Well, in truth, this wasn't his first time shooting, but it is the first time I had anyone else to take pictures! He's 2-1/2, and a precocious little turkey, so I felt he was ready to get started OD Green Savage Rascal, of which he can already manipulate the bolt, load and fire with my only assistance being to support the rifle. Proud daddy! I pretty much feel they're never too young to start learning. He's been drilled on what they are, the rules, and that he's never to touch without daddy's permission since about 14 months. The rifle hangs in his bedroom with the bolt removed. I feel that taking away the mystery and teaching kids to develop respect for weapons as early as possible is the only way!