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Gun for Newborn Son

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JJNA, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. JJNA

    JJNA Well-Known Member

    I am thinking about purchasing a firearm to celebrate the birth of my firstborn son. I would engrave it with his name and birthdate and present it to him when he reaches suitable shooting age (5 or 6, depending how mature he is at that time).

    At first I thought of buying a youth sized rifle, but then he would not be able to use it after reaching adulthood. So perhaps I should buy a nice high grade 22LR caliber handgun.

    Does anyone have a recommendation?
  2. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Well-Known Member

    Maybe make it one where you can swap out the grips later, you don't know how big he is going to grow.
    And congratulations on your son! :)

    A single action revolver might be best for teaching new shooters, but he probably won't ever carry one, and I don't know of any really high quality ones.
    And make sure it doesn't wreck his college budget!
  3. MRIman

    MRIman Well-Known Member

    A nice AK will fit him at a young age. ;)
    But, a Ruger 10/22 can be had with a youth stock,then upgraded as he grows.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  4. KiltedClaymore

    KiltedClaymore Well-Known Member

    i'd recomend a nice .22 rifle, not a handgun. a Remington 121 pump .22 was my first gun, i still have/shoot it. but gramps got a deal on it from a friend who was looking to get rid of it, so a vintage .22 may be out of your price range. try a marlin semi auto like the 795 plinkster. as for age, first time i shot a gun was about 3 1/2 or 4 years old. not by myself, but prone in the bed of a relitives pickup. found i could hit 20 gallon propane tanks (empty) at 75 yards :p at that age.
  5. c1ogden

    c1ogden Well-Known Member

    I'd go with a Ruger Bearcat, a very small single action .22 revolver.

    I don't know if I'd engrave it because you or he might want to pass it on to a sibling or his own child.

    Several companies make small single shot bolt action .22 rifles. I have one called "Chipmunk" that my brother gave me for my kids. I believe Henry makes one also.

    Either of these is a good starter gun but they will outgrow them quickly.

    A good next step after the Bearcat is the Ruger Single Six, also a .22. I have two Colts, a Peacemaker and a New Frontier, that my kids are using now and I just bought them Ruger 10/22 compact rifles that they love. The rifles are a bit small but still useable for adults and I think they'd make great backpacking guns.
  6. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member

    another vote for ruger 10-22
  7. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    10/22 is nice, but I think a good Marlin lever gun would be nicer.


    Maybe a nice MKII pistol to go with it.

  8. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    "I don't know if I'd engrave it because you or he might want to pass it on to a sibling or his own child."

    Aesthetics vary, of course, but a passed-on gun (within a family, or perhaps among dear friends) with an engraving that reflects its connection to someone else doesn't sound bad or limiting -- I know there are a few items among my dad's stuff with his father's initials, and I think that's pretty neat.

    But getting a gun for a newborn is a great and thoughtful idea, full stop, so the details are just that -- details.

  9. rugerman

    rugerman Well-Known Member

    I second the 22 rifle idea. I bought my two sons a chipmunk when they were little (oldest was 5 youngest was 3) It was the perfect size and weight for them and they used it to learn how to shoot. When they outgrew it I loaned it to a friend's son who kept it for 3 years then it went to another kid who was real small due to a bout with leukemia, he kept it for a couple of years now its with another kid who is using it and after him his little brother has dibbs on it. Then it comes back to me for some new young shooter. Once they learn the basics with a rifle then they can learn to shoot a pistol. rugerman
  10. rugerman

    rugerman Well-Known Member

    The marlin 39 is a great gun but its a bit heavy for a little feller.
  11. BADUNAME37

    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    Wait until he is that age, then ask HIM what he would like. Maybe make up a nice little letter written now that you will give him when he turns 6 or 7 (or whatever age he can understand it).
  12. Tacbandit

    Tacbandit Well-Known Member

    Congrats...I did that with our daughter, but I waited until she turned a year old
    to get it...She'll have many firearms one day, but her first very own rifle is a Crickett .22 rifle, with a pink laminated stock. Looks kind of wild when you open the safe, swing open the door, see all the guns, and there's one that just kinda jumps out at you...Good luck, God bless, and raise 'em right...:)
  13. KiltedClaymore

    KiltedClaymore Well-Known Member

    the marlin is good once the guy builds some muscles. i tried to have my 11 year old niece shoot it, and she couldnt keep the gun still because she was straining to keep it shouldered (no, she isnt weak, i was given the gun around that age and i thought it was heavy too). so i got her a nice used savage bolt gun. now she pops the tops off milk just at 50 yards no problem.
  14. JackBurtonJr

    JackBurtonJr Well-Known Member

  15. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    +1 on Les Baer--maybe he can make the serial number be the date of birth--that's COOL!
  16. ToadPS

    ToadPS Well-Known Member

    Bought both of my sons Ruger RST's on the day of their birth. At age 28 and 23 respectively they both have enjoyed shooting these pistols for a long, long time. Great guns, fun to shoot.
  17. Picard

    Picard Well-Known Member

    Buy him an AR-15. You can get a lower laser engraved for free from Anvil Arms.

    I'd go with an EBR because he may not be able to buy one when he grows up. He'll grow to appreciate it.
  18. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    I really like the engraved Bearcat idea. I've seriously considered one of those for my own son too (he's just about to turn two, so I've got a couple years before there's any hurry).
  19. twoclones

    twoclones Well-Known Member

    I'll vote rifle. At 10 I received a 410/22 over and under which was passed on to each younger brother when they turned 10. My youngest brother gave it back to me and I still have it 40 years later.... That long gun has put a lot of squirrel in the frying pan!
  20. JJNA

    JJNA Well-Known Member

    Thank you for all the responses.

    I think engraving would work well even if my son were to have his own son and pass on the firearm. I think my future grandson would find that a nice touch.

    There are several down sides, but one up side of having a kid relatively late in life is that I am (relatively speaking) financially secure. So budget is not really an issue (although, obviously, I wouldn't go crazy like a high grade over-and-under shotgun or an English double gun).

    I thought a simple, but high grade 22LR pistol or rifle might be something he could use early on as a minor, yet still derive some enjoyment later in life as well.

    I'd appreciate more recommendations.

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