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Old 01-19-2012, 03:33 AM   #11
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Start them off w/a .22 rifle. Chipmunk type is a good base line. If they tyke is too small for that, thry something like a 10-22 and have the stock cut way back. Replacement stocks are easily obtained so you can replace it with a longer one as he/she grows up.


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Old 01-19-2012, 04:08 AM   #12
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Like we all keep telling people that are looking at getting their wives and girlfriends a carry gun, take the future shooter with you to try them on for size.

As I said, my boy is pretty big for six (not a giant, but bigger than average), so I would have to doubt without seeing your girl that she is bigger than him. The Rossi youth, and NEF youth rifles were way to big. They are sized more for a kid around 12 years old or so.

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I appreciate all the advice guys. I'm going to look into every thing all of you had said and keep coming back to this post to see if any1 else has any thing further to say. I know with good advice and common sence ill get the little 1 shooting like a pro in no time.

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I bought a .22 auto from a pawn shop ($75) and cut off 5" of the stock with a hacksaw, worked perfect for a small 8 yr old. He still uses it 16 years later, it's a good plinker.

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When my daughter was 10 I got her set up on the AR; my then-8-year-old Son wasn't comfortable. He (although now nearly 10) loves the M&P 15-22 I picked up for the kids over Xmas.

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I suggest keeping with the BB Gun for at least another year or two.

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As far as her having her "own" rifle,i would keep her on the BB gun for a few more years. My son is 8 and even though i have let him shoot a few of my guns and explained firearms safety,i still dont think he is ready to be turned loose with even a BB gun yet.


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i would say stay with bb, pellat guns for a few more years, then move into .22lr. and then i would say go with a bolt. no need for a young one to have a semi auto. they will take more time with getting the fundamentals down with a bolt than a semi. kids with semi's tend to blast away. and then you spend more time reloading magazines than shooting. also. if theres a problem, malfunction its often easier to fix/ correct

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I started out with a Daisy BB gun, then a Pellet rifle, then at the age of 4 my Dad handed me a 20 gauge single shot shotgun. Needless to say it put me on my back and that was when I had respect for recoil. My Dad taught me everything from fishing to hunting. He still goes hunting like he did when I was young. He was hunting before I was born and was an excellent teacher on the fundamentals of firearm safety and usage.

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I would get him Cricket. I Have grand kids with 22 shorts it doesn't scare em and when they go up they can teach their kids.

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