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Posted: 11/19/2012 5:06:44 PM EST
My oldest brother in-law who is 22 is a bit of a man child but hes coming out of that stage. He's been attending a cultish christian collage and after 3 years he finally has had enough and is dropping out and getting a job. He's had 0 interest in firearms before, besides airsofts......

He shocked me the other day when he requested a rifle for a Christmas present when my wife asked him what he wanted. I was going to spend $50 and get him a decent pocket knife. I blew him off at first and then realized....I have this .22 setting up at the FFL that I accidentally won off GB for $35. I didn't want it so I left it under consignment.

So whats the hive say? Knife or save some $$$ and give him a single shot JC Higgins Model 41 .22Lr? I know its not "cool" but it'd be a good gun to learn to shoot with.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:08:13 PM EST
Are you going to hacksaw it first?
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:12:49 PM EST
A bolt .22 is the best rifle to learn how to shoot on other than a BB gun (you learn bullet drop quick). It may not be an AR or .300 Win Mag, but ammo is cheap and he won't develop a flinch.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:29:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By Booze:
Are you going to hacksaw it first?


No but I'll probably refinish the stock and reblue it.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:30:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:33:55 PM EST by ContrarianIndicator]
What does a cultish Christian collage look like?

Give him the .22
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:32:42 PM EST
Why not get him what he wants and help grow the ranks
of firearms owners. Then, take him out to the range, teach
him proper safety and shooting technique, and spend some
quality time with him?

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:33:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By tailo:
Originally Posted By Booze:
Are you going to hacksaw it first?


No but I'll probably refinish the stock and reblue it.


Meh, close enough. This works.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:34:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By ContrarianIndicator:
What does a cultish Christian collage look like?

Start him off with a FAL, it would be an insult to give him a .22



.22 + 1k good ammo makes a perfect first gun to learn on, sure beats a $50 knife

Mosin for Christmas next year
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:35:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By tailo:
My oldest brother in-law who is 22 is a bit of a man child but hes coming out of that stage. He's been attending a cultish christian collage and after 3 years he finally has had enough and is dropping out and getting a job. He's had 0 interest in firearms before, besides airsofts......

He shocked me the other day when he requested a rifle for a Christmas present when my wife asked him what he wanted. I was going to spend $50 and get him a decent pocket knife. I blew him off at first and then realized....I have this .22 setting up at the FFL that I accidentally won off GB for $35. I didn't want it so I left it under consignment.

So whats the hive say? Knife or save some $$$ and give him a single shot JC Higgins Model 41 .22Lr? I know its not "cool" but it'd be a good gun to learn to shoot with.


Not a big "collage" feller yerself, are ya?
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:37:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 5:40:54 PM EST by N2CH_556]
Safety
The Cardinal Rules of Firearms Safety

1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.

2. Never let the muzzle point at anything you are not willing to destroy.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you have made the decision to fire.

4. Identify your target and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified.




ETA: I don't know, but as much as it might be taken for granted sometimes new shooters just DON'T get these rules.. for some it takes a while for it to sink it. Just the level of consciousnesses and awareness that is required just isn't there for some folks. Good luck to you anyway. First, I'd invite him as a shooting buddy for multiple outings, and only then if you get the idea that he actually gives a shit about the 4 rules (and you followed up with plenty of links to threads and news articles of disaster stories where somebody killed their own family member, or had some "accident" where the gun just "wen't off" and other such examples (including the DEA Professional fotay operator video, etc), then the .22 would be a great gift.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:37:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By MACD:

Originally Posted By ContrarianIndicator:
What does a cultish Christian collage look like?

Start him off with a FAL, it would be an insult to give him a .22

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r316/MACDD/228px-PensacolaChristian.jpg

.22 + 1k good ammo makes a perfect first gun to learn on, sure beats a $50 knife

Mosin for Christmas next year


This is more of what I was thinking

Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By ContrarianIndicator:
Originally Posted By MACD:
Originally Posted By ContrarianIndicator:
What does a cultish Christian collage look like?
Start him off with a FAL, it would be an insult to give him a .22
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r316/MACDD/228px-PensacolaChristian.jpg
.22 + 1k good ammo makes a perfect first gun to learn on, sure beats a $50 knife
Mosin for Christmas next year
This is more of what I was thinking
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/heavenly_angellourdes/b66a00c9.jpg

"Hungry for His Presence" wow
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:48:05 PM EST
As long as you don't think he is too immature and might have an accident or do something stupid with it then the choice seems clear. He asked for a .22 rifle and you happen to have access to one at an inexpensive price. As long as you make sure he gets the knowledge to handle it safely and maintain it then it sounds like a great idea.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:50:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By AJ1018:
As long as you don't think he is too immature and might have an accident or do something stupid with it then the choice seems clear. He asked for a .22 rifle and you happen to have access to one at an inexpensive price. As long as you make sure he gets the knowledge to handle it safely and maintain it then it sounds like a great idea.


I'd submit if he's too immature at 22 to own a rifle, he's probably too immature
to drive, or own a knife.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 6:03:57 PM EST
In for the LULZ
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