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    Daughter's First Firearm?

    My daughter told me she wants try learning how to shoot again. She's 11 and I took her to an outdoor range once with my dad. I think it was a little overwhelming for her as it was really crowded. She shot one of my dad's little .22 pistols once and that was a wrap. She played with her doll the rest of the time.

    Now that she's interested again, I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a good started rifle and pistol. She's staying with me for a few weeks in July and would like to surprise her with her own firearm, especially since I don't have anything small enough for her to shoot.


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    If you are wanting to stay with a 22, and that would probably be a good idea at her age ,I would think that the Ruger10/22 for a rifle would be a good choice. As far as the hand gun in 22 I might go with a revolver just because it is more simple to use than the auto so would make a good starter pistol.
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    Thanks, I'll check out the Ruger and yea, I agree with the revolver.

    I just found a pink one. I'm not really a fan of painted guns and 99% sure I wouldn't buy her a pink one but she would just FREAK if I gave her that! :hehe:

    http://www.gunbroker.com/auction/Vie...?Item=94357063


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    Ya I bought a ar 15 with collapsable stock so the grand kids could shoot it.

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    Rugers 10/22's are alot of fun to shoot and they have a ton of different stocks/accessories for them. My buddy just picked up one that has a silenced barrel(silencer built into the barrel). If you go with a pistol a revolver would probably be the way to go. If you want let me know when you guys are going and by then I'll have the suppressor for the walther P22. I can bring it out and let you guys try it.
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  7. I would have to agree the 10/22 is a very nice first gun. and as for the hand gun a revolver would be the best to start with.

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    I shot my neighbor's 10/22 and it was a nice shooting gun, however I am small (5' 2") and the length of pull on it was too long. It was also quite a bit heavier than my cheap Marlin 60 which made it a bit more difficult for me to shoot standing (this one was stainless with laminated stock, similar to the one in the auction but not pink :) ). If you go with the 10/22 for your daughter you may see if you can get a shorter stock on it and make sure to have some kind of rest to shoot off of at least for starters. Just my girl input. :03:

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    +1 on the 10/22. That's great that your daughter is interested in shooting at such a young age.
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  10. I have a Ruger 10/22 I love it I got the carbine version shorter barrel you might look at that.

    I gave my son my old 22 a Savage bolt action with a 7 round mag. My dad had been keeping it for squirrels and birds out in the BARN!! Well cleaned it up and my neighbor put a scope on it and I'll be darned if the old gun ain't a TACK DRIVER!!! 1 inch group at 50 yards which ain't bad for a 35 year old gun that spent the last 10 years out in a barn.

    My dad also has a Ruger Single Six 22 with a 9 inch barrel that I have been hoping to get. I think it is also a good one to consider. The long barrel makes it seaier to learn to shoot on longer site radius and all that.
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    We allow children as young as 7 years old shoot the Ruger 10/22 on our range. We have a special package for children that allows them to shoot a .22 S&W revolver, .22 Ruger Mk III and the Ruger 10/22. Children visiting from all over the world shoot at our range and seem to enjoy the experience.

    I recently got to shoot the Beretta Neos. It ate anything I fed it, and is extremely easy to clean.




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