Firearms for dad/brother, help needed
This thread has two main questions. I am definately the "gun guy" in my family, my dad has a few, my older brother has a few, and I have a bunch. So naturally when the topic of a new firearm coming into the house comes up. everyone wants my advice. But I have discovered a wealth of knowledge here and and kinda stumped, so I figure that I will get some other opinions. Here are my two questions:
First, my younger brother is 17, and my father has decided that it is time for him to have his own firearm (17 is late, I know, I've been trying, but truth is I didn't get my first .22 rifle until I was 17.) I take him out to the range with me and he is getting more mature so yeah, I think he should have one too. Younger brother likes firearms (doesnt know that he is getting one yet thought), and has decided that he wants a pump action shotgun. Dad's idea is to get him a single shot 20 gauge, or some sort of .22 rifle. (Dad is worried that younger brother who is all of 5'8 and maybe 130#'s can't handle a 12 gauge even though he has shot mine.) Any ideas on good ways to convince dad to get him say a Mossberg 500 instead, or suggestions on good bolt action .22's?
Second, my dad really enjoys shooting his Ruger Mark 2. He doesn't know it yet but Ma wants to get him a new pistol for Christmas. The ergonomics and pointability are great for him. He just really enjoys shooting that pistol. Does anybody know of any other pistols in a larger caliber, preferably 9mm, that have similar grips/ergonimcs/weight/feel? (I know the Luger does, but they get a bit pricey.) My dad has said he wants a 9mm due to low ammo costs, and he just really likes that pistol, so if anyone knows of something with about the same feel in a 9mm, I would be grateful for the suggestions. Sorry about the length of the post, thanks in advance for the replies.
With Regard to the Pistol for Your Dad...
I'm not certain if its ergonomics are the same as a Ruger Mark II (since I've never fired that particular Ruger, so bear that in mind), but many people like the ergonomics of a Browning Hi-Power. Check one out and see what you think.
Good luck! I know you'll find something your Dad will love!