i have several ruger .22s. and have shot several others. for a young one i would suggest the ruger single six. its has a great trigger and is very accurate. i think it helps teach the basics better than a semi would. as stated it has no mag to lose, and empty brass is easyier to find
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.