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  • Fishkiller

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    I started all my grandkids with a cricket. After two trips shooting they was done wit dat. Oldest likes the .17 and .22 mag. Her sister loves the Henry. Working on .223 bolt gun and .410 shotgun. Moving up the recoil ladder. Of course with my recent health probs we have no been out in a while and now deer season is upon us, so no target shooting for a few months.

    Anyway start with single shots weather in a bolt repeater or single shot gun. Get the mechanics down
     

    jrbfishn

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    For sure, but I'm not wasting money on a cricket rifle. Shooting has to be fun for a newbie. You can be accurate AND fast.
    I don't recomend the Cricket either. There are better options. Like my Savage mkii Precision with the Boyd's AT1adjustable stock. Something they could shoot over a lifetime. But it is hard to beat the price of the Rossi.
    But like has been said, as long as trigger control and aim is there, it really doesn't matter. It's just that with a semi, it's hard to slow some kids down enough to learn them.

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    andre3k

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    I am totally against a 6-10 year old with a semi auto anything Teach them to hunt first. IMO it is more important to have them see the results of a kill than learning to just shoot.
    I disagree.

    I didn't grow up around guns and nobody in my family hunted, but that doesn't mean that a young person shouldn't be taught to shoot.

    The action of the weapon is irrelevant. If it's a semi-auto and you want them to make every shot count, chamber a round, take the magazine out and you have a single shot rifle. It's all about what you teach and how you teach it. I'm still working with mine, but they started learning about firearms safety as soon as they could understand what I was saying.

    A good friend of mine never taught his son to shoot and 3 home invasion suspects broke into their home. Son called dad, and he had to walk him through the process of shooting a 1911 over the phone. Son killed one suspect as he walked up their stairs to where he was hiding. My buddy regrets not teaching his kids sooner.


     
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    ehull2000

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    I disagree.

    I didn't grow up around guns and nobody in my family hunted, but that doesn't mean that a young person shouldn't be taught to shoot.

    The action of the weapon is irrelevant. If it's a semi-auto and you want them to make every shot count, chamber a round, take the magazine out and you have a single shot rifle. It's all about what you teach and how you teach it. I'm still working with mine, but they started learning about firearms safety as soon as they could understand what I was saying.

    Agree. I did the same thing when teaching my son to shoot. Only one round in the magazine to start and build from there.
     

    Maxmax0341

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    Bought my oldest a savage little rascal, had it threaded, got a warlock II for it. That was ten years ago. It just not her thing...... I tried
     

    jrbfishn

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    Not every kid will take to it the same. Just like not every girl likes dolls and every boy wants a truck. Not every kid will want to shoot. Or be the next world champion shooter.
    Both of us boy's shot as kids. I am by far the better shot now. But as kids, our younger sister was actually a much better shot than either of us. She has no interest in guns and can't understand mine. Go figure.

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    or.slacker

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    I started both my kids with kid sized pump 22s. Teach them site picture, and good handling. They are easy to see if the action is open, and safe. Easy to shoot, good size tube mag. I bought each kids gun the year they were born, and they were the first person to ever shoot it, and learn on it. When they have families, they can hand them down.
     

    PinnedandRecessed

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    Any firearm can be a single shot if you're only allowed one round at a time. Get something they can grow into. Get something that gets THEM excited. I've seen plenty of kids pass on far superior firearms to shoot the cheap crapper that has a "cool" paint job or looks like something out of a video game. It is what it is.

    Also, RED DOTS MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. Everyone should learn how to use irons but the instant gratification, especially for new and/or casual shooters, that comes from red dots can not be denied.
     
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