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Old 04-28-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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I am going to get a new pistol for my 10 y/o son. I have been looking to do this for a few months, and then I got the May/June issue of Front Sight with a heading of "Focus on Juniors." Needless to say, my son scooped it up as soon as I brought it in, and read the article.

I competed in USPSA for 4 or 5 years then hurt my back at work. Many procedures, and 3 surgeries later, I am on Disability now but am ready to get back into some matches. My son...he's chomping at the bit. He has a Ruger SR22, and a S&W M&P15-22 that he has been shooting for a year and a half. I told him that I will buy him a new pistol if he promises to get good grades (he's an A student), and practices a lot.

My question here is, "What pistol have you bought for your son or daughter?" I plan to start him in production....seems the logical choice, to me. But I would like to know what y'all have picked for your kids first centerfire pistol. Is that platform working out well? My son is 4' 10" tall at 10y/o. I am a 1911, and Glock guy. But the first pistol I thought of for him is a S&W M&P9. Thanks in advance for your input!

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I am going to get a new pistol for my 10 y/o son. I have been looking to do this for a few months, and then I got the May/June issue of Front Sight with a heading of "Focus on Juniors." Needless to say, my son scooped it up as soon as I brought it in, and read the article.

I competed in USPSA for 4 or 5 years then hurt my back at work. Many procedures, and 3 surgeries later, I am on Disability now but am ready to get back into some matches. My son...he's chomping at the bit. He has a Ruger SR22, and a S&W M&P15-22 that he has been shooting for a year and a half. I told him that I will buy him a new pistol if he promises to get good grades (he's an A student), and practices a lot.

My question here is, "What pistol have you bought for your son or daughter?" I plan to start him in production....seems the logical choice, to me. But I would like to know what y'all have picked for your kids first centerfire pistol. Is that platform working out well? My son is 4' 10" tall at 10y/o. I am a 1911, and Glock guy. But the first pistol I thought of for him is a S&W M&P9. Thanks in advance for your input!
how about the Ruger Mk III 22/45 Target Model. adjustable sights, scope option with the supplied bases, very accurate and decently priced. i gave $275 for mine NIB last year. great pistol and a joy to shoot.

http://ruger.com/products/2245Target/models.html
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Yes indeed, I own a 22/45. He has a SR22 that he is efficient with. I'm looking to graduate him to a 9mm. Thanks for the input!

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Glock 17 (or Glock 34) would work. Common, cheap mags, easy to work on
and tune up the trigger etc.

How big are his hands? A M&P or XD might be a better choice---they can
be tuned to hand size a little easier. Trigger work and magazines are a bit more
expensive.

Do you reload? If so, you might consider a 40 instead of a 9. Same basic
size. You can download 40 to minor and it's almost like cheating---then
later load it major and compete in L10 and Limited.

He already has a SR22? How about a SR9? It's on the Production gun
approved list. I can't say I've seen many of them at matches, but
I really haven't been paying attention to what people are shooting in
Production lately.

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Yes indeed, I own a 22/45. He has a SR22 that he is efficient with. I'm looking to graduate him to a 9mm. Thanks for the input!
okay, i misunderstood about the moving him up to the 9mm.

how about a revolver in 38 special? might also check out the several that Smith and Wesson made in their Ladysmith line of pistols, revolvers and semi-autos. made for smaller hands, in 38 and 9mm.
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If I had to choose I'd say Ruger's new LC380. It seems to be a light recoiling handgun compared to the LCP ,which is from my experience too sharp for a 10/11yr. old. Let him feel what is most comfortable and easy to handle for him.

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I'm going to make an assumption here---at 4'10" and 10 yrs old he has fairly small hands.

Since you are a 1911 guy, do you happen to have a 9mm 1911? If so, you might mod it
to shoot Single Stack/L10 minor like my wifes 1911's. She has really small hands.

Flat Mainspring housing
Thin grip panels (you have to use thin grip bushings)
Short trigger
Low pad thumb safety (Brownells)
Mitchell right side mag release

All reversible as he grows into the gun.

Load us some 147's at 130 power factor, grab some
Dawson or Tripp 10 rd mags and start shooting.

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Took him to a couple gun shops and his top picks were the SR9, and the M&P9 Pro. There are a few factors playing in this choice. A....what fits his hand best, and being comfortable with the grip. B....his proficiency with this gun. Fact is, both of these pistols are on my list. So.....fiscally, the SR9 will come first, but they will both be in my safe soon. And depending on the fit and feel.....in my son's safe in a few months. Thanks for the input all!! Good stuff.

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