First real gun for grandchild

First real gun for grandchild

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    First real gun for grandchild

    OK, I have pretty much made up my mind already, but I like to hear from other "more experienced " grandfathers as well. I have three grandchildren - 8,6, and 4. The 4 year old is going to have to wait, and the six year old is learning with a BB gun and, to be honest, so far she has shown very little interest but she is a pretty good shot! The oldest has been shooting a BB gun for two years and likes shooting. She gets a kick out of hitting her pop cans. She is getting close to the time when she gets her first gun. I am strongly favoring a Chiappa or Henry lever action rifle in .22. I started with a single shot (Ithaca single shot lever action) when I was nine and I certainly understand the value of learning on a single shot, but it bored me. I think a repeater has its merits. I am not against an automatic, but I am not sure it is a good starting rifle for a kid. What do you guys think would be a good starter gun (by the way - my son lives in the country and has built a very nice, very safe shooting range for .22's and pistols - most shooting would be at targets ).
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    Nothing says I love you more than a Henry.
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    Both of my little guys started with a magazine fed bolt gun. 22. I like that when it is shot, the gun is effectively empty until we do something. However, I believe a Henry will do the same with the lever. I like the bolt a bit better as the barrel is easier to keep dawn range. Both of my guys started with Marlin/Glenfields.

    I agree with your assessment of a single shot. Some kids will lose interest, and that little bolt gun can be just as safe with a magazine.
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    The solution to boredom comes by using a mag-fed bolt action, loaded one round at a time until the youngster is comfortable with more rounds in the mag. That saves buying a dedicated single shot that will probably become a safe queen. I bought a CZ 452 like this one:

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    My whole family enjoys this one because it is super accurate and everyone enjoys learning to hit the bullseye.

    The other gun everybody begs me to take to the range and is an excellent teaching gun is this little thing:

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    Original GSG MP5 SD 22LR. You can load this one one round at a time, but you have to use the magazine.
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    Im not grandfather, but I think a ruger 10/22 is a good choice because there is so much you can do with them.
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    I agree with the posters who recommended a bolt action .22. It's enough gun to keep them interested and easier to learn to shoot in that they do not have to reload and lose the sight picture, etc. It's also a good way to learn some of the mechanics of feeding a gun and working with magazines. Having said that, I have no particular gun in mind, but do recognize the quality and excellent customer service from Ruger.
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    I started my Daughter with a Cricket single shot bolt action because of the size. She got bored with it quickly and graduated to my Dad's Winchester 62A pump. She's 13 now and still enjoys shooting it, I think because it was her Grandpa's.

    I started her with 22 revolver last year.
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    A rifle with a manual action is a great starting place, and when the action is open it stays open, unlike an autoloader (in spite of hold-open devices).

    I prefer a detachable box magazine to tube-type simply because it's detachable. Easier to assess and confirm the unloaded condition than with the tube mag.

    The CZ455 Scout is a great starter rifle, and it even comes with a single-shot adapter. I've got 2 455s and they are solid rifles at a great price point, and built well enough to pass along to the next generation. Lots of info on them over at rimfirecentral.com.
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    I am a Grandfather that has purchased firearms for every Grandchild . Start them out on a Bolt action .22 work with them. As you do expose them to others and watch for signs they are ready . When they are up the game with higher end firearms.
    Few weeks back my 13 year old Granddaughter that hunts with a 10/22 and Ruger 243 for deer got a chance at the Ruger RPR 6.5 Creedmoore. She did so well when I was heading home a 150 miles away it stayed there so her Dad could work with her on it.
    Recently picked up a Ruger Precision Rimfire. Soon that will be in her hands it will challenge her to work harder. Getting the chance to pass on the joy of shooting to another generation. When they get a bit older watch the look on their face when you hand them a firearm used by their father or mother when they were at the same age, then send it home with them. When I look in my sons and daughter's vault it brings a smile to see the firearms they took with them when they went out on their own. Still used still as nice as the day they left.
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    I started my three boys on a single shot bolt .22 at age 6 and that very same gun has started 4 grand kids to date with more on their way up. I still do a lot of my hunting with single shot shotguns and rifles. I guess I still haven't gotten bored.
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    I am big fan of single shot .22's for kids (and even adults). My 12 year old son started on a dropping block hammered Savage at roughly 8 and is now progressing on his Expert NRA Smallbore rating using a single shot Savage bolt gun. He has a first year production Ruger Bearcat for sidearm training, including the full old school SA principle of load 1, skip 1, load 4, etc. for empty chamber safety.
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    Regardless of action, an ill-fitting .22 will be miserable to learn to shoot. Unfortunately, most "kid-size" rifles are single shots, and frankly, I hated all the single shots I had to use. Do your research and I'm sure you'll find a suitable .22 the kid will learn to enjoy and treasure.
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    Cricket .22, safety is more important than how soon they'll outgrow it. JMHO
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    I'm another that looks for guns that are easily made safe and that I can see from a distance that they are safe. As much as I like lever guns, that kind of lets them out. Its hard to see that the mag is empty. Where a mag fed bolt gun is easy.... No mag and bolt open makes a safe gun that I can see from across the table. Once they are a little older introduce the lever gun.

    One other thing about tube fed and long guns. All of my boys were small for their age. And could not hold up the extra weight of the loaded mag out front. Even by 10 or 11 they did not have the arm strength to hold a long barreled gun up. So we went from single shot guns to a Marlin 70PP or Papoose. It only had a 16" barrel and an abbreviated stock. That made it very light out front. Even today that's the gun they still want to shoot when we are plinking. Good Luck DR
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