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unclebear 10-16-2011 07:20 AM

Most importent gun
To some of you all this is going to sound odd, but I think the most important gun I have ever owned was a BB gun. I grew up in the city limits so I couldn't go shooting when ever I wanted, granted the closest place to shoot was a short drive away but time was limited. So when I couldn't get to the range I went out back and shot my BB gun worked on my form...etc. Ammo was really cheap $10 for 1000 bb's at one point I was going through 3000 bb's a week. Well I'm older and I still have the same bb gun I even went out and bought a high powered pellet rifle for small game.

I honestly believe that the bb gun is one of the most important guns an person can own, just recently I got my oldest nephew one so he could shoot, granted he's not that great yet but he's getting there. Also I hope it will teach him proper gun safety so maybe when he gets a little older we can take him out to the range with the 22 (sister says he's too little) while me and my sister don't see eye to eye if it weren't for the bb gun I wouldn't shoot like I do today.

I hope to make this sort of thing a tradition in my family, just out of curiosity what do you all thing?

winds-of-change 10-16-2011 08:02 AM

Just curious, how old is your nephew?

I don't think it matters what gun you learn on, whether it be a BB gun or a regular gun. I had a BB gun pistol years ago and I was as reckless as all heck with it. I didn't KNOW it but I bought it on my own and shot it on my own. No one to instruct me or teach me what is right or wrong. I got my first real education and gun knowledge when I got interested in regular guns. So, I don't think it really matters which gun you are learning on, as long as there is someone there to instruct you. That's been my experience.

Firearms4ever 10-16-2011 08:55 AM

Gotta agree with W.O.C on this one. My uncle and grandfather taught me to shoot using an old Crossman BB gun that my uncle purchased when he was in his early to mid teens. I learned the fundamentals of marksmanship and saftey through mostly my uncle, who is still in the Air Force, and has numerous medals for marksmanship. Over the years my knowledge and interest in firearms/shooting grew, which has gotten me to where I am today.

NDCent 10-16-2011 10:54 AM

Yep, I would have to agree with WOC also. My over protective mother wouldn't let me have a BB gun, until I swapped a buddy out of an old one without her knowledge. I didn't put anyones eye out, as the old saying goes, but I didn't learn proper/sufficient firearms safety and training until my BIL took me under his wing. A BB gun would be a great starter, but someone needs to supervise and teach good safety habits from the start before hard to break bad habits learned, IMO.

winds-of-change 10-16-2011 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by NDCent (Post 602516)
Yep, I would have to agree with WOC also. My over protective mother wouldn't let me have a BB gun, until I swapped a buddy out of an old one without her knowledge.

:o :( I was one of those Mothers, too. My Dad gave my son a BB gun and I hid it. Now I take my son shooting "real" guns with me. My kids all think I've gone nuts with such a drastic change of opinion. I just didn't know any better. :(

OC357 10-16-2011 02:02 PM

Yup, my first "gun" was a BB gun and I learned with it. I still have one. It is a good way to learn safety and have someone to instruct you in proper handling, etc.


ninjatoth 10-16-2011 06:56 PM

I would buy your nephew one of them high end airsoft guns and tell your sister that it's just airsoft.A good airsoft rifle will launch a bb@500fps accuratley and powerful enough to punch through a pop can.

Chainfire 10-16-2011 09:30 PM

When I was a kid growing up in a small town, bb guns were all the rage. At the time you bougt bbs in a paper tube, and if I remember correctly, it was 350 bbs and the tube cost a dime. We shot so much we all became excellent shots. With my Daisy pump, (single pump repeater) I could hit anything I could see within range. (Boy, that ship has sailed)

My bb days ended at about 14 years old when my best friend banked a shot off a cherry tree and popped me dead in the eye. I spent about a week in the hospital to keep from losing the eye. My mother made the bb gun go away.........

unclebear 10-17-2011 04:35 AM

my sister doesn't want him to shoot actual guns yet, His dad takes him out and lets him shoot it teaches him what he needs to know. One of the main reason when I was a younger a BB guns was a great thing to have was I could practice all the time esp when my old man was working all the time. Granted BB's have serious limitations it still was good for form.

I had to work to get my BB gun, and granted at the same time the same thing that let me shoot all time also got me in trouble on a regular basis. I think they're great for kids that can't get out to the range.

JD1969 10-17-2011 01:48 PM

I started with a bb gun when I was about 7. It was a single pump spring bb rifle, not a an air rifle. I could hardly pump the thing. I think most kids in my area had them at the time, we would shoot cans and whatever else we could set up in the back yard. Good times and I learned how to handle a firearm. I moved on to a 20 gauge at 11, but I still shot that bb gun well into my teens.

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