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chorst294 05-11-2008 03:23 PM

Which .22 for a kid?
I need you fine folks opinion. I've got a seven year old that I plan on buying his first .22. He's been shooting BB guns for quite some time and obeys all gun safety rules. We've been practicing with my Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22, and a Browning Buckmark. The rifles are too long for him to shoot comfortably, but he shoots the handgun very well. My question is, should I get him a youth model 10/22 rifle or a .22 handgun? I just think a rifle should be a young boys first gun. But I've been thinking about maybe a Beretta Neos, Ruger MKII, Browning Buckmark, etc... I need some opinions!!

NateCJ5 05-11-2008 03:36 PM

Rifle first IMO.

montveil 05-11-2008 07:40 PM

You may want to look into an inexpensive bolt and cut off the stock.
OR get a cheap stock for the 10/22 and cut it off and add back pads as he gets larger- finally with the original stock

fluffo63 05-12-2008 12:25 AM

..Mossberg plinkster,at wal-mart but it is a semi-auto,
light small,Syn stock, they shoot great and a real good
$price $109.00 + Tax..:D

ScottG 05-12-2008 02:13 AM


hillbilly68 05-12-2008 02:30 AM

Rifle first, definitely. Bolt action first, definitely. Good luck and thanks for keeping the tradition alive.

Flint Rock 05-12-2008 02:48 AM

No science or logic in my answer, but I vote for a single shot bolt action rifle. That's what my daddy started me with,,,,, 40 years ago, and it worked out pretty well. A bolt action SS makes you try harder and slow down, and that has to be a good thing for most any shooter.

Zappa 05-12-2008 03:05 AM

I agree that a single shot youth size rifle is the best way for a kid to start.
I remember a bolt action that was called a "Chipmunk", I'm not sure who made it, but it was sized perfectly for a child. Another great rifle for a kid is the Ithaca Model 49. It's a single shot, dropping-breach, lever action, that also requires the hammer be cocked manually before firing. I have one of these myself and still enjoy firing it on occassion. Too bad they don't make them anymore, but used ones can usually be found for about $100.

Dillinger 05-12-2008 07:09 PM

I have to agree with the forum members. Any child's first real weapon should be a single shot, bolt action style rifle. Teaches trigger discipline, round placement discipline and you will probably never have to worry about some "friend" taking it to school or anything...

If you browse through the "What was your first gun/rifle" thread you will see a lot of us got single shot .22 style rifles and most of us still have them.


stalkingbear 05-12-2008 10:19 PM

first rifle
I whole heartedly agree with a single shot rifle bolt action as a first rifle. A single shot WILL teach him marksmenship as he'll only have 1 shot,hence make the first shot count. Also single shots are a lot simpler to operate.

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