My dad retired as a full-bird Colonel from SOCOM, but he was a reservist his whole career. He is a Green Beret but the vast majority of his service fell in that valley of peace, unique in the history of the USA (and western world), between 1972 and 2001. As far as I know he has never purchased a gun. In 2009 I got a “deal” on a top notch, semi-custom AR 15 that I bought for him since my folks live out in the country now and there is bear shit all over their property. Although we like to take ourselves seriously here on TTAG, and we don’t “hit” (get it?) the range without purpose. On Father’s Day 2011 I showed my dad how to work the Butler Creek .22 magazine loader that was his present, and we spent most of the day plinking a 10/22 Compact (i.e. “youth model” b/c his shoulder is fucked up) at a cardboard box just for the fun of it. Did you commune father-and-son, or son-and-father via firearms on Father’s Day?