My son just turned 13 a couple of days ago. I gave him my old 10/22 a couple of years ago. He loves it. The cool thing about the 10/22 is the ability to customize it. You can start out with the plain jane model for about $200-$250. But then as time goes on let him make changes that he wants. My son has a folding stock, a bipod, and a 25 roung mag on his.
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.