The 22 long gun is a good idea. That's what I started my son out with. Easy to handle and easy to feed. My son had "his" first gun when he hit his 14th birthday when he got "his" 10/22. (My wife was standing in the background saying "Yeah... right... 'his' gun..)
A 92FS?? Hell! I have a hard time with the size of the grip of that double stacker. If her expects his little girl to handle that, she must have some pretty big paws!
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Every time I clean this gun I am more impressed how well it is made. You must let her handle it. The grip is pretty large and there is a long reach to he trigger.
If you do get i for her, get her another "Italian". The Beretta CX4 Storm. Light and fun to shoot and you an get it in 9mm,.40 even .45. Get the 9mm. Best part is that the mags are interchangeable with e 92fs. Just double check that "your" CX4 is compatible with e 92fs and not the PX4 Storm handgun. Some are. With 9 mm 15gr. the CX4 has been accurate out to 100 yds. Haven't tried further.
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I love my Henry .22LR for plinking. Plus, the lever action is a ton of fun at the range. :)
I am seriously considering a 30-30 lever action as well. Thanks for your contribution.
Not trolling. Just hamfistedly emphasizing that I will support her in learning to shoot and developing her skills. Further information:
My daughter has decided to pursue a career as a nurse. I feel that that career can be hazardous at times so I am getting her started early with a lot of training and safety and self defense classes. I did purchase a Beretta for her with five magazines and a decent leather holster. She will start shooting it June first.
I didn't want to get her the Beretta. She shot several hundred rounds through a rental at the range and would not even touch another handgun. I have "carpenter's hands" (wide and square) and my son and I enjoy shooting my FNP 45. It a big ol' double stack 45 and I guess big hands run in my family. I did really really like the Ruger SR9 for her but she would not have it. She wanted the Beretta.
I have thought about it and I think all the suggestions for her plinking with a .22 long gun make excellent sense. I first shot a .22 at the age of 5 and I forgot how much fun that is for a first time shooter.
As far as "killing anybody" that was something somebody put in her head about the "assault rifles". I will eventually have to purge that nonsensical dislike of AR and other military style rifles from her head. I will just have to keep her safe and enjoying this pastime and ease her into the more military style weapons. (They are just too useful for home defense and a wide variety of lawful applications to let some phobia get in the way) Thank you all for your time and your careful consideration of my question.
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One of the local gun shops actually had a Cx4 Storm in 9MM. I am playing with the idea of getting her that but they want $900.00 for it. I can get a lot of other 9mm carbines for less money. I do like the idea of her having a set of Berettas. It satisfies my O/C brain. I also like the idea of her being able to stick with 9mm until she is willing to move to a more powerful weapon.
I am currently planning to get her a Ruger 10/22 rifle for her very first long gun. I may get silly and get her the CX4 AND the Ruger just to give her that neat little 9mm raygun.
As far as the CX4 mag compatibility you can order a kit from Beretta with adapters for the different style Beretta magazines you want for the CX4. They have (reportedly) a 92FS kit and a PX4 kit so you can swap either way.
Last edited by BadgerSix; 05-11-2012 at 12:20 AM. Reason: Want to add some information about the CX4 and magazine compatibility.
I've been lurking on this forum for a while, but finally decided to register so I could share my experience with the Beretta 92FS. I bought this gun a few months ago after trying out a number of SA pistols, and I absolutely love it. I have small, almost child-like hands, and short fingers. This is not a small pistol, and the grip may be a little bigger than on some pistols, but I actually prefer a thicker, longer grip. I feel like I have more control of the gun; I hate the Glock 19 for this very reason - the grip just doesn't feel substantial enough to me. The Beretta is fun to shoot, low recoil, and very accurate. I hope your daughter enjoys it!