My grandson cut his shooting teeth on a 25N..the first gun I got for him.
I like to outfit each of my grandkids out with a "starter's battery" of guns..
My grandson is now a spec ops Marine..just back from Iraq..
That little Marlin served him well, while in Iraq, he was his unit's "designated sniper"..
As a youngster, shooting groundhogs at the far edge of .22LR range, honed his skills..