I imagine it depends on your exposure to guns. I grew up with guns in the house, most people I know had them so by the time I bought my own gun it was like going to western auto to buy a crescent wrench.
Was going to buy a surplus 6.2mm rifle tey had barrels full on sale for $35.
Western auto had just gotten in a new handgun they called a varmint special, a Remington XP-100.
$99 plus the tax so put my money down, got my bill of sale(bought a box of .22 fireball also) and went home and shot up the ammo. Never gave any thought otherwise.
Consider, by then, I had a few 'gift' guns and already had gun safety and shot often, even competition.
I was excited about the gun, very accurate and long range. Later had the gun changed to 22-250, and better yet.