Well this is kind of a funny story.
My FIRST gun was a present from my father, as well as my 2nd and 3rd.
The fist gun that I bought was my Bushmaster AR.
It was during my post deployment leave in July of 2003 and I had just blown off meeting Lima in WI to hook back up with my ex, we had patched things up and I was going to propose to her...later (before I could pop the question) I found out about her and a little coke problem and broke things off, after I had all ready bought "The Ring."
I took the ring back to the jewelry store and told the clerk that I need to return an item, the clerk took the box and opened it and obviously recognized it as a wedding set and asked me what happened. I told him it was a long story and then he asked me what I was going to do. There was a gun show that day and I told him I was going to go buy a gun and his face turned as white as a sheet. I can only guess that he thought I was either going to gun down my ex or the jewelry store or something to that effect. I quickly explained my upbringing around guns, military service and the fact that I just liked guns and calmed his nerves. Why did I buy it? I just wanted one and thought that an AR variant was a fine "Welcome back" present to myself.
On a side note, the Bushmaster is now Lima's as I have my Noveske and she finds it very fitting that she is now in possession of the rifle that was funded by the return of a wedding ring that should have been hers in the first place...