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    Quote Originally Posted by sawinredneck View Post
    Depends on what the person being trained is after. Most times even then, I try to start them on a 22 rifle to learn the basics of firearms safety, then move on to what they what to learn.
    I agree with this. For children who are learning initial gun handling, the 22lr. remains my go-to choice, preferably in a single-shot or manual repeating firearm.
    For adults who may have specific rasons why they are adding firearms to their lives, I let their goals dictate what I start them on within reason. The "within reason" meaning, that some people need to start out on much less gun than they think they do.

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    Just under 9 months of the new President and Gee 22lr in wal mart and some hardware stores again . the first in the last 8 years.

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    pump air guns will require muscle to work the pump. gas filled air guns will still require some adult intervention.

    a .22rf will allow well supervised complete control by the child.

    bolt actions will be the easiest/cheapest most efficient way to go, and most will allow adding a single shot follower to a detachable magazine. there's a vast array of .22rf ammo in order to tailor to the child's age as well, from the mouse toot aquila colibri, to the cci quiet .22, to the hotter mini-mags.

    imho, .22rf is still the way to go for introducing children of all ages to real guns.

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    I think the .22rf remains the best 1st. gun. 1st choice would be a bolt action single shot or clip fed (a clip fed can be loaded like a single shot. 2nd. choice would be a falling block single shot like the old Ithaca 49.

    In '60 I bought a #49 from a pawn shop for $12.00 (the butt stock had a huge chip missing about 4" long).

    I amputated the chipped area, slimmed down the fore end & did away with the fake magazine tube. I then added a Marble folding rear & Williams shorty ramp + a gold bead. That gun has served 2 generations of new shooters & a new crop will be ready for it in a few years (it's not as shiny as it was in the '60's, but the kids don't mind).


    I just ran across another one that needs a firing pin. I think I'll keep it full sized...........for me.
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    I wouldn't necessarily recommend any gun for a first gun, but I will always say that a keen shot will do well to have a quality spring powered air rifle in his armoury. Reason being is that all the recoil on a springer comes before the pellet leaves the barrel which makes hold and trigger pull consistency vital. A spring gun is a good teacher and a good trainer.
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    UKShootist makes good sense and I agree.

    In my day Fess Parker was the TV hero playing Davey Crockett, so the first gun I learned to use was a .45 cal. flintlock, patched ball muzzleloader. The flinter also reinforces follow-though and the necessity of wearing safety glasses. Both good lessons to learn early.

    My first revolver was an original 1860 Army Colt which happened to use the same round balls I cast for my rifle, so I was a well-armed young man. The percussion cap was miraculous!
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    Depending on how we interpret the question the answer for me would be "it depends".
    What do I recommend as a first gun - to shoot, to learn, to own?
    As some here have posted, I teach all novices, regardless of age, size, gender, Call of Duty experience, etc... on a .22 LR, typically a revolver. I then move them up to a 22 SA pistol, and then depending on their readiness and comfort level, I go up to a 357 mag revolver shooting 38 Spcl light/medium loads. And, I go from there. When I take them to rifle, it's 22 LR, either bolt or semi.

    As to what to buy, that truly depends on their needs and what are they looking to buy for. Though I always recommend they also own a 22 LR of some type to continue practicing.

    I have bought a rifle for my 8 YO son for him to learn on. I think we'll make it out to the range this summer. It's a Cricket single shot youth rifle in 22 LR.
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    with the advent of the colibri and super colibri .22rf cartridges, there is no need for an air gun. this ammo can be used in an urban household without the need for suppression, too. as such, a .22 bolt rifle can now run the power gamut from air rifle like bullets to super high speed types. couple that with a crickett rifle and there's an excellent low cost young one's introduction to learning firearm respect, safety, and marksmanship fun.

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    My first gun was a daisy. Age 4. My dad gave one to my brother and I. With strict can shoot sparrows and starlings but NO Robins. No windows and No people. I never shot any of brother on the other hand shot a robin. The woman next door (widow who watched us like a hawk) saw the whole thing. That dam brother of mine spoiled the whole gig. We got it back several months later though. First real gun was a 1906 version of a Winchester Model 1890. What a dandy gun to have for your first unit. I can still hear the action when I pumped in the 22 shorts. "gallery gun" and the bore showed it. Prolly shot a million rounds. We got that one when I was about 9 or 10. Killed lots of squirrels with it. Then my brother did it again...stuck the barrel in a mud puddle and pulled the trigger to "see what would happen" ...even with a short it cracked the last 3/4" of the barrel. Grrrrrr. Lost lots of the bit of accuracy it had. Then my sister "gave it" to one of her boyfriends who never returned it...sigh. It wasn't considered a valuable gun back in the 60's. Once you get used to a pump 22 you are hooked. I would trade all my bolts and semi autos for a good one now.
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    Air gun at a very young age.

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    I agree. We started with shooting BB's into a box trap to teach them how to use open sights.
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