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Old 12-12-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default time for my son to learn to shoot....hes 4 years old

Hi everyone.
I want to start teaching my 4 year old boy Gun safety & how to shoot.
Im not comfortable with him blasting a 22lr just yet.
So today in Walmart I saw a
Colt licensed bb gun kit(Airsoft 6mm plastic bbs).
It includes two guns both full authentic size and design.
M4 + quad rail, vert grip, and rail mounted light that works. 300 magazine and real working safety

Colt 1911 target barrel 15 rd magazine
Both are spring powered. U must Cock it after every shot.
They shoot fast enough to sting or put an eye out. Eye protection must ALWAYS be worn.

What do y'all think? Any tips from other / wiser dads (im 26).



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Old 12-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Just remember at 4 their attention span isn't as long as it's taking me to type this reply.

Main thing I can advise other than safety is having fun with it and not trying to teach too much right now. I started mine off at 6 with a Crosman 760.

If you push too hard too early it will take any enjoyment out of it and it will feel like a chore to them.



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I think a bb gun is a great start although only you can really say if your kid is ready to start shooting though. Some kids are a little more mature at a certain age than others and it depends on each kid. Try it and if he does well continue, if he doesn't listen, has no interest, etc maybe wait a little longer.

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if you think hes ready go for. but FIRST, have him watch eddie eagle, teach him the rules, and have him be able to repeat them.. not word for word, but needs to be understanding of them. then and only then have him hold the BB guns empty, have him practice pretend shooting, and follwing the rules. then have him fire. if at anytime a rule is broken the privilage should be temporarily removed. and go back to teaching, and empty practice. be sure he knows that it will get taken away if the rules arent followed.

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Just don't go too hard on him. My youngest would not hold the gun in a correct manner. It wasn't unsafe but just awkward. The butt under his armpit instead of in the shoulder. I kept working on getting him to change it to the point he almost didn't want to shoot anymore. Finally I stepped back and said go ahead do it your way. he somehow manages to shoot better than his brother who is 4 years his senior.

Obviously it will need to change when we move him up to something with a kick.

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So not a rifle? Rifles are easier to train with in my opinion. Progress will come faster as well.
I guess I'm prejudiced against Airsoft. To me, it brings a whole "Toy" impression to the whole proceedings. IMHO, you should consider a proper Air Rifle.
I'd recommend something of this nature:
http://www.amazon.com/Daisy-880-Multi-Pump-air-rifle/dp/B0018LER90
Why you ask?

It will shoot BBs or pellets. They are surprisingly accurate with pellets. Scope it and it will amaze you at 10 meters.
Multi pump action adds a bit of versatility. I use 2 or 3 pumps indoors. 10 pumps does good on cans at longer distances.
A Daisy BB gun used to be a traditional rite of passage for an American boy.
It's a "real gun" in that it shoots useful projectiles.
He can still use it as he grows up.
I still own the one (881) my Dad used to teach me. It still works great. My son shoots it now & again.
YMMV
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I let my son pop off a few every now and then with a .22 at that age.

But for his own gun, and to teach safety and such, there's nothing like a Nerf.

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So not a rifle? Rifles are to train with in my opinion. Progress will come faster as well.
I guess I'm prejudiced against Airsoft. To me, it brings a whole "Toy" impression to the whole proceedings. IMHO, you should consider a proper Air Rifle.
I'd recommend something of this nature:
http://www.amazon.com/Daisy-880-Multi-Pump-air-rifle/dp/B0018LER90
Why you ask?
It will shoot BBs or pellets. They are surprisingly accurate with pellets. Scope it and it will amaze you at 10 meters.
Multi pump action adds a bit of versatility. I use 2 or 3 pumps indoors. 10 pumps does good on cans at longer distances.
A Daisy BB gun used to be a traditional rite of passage for an American boy.
It's a "real gun" in that it shoots useful projectiles.
He can still use it as he grows up.
I still own the one (881) my Dad used to teach me. It still works great. My son shoots it now & again.
YMMV
Good points. I didn't realize what he had posted wasn't rifles. Daisy is good as is Crosman. I chose Crosman because the 760 is what I had as a kid
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Just don't go too hard on him. My youngest would not hold the gun in a correct manner. It wasn't unsafe but just awkward. The butt under his armpit instead of in the shoulder. I kept working on getting him to change it to the point he almost didn't want to shoot anymore. Finally I stepped back and said go ahead do it your way. he somehow manages to shoot better than his brother who is 4 years his senior.

Obviously it will need to change when we move him up to something with a kick.
That's how my daughter shoots the 10/22 under her armpit. She's small and shooting a standard 10/22, but she's a very good shot.
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Just don't go too hard on him. My youngest would not hold the gun in a correct manner. It wasn't unsafe but just awkward. The butt under his armpit instead of in the shoulder. I kept working on getting him to change it to the point he almost didn't want to shoot anymore. Finally I stepped back and said go ahead do it your way. he somehow manages to shoot better than his brother who is 4 years his senior.

Obviously it will need to change when we move him up to something with a kick.
ooo dont wanna give him a shotgun and say here do it your way? lol JK..


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