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Old January 14, 2019, 11:22 AM   #26
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I'm not sure why a firearm is out of the question because both my daughter and son got 22's when they were 4 years old. Pretty typical for Texans...
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Old January 14, 2019, 03:11 PM   #27
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if the young lady has interest in being taught?
Yep. She was being veeery patient to have a go whilst I was sighting in the rifle. I felt bad then because it was taking me ages to get sighted in due to a shifting crosswind!

As it happens I've just bought this.

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I'm not sure why a firearm is out of the question because both my daughter and son got 22's when they were 4 years old. Pretty typical for Texans...
Because the firearms law here states that if I get another firearm, I also need to upgrade my safe. So the fees needed to buy another gun, the gun itself and a new safe. That is a big expense for me and she may not even be that enthused in the future. So air rifle it is.

If she likes it there is my CZ 452 waiting for her when she's a bit older/bigger.
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Old January 15, 2019, 11:14 AM   #28
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Where on Earth do you live, Pond?
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Old January 16, 2019, 12:23 AM   #29
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The fine, but presently chilly, Republic of Estonia.
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Old January 16, 2019, 04:02 AM   #30
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Surveys I've read show many start shooting at about 7 years. But it's not just an but is the child mature enough ? strong enough to handle the gun. And in my thoughts the shooting should be with a single shot gun !! Then you have the idea etched in your brain -- I have only one shot ,make it count ! A magazine fed especially a semi-auto and your brain says if I miss the first I'll get it with the second .
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Old January 16, 2019, 04:12 AM   #31
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Well, the little carbine I linked earlier is single shot, will have a RDS fitted and now has a bipod, so she should have the stability and her physical strength is less of an issue.
She quotes rules about muzzle discipline so she’s receptive to safety rules. And she’s eager!

Failing that I have a second rifle to shoot!
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Old January 16, 2019, 05:30 AM   #32
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It sounds like you've got everything on track, PJP!
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Old January 16, 2019, 06:24 AM   #33
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Getting there. I think the RDS will be too high since I need an 11mm to weaver adaptor. Shame as it’s a 1 moa dot.

So may need a new RDS. I’m not blowing 100s on one so 5moa is the best I’ll get!

Still 5MOA at 50 is 2.5cm so not too bad for a kid to learn aiming with.
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Old January 18, 2019, 03:10 PM   #34
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Ended up with a new RDS. It’s no Aimpoint at €40 but it’s got a big lensand the dot is probably about 3 moa or a bit over.

I sighted in the open sights at 25m today and then did the same with the red dot.
I managed 1.5” groups with the open sights and about 2” with the red dot but the red dot is definitely the way to go for my daughter!!

So not amazing groups but all in all I really like this little thing. I see plinking in my future.
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Old January 20, 2019, 09:09 PM   #35
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The first time I ever pulled a trigger on a gun I was 6 and it was aimed at a groundhog in the field on my Grandfathers farm. It was with a Mossberg Mod 341 .22 bolt rifle. My Dad was with me, and he had earlier that day simply showed me how to hold it correctly, how to load, cock and aim that rifle, and I remember him showing me the safety and telling me it should always be ON until I'm ready to shoot. But... we didn't fire it! FWIW, I missed the groundhog and it scurried into it's hole. Would have been a cool story to tell that the first time I fired a gun I shot a groundhog. Never had a BB gun till I was in my 30's shooting bottles for fun.

As many have said, I agree there is no set age, the proper time to start a kid shooting depends GREATLY on the child's maturity and motor skills. I've met 6 year old kids that were more than ready SAFELY at that age, and I've met immature 10 year olds I wouldn't feel comfortable being around with a loaded gun even after they've been "trained". Of course THAT said... I've met plenty of people at all ages I wouldn't feel comfortable around with a loaded gun even though they legally own one. It takes a certain amount of common sense some don't have. THAT said... I'm nobodies judge and jury. JUST my personal opinion of them.
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