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  1. #11
    If they can walk, they can shoot a .17 or a .22....
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

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  3. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Gun for Hire View Post
    Thank you all so much for all your feedback. You have been very helpful. I really appreciate all of your information. My son is 6 and I know he is not ready yet, however I was trying to get a feel for what age is normally a good one to start out. He seems a bit interested but I don't feel he is ready. I have talked to him about safety, but the attention span at 6 isn't the greatest. In time I think he will be ready for his first little .22lr Rifle.
    Not to question your parenting, by any means, but here's my input:

    I don't know of many 6 year olds who's attention span is longer than their.....pinky finger when you talk to them. I think hands-on is the best way to go with them. Muscle memory is key on us as we train, but it's also important early on in developing patterns with cheelrins. Sit down with him at the house and teach him the operation of a .22. Repetition is key, and at each step, emphasize safety. Range time will be no different. He'll learn better if he's able to put his hands on it, and he'll enjoy it much more than just talking about guns. You might be selling him short by saying he's not ready. Try him out first, and I think he'll surprise you. Tiger Woods probably wouldn't be where he is now had his dad not taken him to the putting green at age 2.
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

  4. Check with your local 4h. They may have a program that starts with pellet guns at 7 and goes to 22 and shotguns.

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    I agree 8-10 is a good age but let them decide, but start teaching safety as soon as they undertand.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good" (George Washington)

  6. #15
    We got our kids started on the good ol' bb gun a couple of years ago (oldest were 4 and 6 then) They have learned safety (shooting with it is 100% supervised, just like with any "real" gun), how to line up the sights, and that shooting stuff is fun. We go to a mountain man event every year and the kids have shot black powder up there since they were 5 (with help and a light powder load). This past year my 8 year old out shot his dad, grandma and uncle at the competition up there. He has shot our .22 pistol and one shot from dad's .45 on a trip to the "range" (hill outside of town). He's also shot our .22 rifle, but doesn't have one of his own yet. I'm just not ready :)

    Anyway, after all that rambling, I'm in the category of start them as soon as they can pull the trigger and be safe doing it. Of course don't force it, every kid has a different level of desire. Keep it safe and fun.

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    Red face starting young

    My Father started me out with 22s and a SW 38special at 7-8 yrs old. I got my son a bb gun at 5yrs ( only used with supervision ) I ve got him practicing with a 22 rifle now that he is 7. I think I will introduce him to some handguns this yr also. Teach them about gun safety and handling early then they wont get in trouble being curious and get in trouble on there own. We've all been there.

  8. #17

    Thank You

    Thank you guys so much. I think after reading what you all have posted I am going to talk to him about getting a bb gun. Maybe take him shopping this weekend. See how interested he is in getting one. I will probably have just as much fun as he will seeing as I can't shoot my toys in the back yard but I can shoot his :). Anyway thank you all for your advice.

  9. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Gun for Hire View Post
    Thank you guys so much. I think after reading what you all have posted I am going to talk to him about getting a bb gun. Maybe take him shopping this weekend. See how interested he is in getting one. I will probably have just as much fun as he will seeing as I can't shoot my toys in the back yard but I can shoot his :). Anyway thank you all for your advice.
    I still have my Red Ryder that I got when I turned 10.....and I have yet to shoot my eye out.
    Victory rewards not the army that fires the most rounds, but who is the more accurate shot. ---Unknown

  10. #19
    I know that you don't want to hear a back in the old days story but here it comes..lol. At Christmas, age 7, I got my first 22 and a 50 count box of shells from my grandparents. It was an Ithaca mod 49 single shot. I was told " Don't shoot any songbirds, Grandmas chickens or Granddads cows, now go outside and play"

    I started my kids out on the same Ithaca 49 at age 7, but only when I was with them.

    I started my grandson out at age 6 with a BB gun. He is now 7 and when we go to the range he shoots the Ithaca 49.

    You can see that in in my family, over the last five generations of hunters and fishermen, the magic number is seven years of age.

  11. #20

    Talking Hands On Always!

    I started at 5 with a .22 and a .410. I started all 3 of my daughters out at 5 with a single shot .22 with me helping maintain control of the rifle. my 8 yo does good on her own at the range or in the woods with me. My 7 yo still needs a lot of attention ensuring she keeps the shooting end pointed the right way. My 6 yo is doing well but still needs hands on attention. I take them with to the military range here in Norfolk and they absolutly love the attention they get from the range masters:icon_razz:. I agree with every that said each child is different and you would want to go at the speed of the child.:bier:
    Jim
    "Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power."
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