As has been said here many many many times before ......
Let him pick , shoot and clean a lot see what he likes ...What has he fired and so on
And why the safety? That is going to limited it ..A bit now ... Very few guns anymore have push button saftys
So the top pic I would say if you must have a manual job
1. Hi Power ..Classic guns shoots great
2. 1911 of course
3. Bretta 92 models
4. Many of the Taurus guns have them
Glock does not make any with a manual safties unless you have it custom done or add one on your own .Hint dont do this ... Sig does have some SAO model guns but most are for the compation market or are 1911s ..Either way pricer over say a stock sig
Hope he can try out several.
Budget an issue?
I'll throw out a couple that are easy to find. With safeties.
The Ruger SR series. I prefer the SR9C with a 10 rd for carry or the extended 17 rd for home. The extended mag gives a full size grip.
I do have a friend that bought a TAURUS PT111 MILLENIUM G2. He says it is consistent.
Safeties do nothing other than keep Mom and Dad happy.
If the kid finds the gun, the game is over. Safeties won't save the day. Now it's all luck.
Better, get a fast access safe. I have two boys. With HKs, SIGs, Glocks, j frames, you name it, and at least two loaded and ready to go at all times, they came through unscathed. They didn't know where the guns were, and even if they did they couldn't get to them.
One of the 1st generation M&P's with the magazine disconnect. Would allow it to be kept safely with a loaded chamber while the magazine was removed and simply inserting the magazine puts the pistol in ready to use condition.
As usual, when he has identified a variety of pistols that he thinks will suit his needs, he should then try to locate a range where he can rent them to see which ones he likes. He could handle them at a gun store but actually shooting each one is best.
I would recommend a Ruger SR series. the manual safety is a little stiffer than other models so the little one would have more trouble disengaging it if they got into it, but not so stiff that it will prevent deactivation when necessary.
all that said, keeping guns out of reach of the little ones is far safer than cocked and locked, teaching them about firearms early on is even better.
They've all forgotten about the venerable CZ75. Frame mounted safety, similar to the 1911. This is the most accurate, easy to shoot, reliable gun you can get for anywhere near the price...if you can find one.
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