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Old October 24, 2013, 02:15 AM   #51
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As Para Bellum has said. Cant go wrong with a bolt rifle also. I know this is a hand gun section but hope we can branch out. My xt-22 might be large for a youth but is only 190 Dollars and I am sure you can find an old marlin youth model.
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Old October 24, 2013, 09:52 AM   #52
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I'm with the "get him a revolver" set,,,

I'm with the "get him a revolver" set,,,
But not necessarily a single-action cowboy gun.

If I had a kid to get started,,,
I would be looking for a used S&W J-Frame,,,
A 4" Model 34, 3.5" Model 43, or a 4" Model 63 would be perfect.

If your child takes to shooting,,,
It will be money well spent on an heirloom quality handgun.

If your child doesn't take to the shooting sports,,,
You have another fine .22 firearm for yourself,,,
Or you can easily re-sell it for what you paid.

It's a gun they would never outgrow,,,
Because you can easily find larger grips for them,,,
And if they are maintained properly they will last for a lifetime.

My best friend passed away last year at the age of 54,,,
I inherited the nickel Model 34 she has had since her 11th or 12th birthday.



We spent a lot of time at the range and I saw how much she shot that gun,,,
It has countless thousands of rounds through it and is still tight,,,
That gun was a very sound investment for her father.

Just my thoughts on the matter.

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Old October 24, 2013, 10:43 AM   #53
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Well, you're in a handgun forum, but I'd comment that any 9 year old should be taught the fundamentals of safety, sight picture and alignment, and trigger control with a more forgiving platform, ie. a rifle. Good habits there are more or less transferable to the short gun, and successfully hitting targets will give steady feedback.

A handgun is more of an experienced shooter's choice. Watch any range firing line, and note the number of shooters who wave that muzzle around effectively covering half the shooting line. A rifle is a far better choice, and easier for the coach to correct safety issues before they get out of hand.

Get him or her a Daisy air rifle, practice the fundamentals, instill the instinct for safety, then move on to a .22 rifle...the handgun transition will be a lot easier.

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Old October 24, 2013, 04:28 PM   #54
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starter guns for kids

Henry makes a slick locking lever action rifle in a youth size. This is a made-in-USA company with great service. I think the gun is about $500 however.
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Old October 27, 2013, 12:20 PM   #55
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.22 revolver. My first handgun was an early '60s Ruger Single Six with the extra .22 Mag. cylinder. Cheap to practice with the .22, maybe more challenging and rewarding with the .22 Mag. That's my 2ยข worth.
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Old October 28, 2013, 01:56 AM   #56
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Bamaboy started with a Ruger Bearcat at a very close range and a very large target, but only after he was pretty well schooled in safety, sights and trigger with a .22 rifle and iron sights from a bench. I'd guess a Single Six would be just as good or a Smith DA in .22 (kit gun). Seems like we shot the pistols from bench and bags as well in the initial stages.

We moved pretty quickly to a Ruger MkII std auto, but the pistol coming from on target to a low ready to reduce his rate of fire and emphasize the importance of a single accurate shot.

Darn kid whips me regularly now in IDPA.
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Old October 28, 2013, 06:57 AM   #57
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Really can't go wrong with a .22 rifle, but a .22 pistols a good bet too. I second the heritage rough rider. Not too costly if the youngster decides shooting isn't their thing, and a fun little gun.
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Old October 28, 2013, 09:27 AM   #58
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You might want to consider a Thompson Center Contender/Encore, chambered in .22rf to start with. A single-shot is a little more "forgiving" in terms of safe gun-handling and the .22 rimfire cartridge is cheap to shoot (though it used to be a lot cheaper ). As he gets older, there is a host of different cartridge choices he can "graduate" to and there are many different options available if he wants to personalize the gun, and, of course, the TC is the perfect handgun platform for installing a scope.
One drawback of the TC for a smaller person is its relatively large size.
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Old October 30, 2013, 02:53 PM   #59
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Thank you so far. Tomorrow we take the Marlin 822L (.22 WMR Rifle) to the range and try it out.

Please leave this thread here. Maybe the answer to this specific handgun question is a small caliber rifle like a .22lr or .22WMR.

