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Posted: 9/10/2004 2:46:48 PM EST
I need to introduce my dtr (eventually 8 mo son too) to firearms. What is a good short reach accurate 22lr bolt action rifle?
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 2:47:45 PM EST
kimber classic 22?
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 2:47:58 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 2:51:18 PM EST
I got a Chipmunk when I was about 7. I still have it and will go to my sons in a couple years. The older ones are NICE. All milled steel parts NO plastic. Newer chipmunks I have seen have plastic sight bases and a cheesy plastic cocking knob. The older one I got has a beautiful walnut stock also.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 2:58:23 PM EST
Daisy red ryder under the Christmas tree
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 2:59:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
Daisy red ryder under the Christmas tree



I agree with this one.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:03:10 PM EST
YOU'LL Shoot your eye out kid!!

AKASL
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:03:24 PM EST
Cap
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:04:03 PM EST
cricker, light and single shot.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:04:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
Daisy red ryder under the Christmas tree




YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID!!

AKASL
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:12:33 PM EST
I picked up a Marlin 15Y single shot .22 for $75 for my now 6 year old son. He was 5 when I bought it for him. It fits him pretty well.

He's been eyeing the ARs in the safe lately, though... I think he is drawn to the EBRs... it's like the Dark Side of the Force.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:22:25 PM EST
BB gun
Cricket
Marlin 15Y

If he doesn't have a BB gun yet get that + the .22 and when you feel he's a safe enough shooter not to cap you accidentally let him use the .22...
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:22:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 3:23:25 PM EST by StealthyBlagga]
On Monday I'll be building a .22LR M4gery for my 5 & 8 year old sons (collapsing stocks are great). I can't wait to see their faces... I'm doing it for the children .
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:25:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:27:10 PM EST
water gun, I wouldnt let a 5 year old use a real gun
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 3:28:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Cricket or Chipmunk--I think Henry makes one too.



+1 They work great w/ my kids.

Mike
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:06:44 PM EST
With his fathers supervision,Bushmaster Blacky with Stubby Stock.P.S. GOOD ear protection.He'll be a Black Rifle fan for Life.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:08:27 PM EST
Red Ryder and eye protection.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:13:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:14:44 PM EST
I got both of my sons a CZ Scout last year for Christmas. Single shot or a 5 and 10 round mag.Take a look at one before you buy.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:23:18 PM EST
How about a CO2 powered pellet gun? Your child should be wearing eye protection with shooting. I shoot a pellet gun with children all the time in my backyard.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:25:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Grock:
A 5 year old?
A squirt gun.
Maybe around 8 he will be ready for something more.



Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:31:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 6:35:10 PM EST by hoover]
Try an Armalite Licensed Airsoft , I am getting one of the Classic Army M15A4 Carbines to get my 6 year old son "gun safe". Try Total Airsoft for your purchase, it is the best price and service I have found.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:27:56 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:29:16 PM EST
5 year old? I'd go Nerf for him.
It's Nerf or Nuthin!
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:33:55 PM EST
I had a bbgun and when I turned 7 my dad gave me a 410
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:35:17 PM EST
I started my Daughter out with a Red Ryder.

a bit later, she moved up to the Rossi "Combo" (single shot, break action, interchangable bbls (.22lr/.410))
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:46:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bailey:

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
Daisy red ryder under the Christmas tree hr


I agree with this one.



+1 much safer than a real rifle.... can always graduate up later on, I'd say
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:52:47 PM EST
I'd either get a Benjamin Sheridan BB gun or....



a Remington 700 Sendero SF in .300 Remington Ultra Mag....

*No wait*.... that'd be for me.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:55:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By illigb:
I picked up a Marlin 15Y single shot .22 for $75 for my now 6 year old son. He was 5 when I bought it for him. It fits him pretty well.

He's been eyeing the ARs in the safe lately, though... I think he is drawn to the EBRs... it's like the Dark Side of the Force.




marlin 15Y was my first gun (age 5), now my 6 year old shoots it. next year my 4 year old will start. and my oldest will get a new rifle to call his own and the marlin will be passed down. when my 2 year old turns five he will get the marlin.

every family needs tradition.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 8:58:27 PM EST
Henry Mini-bolt. Just got my daughter's back from Chameleon Weaponry after having it done up in a purty purple and pink. It got lots of looks at the range the other day.


Woody
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 9:01:57 PM EST
Zebra (yellow plastic 'bb's)

Airsoft

Daisy/Crossman

my .02
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 9:41:35 PM EST
I got my son the "little buckaro".... think it was a marlin. It is single shot bolt action with a very short youth stock, it was very accurate and has integral scope rail.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 10:21:25 PM EST
a Specialized Hardrock.
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 11:27:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 11:29:47 PM EST by bobbyjack]
5 year old water guns or super soakers!

