 19 and i've never shot a "real" gun. I've owned and shot many airguns as a child, and i've always wanted a real firearm. However, at the time, 18 seemed so far away, and I turned to other, more accessible hobbies. So, now, I'm in a general state of feeling "good". I'm glad that i ever picked up an airgun, because I feel that it made somewhat of a foundation for me, ie. safety rules, how to aim w/iron sights). I feel that I've exercised my rights, and that I also fulfilled a childhood desire. Unfortunately, I have not fired it yet, because I had to come back to campus. I will, in a couple weeks when I go back home, and after I've read and re-read the owners manual. Until then, anything that you can tell me about my gun, guns, or just shooting in general is greatly appreciated. ps. I've heard that the thunderbolt jams easily in the 10/22, and in many other semi-auto rifles. Is this true? They sure were a bargain for plinking, and I'd hate to damage my new toy.