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Posted: 5/14/2004 7:35:41 AM EST
My son's 5th birthday is coming up, and I am wondering what is an appropriate age to get him a BB gun or 22. My family was not into guns, so I didn't get my first gun until I bought it myself. I know the answer is dependent upon his maturity, but let's just assume that he is of average maturity. He listens to me and is pretty good about following directions.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 7:39:13 AM EST
At 5 or 6, he's ready for a bb gun, IMO. A .22 or .410 should be around 10-12 years old, depending on interest. 14-16 years old & they're certainly ready for a 12ga or .308 or .223.

My .o2
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 7:39:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 7:40:03 AM EST
I bought my son a Marlin Y-15, single shot bolt action .22 last year for his 5th birthday.

He only gets to shoot it when we go out together.

I do not think 5 is too young, if you supervise properly.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 8:23:17 AM EST
I think the most important factor is maturity. Some kids mature quickly and have obedient personalities. For such children, it's probably okay to start them at a younger age. My son will be five in October. He's very tall for his age (90th percentile according to the last doctor visit), and he's very obedient and mature. He's had one of those mini MP5 soft-air guns that he's used for the last 6 months when we go camping or in the backyard. He knows to not touch the trigger until he has the gun pointed at the target and knows to keep it pointed at the ground (or up) when not shooting the target. We will be getting him a "Crickett" single shot bolt action .22LR from Wal-Mart when he turns five in October. They're only $99 and they are the perfect size. A few months before, we'll probably get him a bolt action BB or pellet gun.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 8:50:04 AM EST
BB/pellet I got mine at 8 got it taken away at 8.5

22 had to buy my own at 18
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 8:52:48 AM EST
'Give' it to him now, but you keep control of it and he doesn't get to use it when you aren't around, at least for a few more years. I started shooting one at about age 4 with my dad standing over my shoulder.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:00:06 AM EST

Remember that little girls like to shoot also.

Don't neglect your daughters.


Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:02:43 AM EST
I got my BB gun at age 5, it seemed to work out well for me.

I was promised a .22 at age 10, but didn't get it until age 11 (I didn't misbehave or anything like that, I just wasn't given it).

Use the action with the BB gun to determine age for the .22, and action with the .22 to determine age for centerfire.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:02:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By illigb:
I bought my son a Marlin Y-15, single shot bolt action .22 last year for his 5th birthday.

He only gets to shoot it when we go out together.

I do not think 5 is too young, if you supervise properly.




My Oldest son got a combo .22/.410 on his 5th birth day. He can now shoot the eyes out of a fly at the age of 9. Well....he's getting there anyway.

My youngest son is 7 and he still isn't ready for the responsibility.

I think It depends on the Kid, but like the man said, they should be supervised properly.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:02:52 AM EST
I bought my son his first 22 when he was 6, it was youth model ,single shot 22. I think. He loved it and the single shot made him learn to make every shot count. Last year i got him a Walther p-22 for his first handgun. He is 12 now and I have a ruger 10/22 for him in safe now, but it is suprise for his B-day.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:18:06 AM EST
When he's smart enough not to shoot his eye out.




Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:19:23 AM EST
start them shooting at 3
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:20:36 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:31:06 AM EST
I was given a single shot .22 at 10 yrs old...
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 9:36:48 AM EST
Hell, you can get a hunting license here at 10! I started mine (all three of them) when they were two years old. I told my oldest (daughter) she can have here own AR-15 at ten and she is holding me to it. Planerench out.
Link Posted: 5/14/2004 11:47:52 AM EST
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