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Old 04-15-2019, 11:31 AM
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Took my 7 year old to use my 1911 last weekend and he did very well with following safety rules, and considering the gun size, his shooting wasn't bad either. He was able to manipulate safety, mag release, and slide release with his left thumb. I want to get him a dedicated 22 and figured some here may have started shooting as a kid (I did not). My first experience was in Basic Training with the M16. Do you think it's better to start a child with a 22 pistol or a rifle? Considering ease of learning and transitioning to the other eventually. I'm thinking for a pistol, Ruger SR22 fits the bill. I'm still researching the rifles.

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Old 04-15-2019, 11:37 AM
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Started my granddaughter out with a bolt action single shot rifle. She learned safe gun handleing and fit the rifle.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:50 AM
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The Browning .22 and .380 1911s are a good fit for children and women with smaller hands. Also low recoil and less scary.

The Ruger Mark 4s are also good.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:55 AM
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First, kudos for getting your child exposed to shooting. Second, IMO, that’s a tad young to be thinking ‘first gun’........they’re just a long way from being totally trustworthy with regard to concentration.

Having said that, a single shot .22 rifle will teach them everything they need to learn about firearms now, with much less danger.

Handguns in little or inexperienced hands are asking for trouble. Too easy to point in an unsafe direction, even if you’re standing guard right there.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:57 AM
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Just make sure he can operate it without breaking any safety rules and let him decide.
Just my nickel's worth.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:11 PM
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I began with a .22 rifle.
Dad wanted me to "burn" the safety aspect into my head before he would let me use his Mark I.
He said it was easier for him to slap the barrel if it began to venture in his direction!
I was stuck with a rifle for two years...…..
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:12 PM
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Mark IV 22/45. Very light, good ergos, and fun.

I do not like the SR22 for new shooters due to the whole, DA/SA, safety as a decocker operation. I own one.

Rifle, either Ruger 10/22 or a M&P 15/22. The latter has the advantage of an adjustable stock. I also bought my girls a bolt action 22 for kids, but they quickly grew out of that.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:53 PM
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Thanks for all your inputs! I guess I implied the wrong thing when I said "first gun." It will be mine and locked up in the safe so he doesn't have access without me. It will be just designated for him mostly. Y'all have now got me thinking that a bolt action would be the safest route.

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Old 04-15-2019, 12:59 PM
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I was on the 'single shot bolt action' wagon for quite a while. Then I realized I could alter a detachable box magazine to hold one round. I got a Marlin 795 for the grandson and fixed the mag for one round. We'll be doing something similar to the Ruger Standard pistol soon.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:03 PM
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I started with a Remington single shot .22 when I was 7-8, still have it. Planning on teaching the grand children in a couple of years! Learning the basics, responsibility, cleaning, SAFETY are the important things.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:11 PM
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In my opinion, a rifle should be the first, and with iron sights at that. Much safer to start with and a great way to learn the basics. While 10/22s are fine and so are bolt rifles, of late I've come to consider the Browning BL-22 as probably the best teaching tool for small children. The 33-degree throw is a big, big plus, it's ultra smooth and light, and you can use S, L, & LR ammo. With the use of the short stock, it's great for a kid's short length of pull and when they outgrow that, you just swap out for the full length stock. My first firearms adventure was with a lever-action, and I think it went a long way towards getting me hooked on firearms in general. Again, just my 2-cents!!
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:14 PM
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Rifle first because it’s much harder for a kid to break safety rules like pointing it at the wrong things.
And depending on his size I’d suggest a single shot bolt action like a Cricket or a Henry lever action .22 which is a bit larger.
My son loves flipping his Henry.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:24 PM
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I’ve been shooting for close to 60 years. I spent 37 years in uniform, with guns part of my daily kit. I just retired from competitive shooting after 45+ years.

Recently, I’ve been having a little fling, with my first...a Win .22 SS with irons. Still fun, still relevant, still learning.

Can’t go wrong with a first gun that’s an all around combination of safe, and good lessons forever.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:40 PM
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I started my 5&7 year olds off three years ago on a cricket single shot with iron sights. Last year I got them a Ruger Bearcat Birdshead. Looking at .22 Henry youth lever guns next.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:00 PM
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The Browning .22 and .380 1911s are a good fit for children and women with smaller hands. Also low recoil and less scary.
The Browning 1911 /22 and .380 are pretty hard to beat. I actually let my little folks shoot these. I don’t know how big the average 7 year olds hands could be? But I would not start them with too much pistol. I think most people start kids off with much too big a gun... short chipmunk / cricket rifles and browning 1911-22 are plenty for youngsters. In my mind, if you want to teach kids to shoot, then you should had the right tools. Women like my wife with her little hands, love the Browning. The .380 is her pistol.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:44 PM
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A .22 rifle is never a bad choice for a first gun, but get a decent one, with a good trigger and accurate
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:52 PM
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I got my 8 year old Grandson a Savage Rascal last summer. It's a single shot .22 that he's very accurate with. The single shot is easier for me to keep track of what he's doing with it and he's learning to make every shot count. I've also been letting him shoot my S&W M34 .22, I think the little revolver is a good starter pistol for a child since it's light and accurate.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:36 PM
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:09 PM
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**** me, a 7yo has no business shooting a 45. First priority is safety, a big auto can get away from some. Second make shooting fun, easy and a positive learning experience.
Started my son at 4 single loaded Browning 22 auto. At 7 just the two of us shooting he got to try a 22 Ruger Bearcat single action. Be safe have fun and don’t over-face him.
You can never go wrong with a 22 rifle, takes longer for them to point a rifle at you.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:18 PM
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Took my 7 year old to use my 1911 last weekend and he did very well with following safety rules, and considering the gun size, his shooting wasn't bad either. He was able to manipulate safety, mag release, and slide release with his left thumb. I want to get him a dedicated 22 and figured some here may have started shooting as a kid (I did not). My first experience was in Basic Training with the M16. Do you think it's better to start a child with a 22 pistol or a rifle? Considering ease of learning and transitioning to the other eventually. I'm thinking for a pistol, Ruger SR22 fits the bill. I'm still researching the rifles.
Rifle, especially for boys. Things can, literally, go sideways too fast with a pistol.

At age six, my daughter’s birthday present was a Ruger 10/22. She was very serious about it and diid fine shooting it.

At age ten, my son seemed about ready for his Henry .22LR lever-action ... but he actually learned mostly shooting a “Chipmunk” and a CM-2. No need to place a hand in front of the muzzle to load the bolt-guns.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:54 PM
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:59 PM
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I think you’re following the right track FarmD, by teaching your son firearms safety, first. His knowledge could be rewarded if the little man progresses and continues to practice safe firearms handling, including being able to recite the 4 main rules of firearms safety and be able to provide examples of reasons why those safety precautions exist.

Then, I believe that a Ruger 10-22 Takedown would be my first choice for the little youngin. Comes in a handy backpack and quite a few accessories can be added later.


If a pistol is in his near future, as others have mentioned, I’d consider a Browning 1911-22.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:20 PM
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It's tough to beat a Cricket or a Chipmunk for a kids first gun.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:36 PM
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A winchester model 67 would be my pick.

If you can find one.
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