Intro Rifle


August 18, 2007, 12:09 AM
I'm looking for a rifle to introduce my niece (6yo) to shooting. Lever action would be ideal, maybe even semi-auto, I'd just prefer something that's not single-shot. Would a .410 shotgun or 20ga be too much for a kid to handle? What about a .22lr revolver? I'm absolutely clueless about what to do here, but I've got a couple months time before I actually get to go up north (VT) and see the kiddos.
I'm hoping to spend less than $200, including S&H and FFL fees over the 'net. Thanks guys :D

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August 18, 2007, 12:41 AM
Shotgun too much...22lr good rifle good! Then you can think about a pistol once you feel gun saftey is being observed!

August 18, 2007, 12:48 AM
Do you think pistols are less safe than rifles? That had never occurred to me. I figured that, if anything, a pistol would be easier for a little one to handle.

August 18, 2007, 12:51 AM
don't recommend a 410 for any kid. They have such small pellet charge they are for more accurate shooter (except I like them for squirrel hunting) They kick just as hard as a 20 ga. so I would get a 20 when she is older. Definitely get a 22 or a pellet rifle, can be shot indoors and are extremely cheap to shoot and not as dangerous.

August 18, 2007, 12:52 AM
Don't give a kid a handgun before a long gun, much more difficult to "watch the muzzle". Go with a stock Ruger 10/22, cheap dependable, and easy to learn.

August 18, 2007, 12:53 AM
A pistol is harder to maintain safety control of that is where the gun is being pointed while not firing. A single shot is best because you can tell if it is safe. It's broke open.

August 18, 2007, 01:03 AM
Good to know :D
Is the 10/22 Compact "Child Sized"? She's six, and what we call "big boned", but I'm concerned about her getting both hands on it. I'm going to help her hold it, but I want it to be something she can use all by her self.
She's a Big Girl, Uncle Mantua ;).
Thanks for all the help, guys.

August 18, 2007, 01:09 AM
The 10/22 should be fine, take her to the gun shop and check the fit if your concerned. It's not very heavy, not "child sized", but not large either...

August 18, 2007, 01:15 AM
*shrug* My first rifle was the Winchester 1890 in .22 Short. It was pretty heavy, and when the hammer fell, it would obstruct the view of the iron sights, precluding good follow through. I would go with any fairly short and light .22 LR bolt action, and single load for teaching purposes.
Hold magazines in reserve for down the road, once fundamentals have been mastered and safety rules fully internalized. Shooting isn't any less fun for being more deliberate.

August 18, 2007, 02:15 AM
10/22. I can't think of a better first gun, except maybe a bolt .22 (my first shooting experience as a wee lad).

August 18, 2007, 02:18 AM
They make a "Compact model" which sounds like a perfect kid gun.

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