Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Vector, Dec 5, 2010.
you always want the person to enjoy shooting.
If their interest is more general, then yeah, start with a rifle.
That said it's great to start out learning on a .22. A .22 pistol of some kind would be great to start out with for practice. I suggest the ruger 22/45 and beretta neos. The ruger might be frustrating to newbies because it's a little tricky to put back together, while the neos is so easy to disassemble/reassemble. The ISSC M22 also looks promising.
If at 18 they cant readily learn firearm safety then they arent the kind of people that should be shooting them anyway. At 18 me and my friends were hunting in groups together.
a .22 is never a bad choice
9 is also good
But if you want to start heavy, practice a lot of dry fire and recoil control so not to develop a flinch.
Ammo can be expensive. Pick a firearm he can afford to shoot a lot.
If you want a centerfire cartridge though, I would suggest 9mm Luger or 5.56.
BUT a 12 GAUGE shotgun is where I would start. It's easier to learn how to "point" a shotgun if you haven't already had aiming a pistol or long gun ingrained into your mind. They are also great self-defense weapons, hunting tools, and fun to boot.
the most fun anyone can have with gunpowder: skeet, trap, sporting clays, & slugs...all that blows through cash quickly.
There's really no reason to start with a .22 in order to learn how to shoot.
Except minimal recoil and cheap ammo
You heard right. Get a bolt action 22. You will need to learn how to form a sight picture, how to control your breathing, how to control the trigger and much more. The best way to perfect these skills is with a 22 where you can afford to shoot hundreds of rounds without beating yourself up or breaking the bank. The skills you learn with a 22 are directly transferable to a centerfire rifle and you'll find that a good 22 is pretty much essential anyway.
Best of luck.
Lever actions have that cool Wild-Western appeal, or you can get into a
neat 22LR AR pretty cheap, too. They're all pretty accurate. If you decide to
become a competition shooter later, you can pick up some super-accurate bolt
action rifle later.
Marlim 39-A .22 lever action
Colt single-action .22 revolver
Later ---they went to Marlin 60 auto .22
Ruger 22 auto pistol
Forgot one: 9MM Uzi--16" & 2" barrel
Me as well. People ask me why I don't reload, to which I reply "because I shoot .22 instead."
Pistol safety, under adult supervision, at age 10.
And today, I'm as dangerous as I was back then.
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