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My son is all of seven months old but I already have pre-approval from the boss to purchase a firearm for him. I have some ideas in mind but I don't want to limit anyone's imagination so I will withhold them for now. Here are the requirements that the firearm must meet:

1. Under $1,000.

2. Be a shooter. No safe queens allowed.

3. Common caliber or gauge in the midwest. .45, .22LR, .270, 20 g etc. = good. No .460 Weatherby Mag please.

4. Quality manufacturing.

5. No limit on type of firearm - pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun - they are all good.

6. Classic appearance that has potential to increase in value. I'm not interested in a futuristic looking weapon. I want something that my son will proudly pass on to his son or daughter.

7. Since he was born this year, bonus points for anything related to 2009.

Ok. There is no wrong answer here. If you feel the need to not follow one or more of the requirements, state your case!
 

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Ok Shadow. Great minds must think alike. The personalized Golden Boy is #1 on my list at the moment. Inexpensive, good looking, and you can change out the engraved receiver with a regular one and blast away.

But don't let this discourage anyone else from posting. I really want to look at all options.
 

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Mine is a 1959 vintage smith and wesson model 41 target pistol, its the gun dad taught me on, he has since passed on but that gun will be passed on and in the same tradtion it will be the one I teach my kids to shoot.
 

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What about 2 guns? A Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger Vaquero .45LC. The 10/22 is a classic .22 Rimfire rifle that will not go down in value, while the Vaquero is a classic design that every kid (regardless of age) likes. Should be able to pick up both for under the $100. budget.
 

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The Heny Goldenboy in .22 mag, is perfect.:hand10::yup:
 

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To me heirloom means something you already have and will pass on to the next generation. Your dad gives you the gun his dad gave him that sort of thing. Don't get me wrong your idea is just as good, a tradition has to start somewhere. If you have such a gun I would do that after the young one learns to properly care for and respect the responsibility of firearms. In lieu of already having such a gun I would say a Ruger 1022 would be appropriate for a first gun. They are relatively inexpensive, robust, dependable, and will last a lifetime.
 

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I second the 10/22, or even better the 77/22 All-Weather. The 77/22 is a bolt-action model that will require your son to slow down and take his time, instead of just blasting through the magazine as fast as he can.

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I think a nice Lever action or a 12 guage would be a great heirloom
 

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Personalized Engraved Henry Goldenboy in 22LR, .22 Magnum, or .17HMR with display.
Ok... now I think that says it all. Been around a long time, great guns and will last a long time with care. I would like to have one.
 

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To me heirloom means something you already have and will pass on to the next generation. Your dad gives you the gun his dad gave him that sort of thing. Don't get me wrong your idea is just as good, a tradition has to start somewhere. If you have such a gun I would do that after the young one learns to properly care for and respect the responsibility of firearms. In lieu of already having such a gun I would say a Ruger 1022 would be appropriate for a first gun. They are relatively inexpensive, robust, dependable, and will last a lifetime.
+10 good answer! An heirloom piece might just be that .22 you already have that 7 or 8 years from now you teach the little guy to shoot with. By the time he's 40, that old .22 will look solid gold to him.
Actually, my own dad gave me the .22 semi-auto rifle I wasn't supposed to use when I was a kid, but sometimes would sneak out anyway when he was at work. Maybe that was his intention all along... :yup:
 

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SBR M4 lower if legal where you live. Get the piston upper (7"/10"/14", etc) during the next funding authorization act (hopefully he is stil under 2-3years old by the time the proposed budget gets approved). Start gathering info for your "can" (aka silencer) budget proposal. Repeat until you get most, if not all, the items on the image below, preferably before he turns 10-12 years old (by that time you'll start your pistol budget requests). Now thats a family heirloom.

 
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