First firearm for my 10 year old son. Need help.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by eborden1122, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Hi All, i have a ten year old son who I want to buy him his first firearm for plinking with Dad(me). I dont want to blow allot of coin until I see the interest in him grow. I was thinking about a 22 rifle. Also, what about a scope? should i have one added? Thank you for your ideas and help.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    A youth size 22 single shot rifle with iorn sights -
    Check out pawn shops & local dealers for used-
    He'll outgrow it pretty fast-
     

  3. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    No kids of my own but I'll drop my .02 on ya...Ruger 10/22, inexpensive, you or him will NEVER outgrow it. Have him get good with the iron sights first, then move into a scope.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I second this. He may outgrow it, but not like he'll never be able to use it again. I know full grown men who squirrel hunt with crickets because they are cheap, light weight, and reasonably accurate.
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    This!

    First gun I bought with my own money was at age 10 and it was a Ruger 10/22. Started using iron sights and later added a 4x scope. I still own the gun and still shoot it to this day!
     
  6. GunRunner

    GunRunner New Member

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    I'm am suprised no one made the comment about "buying a 10 year old a gun" my son is 12 and immature and irresponsible. I have to tell my 9 year old to wash his face and brush his teath every morning. Your a lucky man just dont give him the keys to car just yet.......lol. I started my son out with nerf, then moved up to air soft but then again we live in the city and dont hunt so maybe that's the issue.
     
  7. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I should have made it clearer. I am not buying him a gun to run around and shoot. Its for when I take him to the range with me. The gun will be locked in my safe without his ability to access. Come on y'all give me more credit than that. :)
     
  8. jordan89

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    I would recommend a ruger 10/22. They make 1 round mags for the gun. I would buy one of those until you feel comfortable with him having more rounds. No one out grows a 10/22 ;)
     
  9. Jstrong

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    Ruger 10/22 or a Marlin model 60,rugers gonna have lots of aftermarket stuff but the Marlin is cheaper and is more accurate out of the box and with the mag tube it loads up just like his Daisy bb gun lol
     
  10. phburks

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    Kids will amaze you when you give them responsibility, set expectations, and then hold them to it. They can handle a lot more than many people think. When I was 12 my parents had no qualms about leaving me at home alone for hours at a time babysitting my 3 little brothers. Kids can never prove that they're responsible unless given the chance to do so.

    That DOESN'T mean they shouldn't be supervised though, especially when it comes to firearms. So OP, I say kudos to you. Its awesome you're teaching your kid properly at this age.
     
  11. trip286

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    Heck I got my first shotgun when I was 10. It stayed in my room, with the ammo. It was in a wall mounted gun rack with my pellet gun.
     
  12. HOSSFLY

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    410 bolt action when i was 10-
    22lr semi auto at 12-
    Was glad to get the 22---dang 410 kicked :eek: :p
     
  13. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I was a big ass kid. For reference I'm now 6 feet and 220 pounds. At ten years old, I was 5' 6" and 140. My first gun was a Mossberg 500 12 gauge.

    I kind of suspect that's part of the reason I have shoulder problems now. There is no way I should have been shooting that thing at 10 years old, even if I was big enough to handle it and liked the idea of blasting away with a cannon.
     
  14. Jeepergeo

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    22 LR bolt action, iron sights.

    If he has not already had a BB gun, that is where I'd start.

    And get him in to Hunters Safety Class ASAP.

    I have never know a boy that did not like shooting alongside his dad.
     
  15. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    2nd the 10/22

    I found a surpluss stock and cut it down for my oldest boy when he was 6. By age 12 he was ready for the original stock so I put the new stock and a 4x scope on it for his Bday. He thought it was a whole new gun! Have a 3 YO coming up behind him so we'll transition back to the shorty stock in another 3 years.
     
  16. MrWray

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    Another for the 10/22, it was my first gun whenever i was young..i still have it
     
  17. bradford027

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    I bought my my son a rossi youth single shot a couple years ago. Its a .22 and .410 (interchangable barrells). It has fiber optic iron sights and is tapped for a scope. Was like $120 at dicks sporting goods.
     
  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    22 rifle and iron sights. You can add a scope down the road if needed.

    Now once you made the decision of a 22 rifle, then the fun starts to determine which one. If coin is an issue, then you'll want to stay on the low end of prices. Marlin model 60 would probably be my first choice. Ruger 10/22 would probably be second.
     
  19. MrWray

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    +1 on keeping him on the iron sights for a while,teach him the fundamentals of shooting with iron sights first. That way he can become proficient with the iron first so he isnt just dependant on a scope
     
  20. utf59

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    I started off with a bolt action Marlin...great gun, and great memories. The good thing about the bolt action is that you have to focus on each shot — you can't just rip through the mag.

    The good thing about a 10/22, though, is that you can get all kinds of stuff for it. You should be able to find a stock that will fit him now, and one or more that will fit him as he grows.

    Add my vote to the iron sights first column.