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Old October 31, 2013, 03:01 PM   #60
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A .22 revolver is a fine place to start; a semi-auto will take a lot more effort, and can wait until he learns the basics.
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Old October 31, 2013, 04:10 PM   #61
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Well, you're in a handgun forum, but I'd comment that any 9 year old should be taught the fundamentals of safety, sight picture and alignment, and trigger control with a more forgiving platform, ie. a rifle. Good habits there are more or less transferable to the short gun, and successfully hitting targets will give steady feedback.
+100 . No semi-autos either... a good bolt-action like the Ruger American .22, or lever action .22 rifle like the Henry. Open sights. No scopes. After a lot of time with open sights, then transition (if desired) to a scope.
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Old October 31, 2013, 04:28 PM   #62
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A .22 revolver is a fine place to start; a semi-auto will take a lot more effort, and can wait until he learns the basics.
I don't see where a semi-auto like the Ruger Markwhatevers or the Browning buckmark would take any more effort than a wheelgun. They are single action guns with small grips that fit small hands pretty well. They are less complicated than a bicycle as far as controls, so I'm sure a kid could master it-mine all have.

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friend offered an interesting rifle: He won a Marlin 882L in .22 Mag in an IPSC competiton.
Of the 3 marlin rimfires at Rancho '86, the last one purchased (the 15ys) has an atrocious trigger- heavy and squishy. It was purchased just 2 years ago, IIRC ...... Remlin? The other two have seen significantly more use, particularly Eldest's gun, which is almost a decade old. It's bolt and trigger just keep getting slicker and slicker.

The Savage Cub is my favorite of the bunch, but the gun's owner never became a really enthusiastic shooter..... she's far more interested in boys .....
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Old October 31, 2013, 04:32 PM   #63
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I started my boys on Ruger MkIIs at 6. My 11 year old runs 5 shots on steel plates from the low ready in under 2 seconds now. The SIG mosquito and Revolver had triggers that were too heavy to start with.

If you can use subsonics, even better to start.
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Old November 1, 2013, 01:38 PM   #64
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Single shot rimfire like a Contender?
A SSA type like the Ruger Single Six?
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Old November 1, 2013, 05:22 PM   #65
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Savage 93R17-GV in .17HMR

...at the range the Marlin 822L (22WMR) was ok. But then at the gunshop we saw a Savage 93 with accutrigger etc. That's gonna be it. In .17HMR.

...just not sure whether I'll by it for the boy or for myself.
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Old November 28, 2013, 03:37 PM   #66
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I've had my mind changed. ;-)

Bought the Marlin 882L in 22 WMR which my friend had won at the IPSC competition years ago (and never shot). Now we're looking for a scope. I think it will be a Nikon Prostaff 4-12x40.

Have a good one,
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Old November 30, 2013, 11:52 PM   #67
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you cannot go with a .22 revolver
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Old December 11, 2013, 03:48 AM   #68
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You have an excellent fatherly instinct!
.22 revolver all the way!
Good luck, God bless, and enjoy your time with the youngin'!
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Old December 11, 2013, 09:16 AM   #69
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Even though my youngest daughter insists she "needs" a .44, .460, .500, or DE .50 I started her with a .22 buck mark and my 6" Mod 28 with light .38 hand loads. She started on a .22 single shot rifle first and is better with that but is progressing well with pistols.
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Old December 11, 2013, 11:20 AM   #70
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My GF's child (10 year old now) started with my .22 rifle.
Once in a while he would try my .22 handgun (Ruger MKxx, Browning, Buckmark).

I got a Ruger SR22. Fits his hand a lot better. It is what he shoots now when we shoot handgun. At first it was 1 round only in the mag. The number of rounds increased as my trust with his safety skills grew.

For the most part, he prefers to shoot his scoped .22LR marlin 795 semi-auto with shortened stock at 25 and 50 yards.

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handguns:
Anyone with small hands or children start out with the Ruger SR22.

Children:
start out with the rifle, then move to handguns - Ruger SR22.
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Old December 11, 2013, 10:09 PM   #71
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Ruger Bearcat.

OR

Ruger Single Six.
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