Bob
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 11:30:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 11:31:47 PM EST

Best gun for a 5 year old?
Oh, I would say that anything with the words "Nitro Express" or "Tyrannosaur" should do nicely for the aspiring lad.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 1:12:12 AM EST
My dad baught me a remington cowboy action single shot. At the time it was $20, 20 years ago. I still have it and it still is a blast to shoot.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 2:03:23 AM EST
super soaker

.22 lr or .177 pellets when he turns 8 or so in a single shot gun
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 2:36:15 AM EST
Well...normally I'd recommend a Mattel Thompson which used rolls of perforated caps...however since its no longer in production and you are looking for a .22....how about this one?

Link Posted: 9/11/2004 3:10:12 AM EST
I started my boys with a BB gun - at 5 mine didn't have the attention span to be safe.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 3:10:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
Daisy red ryder under the Christmas tree



+1
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 3:18:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By Skammy:
skammy.gotlag.com/images/109b.jpg



+1
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 3:58:44 AM EST
I've always believed that recoil should be less than a shooter's weight (think about it for a minute), considering a 5 year old weighs what, 60 pounds? I would go no higher than a .416 Rigby (57.5 pounds)
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 4:56:49 AM EST
Lead isn't good for young children, so I would go with a BB gun (using aluminum pellets only) until he hits 12 or 13 years old.

Using only jacketed rounds wouldn't help much with the lead issues, since most of the stuff you are exposed to is lead dust originating in the primer, or at least that's what I've been told.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 5:13:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By RELTOR:
I got a Chipmunk when I was about 7. I still have it and will go to my sons in a couple years. The older ones are NICE. All milled steel parts NO plastic. Newer chipmunks I have seen have plastic sight bases and a cheesy plastic cocking knob. The older one I got has a beautiful walnut stock also.




I was lucky enough to get in on a Chipmunk when they were still hand-made in Oregon. I bought it for my son on the day he was born. He started shooting it at 3 years old but all he could do was pull the triiger and hear it go "pop". By age 4 he had learned to cycle the action, load it and unload it. By late 4 or very early 5 he grasped the concept of open sight alignment and started hitting plastic 2 liter pop bottles at 25 yards. (Can you say head-shot?) ALL OF THIS IS UNDER THE CLOSEST SUPERVISION!

He's just turned 9 now and likes my M4gery. He thinks the Eotech 552 Revision E is easier than playing Nintendo.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 5:17:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2004 5:17:46 AM EST by pale_pony]

Originally Posted By Merrell:
I've always believed that recoil should be less than a shooter's weight (think about it for a minute), considering a 5 year old weighs what, 60 pounds? I would go no higher than a .416 Rigby (57.5 pounds)





My son can shoot anything in the safe that he wants to. He was with me at the range one day saw my 7mm Rem Mag scope bite the bridge of my nose when I crowded the scope too closely and fired. I offered it to him as he saw the blood running down my face (he hasn't wanted to try the 7mm just yet)
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 5:42:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2004 5:45:38 AM EST by Cyclic]
I never had a BB for my 5 year old, so I had to go with what I had. I started with him watching me shoot my Glock, and moved to him dry firing it. Then proceeded to use a silenced Ruger 22/45 with my help and directions easily heard with no hearing protection (except the silencer). Now we are doing the Ruger 10/22 scoped @ 100 yards on steel targets. I can positively say with the smaller kids they really like reactive targets. Metal pings, balloon pops, cans falling over, that deffinitily gives them feed back when they do it right. The 10/22 is still too big for him, I hold the front end while he aims with the stock under his arm. So far my last trip home, he got 8 out of 10 steel @ 100 yards, not too bad. For play time I held the stock of my 11/87 while he "hip" fired it.
Every once in awhile I shoot a melon or like kind to show the damage it can do, and them associate it with our dog or friends, to make sure he understands what miss using it will do. Every two or three months I or my wife do the "gun in the open" test. I take one of my guns, completely unload and secure the ammo, put the magazine back in and leave it out to check his reaction. Normally what happens is he calls "Dad, is your gun loaded?" followed by can you unload it so I can practice? Not once, not ever has he even touched it without asking. I make sure to expose him as much as I can to firearms. The only time he frustrated/embarrassed me was at Walmart he came running up, huge body tackle hug, slamming his head on my CHL Glock. He immeaditily, before I could do anything lifted my shirt all the way up and loudly said "Ow I hit my head on your gun!" hey
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 6:27:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2004 6:29:52 AM EST by iNuhBaDNayburhood]
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 8:12:15 AM EST
I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old, I almost shot my sister's eye out with a Daisy bb gun, I thought it was empty because I couldnt hear any bb's inside, luckily the bb hit her in the forehead instead of the eye

a 5 year old should only have toy pop guns or water guns, they just dont have enough common sense at that age.
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 4:43:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
I need to introduce my dtr (eventually 8 mo son too) to firearms. What is a good short reach accurate 22lr bolt action rifle?



Why not start them off with a BB gun first? Then graduate to a real firearm. I believe Henry makes a single shot bolt action that would fit small shooters...
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