Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Vector, Dec 5, 2010.
Best of luck.
For the same reasons stated above.
The .22 is a great first gun.
My choice for a second - once someone masters a .22 -- would be a .38 special (or .357 magnum). The .38 special is incredibly forgiving IMO, if the gun is a GP 100 or S&W L-frame recoil very mild, and ammo is relatively inexpensive for a center fire.
All of the simplistic trainablity of the Ruger, very nearly the accuracy, and a fraction of the cost. I carry them in both calibers and in 6" and 10" barrel lengths in the woods all the time as snake/squirrel/rabbit getters. As a first, I can't think of a better. That being said, if you can spend the money for the Ruger, of course go for the Ruger.
or a .410, 28,20ga shotty
Or if they want to start in centerfire, a 9mm hand gun (still would go .22 for a rifle)
ammo is a major expense, esp. if you are only 'kinda' into shooting.
A 22 LR rifle (semi auto, bolt, lever depending on your preference) is a great place to start and ammo is cheap. Based on my personal experiences, I'd reccomend a Ruger 10-22 as the starter rifle. They are an excellent mixture of price and accuracy and can be customized later on to just about any look you want.
The two things I would immediately add onto it would be TechSights (ghost ring rear and front post) and a USGI sling.
Then, I'd dig deep and spend the $80 and sign up for an Appleseed class nearby to learn basic marksmanship. I'd then practice for six months and take another Appleseed class. It's amazing at how much more will be learned/sink in taking the class a second time.
I'd be in no rush to get a second rifle and maybe wait a year or more. That way, at the range, you'd meet people and get to try some various rifles and find what you like and dislike and well as what aspect of shoot most interests you (for example, bulls eye shooting, social plinking at the range, hunting, clay sport shooting, etc.).
(Buckmarks, Ruger MKs, and S&W revolvers highly reccomended)
I don't get the responses re: rifle instead of handgun re: learning safety, muzzle control, etc.
no different for an 18 year old than a 36 year old or 54 year old, any 1st time handgun shooter
learning the rifle does not teach handgun control, no matter your age - for that you need a handgun, and no matter how expert a rifleman or wingshooter, it a whole other ballgame that can only be learned by way of instruction and practice
somebody oughta' tell Uncle Sam to quit teaching those 18 year olds to shoot handguns, restrict 'em to M4s and RPGs only ??
(if you truly believe you can teach handgun muzzle control with a rifle, well just teach 'em muzzle control with that BB rifle)
5 year old no, 18 year old yes, if want to learn handgun shooting, get 'em a 22 handgun, any flavor you/they prefer
and encourage them to vote RKBA
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