1st Gun for my fast growing young man. What should it be?

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    1st Gun for my fast growing young man. What should it be?

    Hi All, Need some help. My oldest Boy is turning 12 years old soon and I wont to get hem hes first Gun for hes birthday. Should I get hem a 20gage shotgun or a 22 rifle? In your opinion what would be the better chose to teach hem the fundamentals of gun ownership.
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    .22 rifle. Les expensive,less recoil, less noise. If he is anticipating the recoil, he might be jerking or flinching. Basics are easy to teach without the recoil. Maybe look into NRA JR. programs if he enjoys shooting. sure taught me more about fine rifle control than even my dad knew. Every kid should get a .22 bolt gun.
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    I'd start out with a nice .22 LR rifle....perhaps a bolt action.

    If you elect to go the semi-auto route then I recommend the fine Ruger 10/22.

    After explaining the mechanics of his first rifle, safety, stances, ammo choices, etc. and he demonstrates an increased level of proficency and interest, maybe then get him into shotgunning.
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    20ga is more versatile. Bird shot or slugs. Might be pricier than a .22, but you get two with one stone. My first gun was a NEF Pardner 20ga 26" single shot break action shotgun. Kmart special for $70 back in '93. Still have it. I would rather have that than a .22, IMO.
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    If you go bolt gun , you can use .22 short, long or LR. CB rounds are great starting out , because no need for earplugs , and easy to instruct with.
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    ruger or marlin .22 would be my vote
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    I'd go with the .22LR. The 10/22 is probably the best bang for the buck and it is the rifle that I learned on.

    Wait until he is a little older for the shotgun. I think the first time I fired a shotgun was at age 13.
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    .22 rifle and a WHOLE lot of ammo.
    He'll have it forever. I still have mine and I'm 60 and shoot it to death.

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    I have to agree with the .22 crowd. After I graduated from the BB gun, I started off with a Marlin .22, It died several years ago and I replaced it with a 10-22. That is going to be my sons first gun.
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    Yes, another vote for the .22 rifle. It is something every gun owner should have in the armory and for a young shooter starting out it gives everything they need for learning good skills, safety rules and of course - cheap to run!

    Small gauge shottie is good but for me that'd be #2 on the list - further down the line.
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    Where I grew up, a lot of the boys would get out of school for dove season. As I recall, those that started with shotguns generally started with .410. Those of us who started out plinking, like I did with my grandfather, started on .22's. If I were you, I would start him on .22, and once he had the basics of marksmanship and maintenance down, then expand to shotguns.
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    I have a rossi pump .22 and love it. The 10-22 is great because you can customize to your liking (stocks, magazines, etc). Most importantly is the time you spend with your child and HAVE A GREAT TIME !!!

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    Shotgun....

    I have to say a shotgun. I started out at about the same age, with a 16gauge double. This was given to me by my Grandfather who also taught me how to properly handle a firearm. The hunting trips we enjoyed, instilled in me respect for the animals we were harvesting and also helped me learn, the leathal nature of the weapon that I was now responsible for...
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    I thought every boy's first gun was a 22lr
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    I would get him a Marlin Bolt action 22.Thats what I got my oldest daughter but I got hers in 22 magnum so she could use it for more than target practice.
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