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New Rifle today!! My son turns 8!! His First-- Pics---

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AKElroy, Jul 11, 2009.

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  1. AKElroy

    AKElroy Member

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    Would love to see Pics of rifles purchased as a childs first; This is the proud dad Thread. Wife & I were buying for our son, turning 8. We were in academy looking at toy guns, and THE WIFE actually asked if it was time to graduate him to a real rifle. I have been looking at H&R Handy Rifles for years & always wanted one in .308 or 7mm-08. For an 8 year old, though, I really wanted a .243 to start him off with something a little easier on his young shoulder. We shot it in today & had to cut the range session short as they were closing, but I have it shooting minute-of-pig & am anxious to finish dialing it in. He got off a couple of rounds, felt center-fire recoil for the first time and has not quit jabbering about it. He is tickled pink. Here is his first rig---Show us yours!
     

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    Good times.......


    Can't wait for my boy to be old enough!
     
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    very nice, and even better he loves it!

    my dad gave me an old winchester model 55 .22 for my first that i plan on handing down.
     
  4. AKElroy

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    He has a hard time holding it, and has to sit on my lap to shoot it from the bench. He really needs another year to be able to manage it, but I figure it can't hurt to start early.
     
  5. Ohio Gun Guy

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    better to have it now then have to say; gee I wish I would have got him started back when he was.......
     
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    My daughter is 11, and she has no interest in shooting sports or hunting. I have a lot of regret for not starting her earlier. I may err on the side of too early starting him this soon, but unless I get shot I think it will turn out OK.
     
  7. BMF500

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    My nephew

    Here is my nephew with his first gun and first deer at 9 years old. Remmington 710 .234. Deer was killed in South Texas. My son is only 10 months, I'll have to wait for him.
     

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    Very cool! Another young one joins the crowd.
     
  9. AKElroy

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    Nice buck! That is a forever memory for your nephew. Big deer; I assume by "South" Texas you mean Webb county or the valley? I don't see too many hill country bucks that size.
     
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    Brackettville, about 30min from Del Rio. 160lb if I remember right. He was on top of the world that day. We want to see a similar pic of your son this winter....
     
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    Awesome-- I started with a .410, then went to a .22-- first time I shot a "Real rifle" -- a bolt 30-06, I knew I was in a new world-- of course, I was probably 9 or 10, and not only was my butt in the dirt, my shoulder hurt and did for days...

    Never been the same!

    COngrats to you and your son (oh and the wife BTW-- it was HER idea!)

    ;)
     
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    I took one a little smaller than that (140ish) last year not too far from there outside of La Pryor; I wish they grew that big anywhere near my Llano lease--I am probably more likely to post pics of him with his first piggy.
     
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    A proper right of passage. My first was also a .410; my grandpa thought it would be a riot to instruct me to hold the butt at least an inch AWAY from my shoulder. I was 10ish. He got a great laugh, I got a cool bruise that lasted a week.
     
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    Grandpas are so nice... Congrats to you, your wife, and your son!
     
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    I cannot dishonor his memory without a full explanation. He had initially instructed me to pull that stock firmly into my shoulder else that .410 would slap me pretty good. Of course, being 10, I knew far better, and told him it would not hurt at all if it was not touching my shoulder. He smiled, thought about the teaching opportunity for a moment, and said, "sounds great, give that a shot".
     
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    Outstanding !!!!! Can't wait for my boys to come of age. They are 4 and 5 and have already been plinking with a .22 Ithaca lever action @ 25 yrds...with dads help of course. Good times indeed.
     
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    Excellent, pig hunts are indeed fun. Wow,first guns are so cool. A sacred right of passage for an American boy. And then your hooked for life. I keep reading and checking this thread.....I'm having flash backs.
     
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    I'm expecting a daughter, due October 28th. Do you guys think it's too early to start looking for a great little gun to buy and put away for her? :D
     
  19. BMF500

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    NO!! Go for it man!
     
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    You are in a biased forum for this question, friend. What do you think? I have more guns than I can count purchased with "Legacy hand-downs" as a primary justification. Never be afraid to play the kid card. This purchase was different and special in that it is the first rifle given as a gift.
     
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    Congratulations to both of you. I'm glad you're passing on a legacy.
     
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    Thanks so much. It is well passed bedtime for him @ 10:08, and he has yet to put it down. I think he may actually develope the arm strength he needs before this day is out!
     
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    You and he will share many many happy hours together,as it should be..
    Congrats on starting him young,I did and it was a ball !!!!
     
  24. Clint C

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    I will never tell someone how to raise their kids.

    In my opinion though that is way to much rifle for a 8 year old boy and he should not be on a scoped rifle either.

    Start out with a BB gun, then a pellet rifle, then a .22lr, next comes a shotgun, and none of these should have a scope on them. Kids need to learn how to shoot before they can use a scope.

    Sorry if this offends, but this is how it is.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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