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Old August 22, 2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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First rifle for young man

I am helping my son's friend get familiar with firearms before he goes to. Basic training. He wants me to help him find an inexpensive .22 for practice. I don't currently have a .22 for him to borrow.

I'm checking out Marlin, Savage, and Mossberg. I don't know if he can afford a 10/22. Got any advice?
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Old August 22, 2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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Why not ask around locally? Someone likely has an AR they'd let him tryout.
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Old August 22, 2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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Love my marlin model 60!
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Old August 22, 2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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For a .22 I would look for a ruger 10 22
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Old August 22, 2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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I'm definitely going to ask at work tomorrow. For a new rifle I think the mod 60 may foot the bill. I have to find out what his budget is.
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Old August 23, 2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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Basic training might imply the Air Force. I don't know about current requirements but we only handled an M-16 once when I was enlisted in 1992. I never used a centerfire rifle before then.
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Old August 23, 2012, 10:03 PM   #7
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i just got out of basic about 6 months ago , you only shoot the m-16 one day, pretty much for the fun of it, if you get 23 out of 25 you get a ribbon but if you dont get any it doesnt matter, the rest of basic you just carry around a dummy m16 you can still take it apart and everything like a normal gun it just doesnt have a hammer and the barrel is to small to chamber a round, they teach all the parts and how to take things apart and everything. so you dont have to worry about that much, but it would be smart to get him comfortible with shooting something. if not im sure hele be fine, he has alot more things to worry about than just that ha
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Old August 24, 2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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I own this combination and I can't imagine much better:

Marlin Model 60 - $160-$180
Tech-Sights - $70

The Marlins that I have shot and own punch well above their weight in terms of accuracy.

The Marlin 795 is functionally the same gun as the 60 but has cheaper furniture and is ~$130.
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