My third grandson was born today. Is it too early to start looking for another Marlin? I mean, a JM336 might be several thousand dollars by the time he is ready! I would hate for him to feel slighted in any way. What say the MOs?
To go 1 step further: clean your favorite gun within an inch of its life, put it up in a silicone gun sock, store in a dry safe & buy one more exactly like it to use. Then tell him that the day he was born, you put aside your favorite gun for him, and when he's old enough he will be the first person to shoot it since that day.
In the meantime you get to use the "same" gun... just a different serial number.
Congrats Grandpa!!!! He is an adorable baby from the pic... My 1st is now 8 months old and my daughter is pregnant with what I hope is my 1st granddaughter!!!
Erik is right, set aside one of yours for him and purchase another to replace it but your grandson would want something his grandpa owned and shot over his own.