My shotgun is a 16ga. that belonged to my late father. Definitely not the best gun around, but no other gun will ever give me the same feeling when I take something with it. Although my step father is giving me his Browning 12ga. in a couple of years, so I'll alternate between them after that. He's the one who taught me everything, so it will be a special day when I first hunt with that Browning. My gun collection definitely contains the best collection of "hand-me-downs" a guy could ask for. I have a feeling, if my family were bowhunters, I wouldn't own a new bow either. My brother and I started that tradition, so our kids will be the first generation fortunate enough to get stuck with bow "hand-me-downs."
Respect - don't take it, unless you are willing to give it.
Responsibility - don't give it, unless you are willing to take it.