I've always tried to keep a .22 rifle around. For years it was one or another of a series of Ruger 10/22's. From '01 to '07, it was a Browning BL-22.
The BL-22 was a sweet rifle. Slim and light, and topped with a fixed 4x Leupold rimfire scope, it was easy to carry and "minute of squirrel noggin" accurate. However it was also the only lever action rifle left in my collection by then, and I sold it, intending to replace it with a bolt-action CZ. When you have a whole bunch of Mausers and Mosins, a bolt-action .22 with iron sights makes a lot more sense than a glass-topped lever gun.
One thing and another, I never got that CZ and I remained without a .22 rifle until last Christmas, when a friend came through with a Marlin Papoose. Because you can never have enough magazines, I went to buy some additional 7-rounders for the Papoose at the Indy 1500. By mistake, the guy gave me two Papoose mags and one that didn't have the cutout for the bolt hold-open lever.
After a bit of checking, I determined that this fit the Marlin 980 and, as luck would have it, there was a stainless 980 on the shelf at Plainfield Shooting Supplies when I walked in with trading on my mind. Even better, when I got it home I discovered that, while 980S mags won't work in a Papoose, Papoose mags will work just fine in a 980S. And I have a whole bunch of Papoose mags, both 7- and 10-rounders.
Picture shamelessly boosted from the 980S page at Marlin's website.
So there we go; a serendipitous BAG Day purchase that fits an existing need and is cheap to shoot. Go Team Me!
Who else got something for Buy A Gun Day? I know Caleb's counting his new competition blaster with its Long Dorky Action trigger, and Robb got a P3AT, which is like a gun, only smaller. JayG got hisself an Argentine High Power.