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#6853316 - 08/11/17 06:20 PM What age to start a young one on their first 22?
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I'm dying to trick out a Ruger 10/22 for my daughter but don't want to be a weirdo and buy it for her too early. I'd take her to the range and do short range paper targets and of course I'd be in control of everything. Just need to know what's a good age to start.
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#6853325 - 08/11/17 06:25 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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There's a similar thread about shotguns on the upland forum. Good question.
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#6853344 - 08/11/17 06:37 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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5-7 depending on the kid....

I let mine shoot coke cans and bottles (plastic) filled with water.....they loved having targets that exploded....
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#6853348 - 08/11/17 06:38 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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Got my son started just messing around with a BB gun at about 3 1/2 but just for fun. This yr on his 5th birthday I got him a cricket 22 that's fits him great and I like the fact it's a bolt action so he can learn the action early on. He has shot my 10/22 as well but it's hard for most kids to shoulder the stock and still reach the trigger the cricket is shorter and a better fit. We have played around with the cricket a few times but yesterday I took him to shoot and wanted to focus on the basics especially sight picture with open sights and trigger pull. His first couple targets weren't too great but he slowly was understanding that in order to hit the target you have to keep the same sight picture. We only shot at 25 yds but he did pretty well on his last 10 shots at a clean target. He loaded, aimed and shot all 10 rds on his own I was just standing there to ensure he was safe.
I would say age is always going to be based on their interest in shooting, their attention span, and their patience. Nothing wrong with giving it a shot at any age, maybe they are interested and pick it up quick maybe they need some more time.

His last target of the day
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#6853351 - 08/11/17 06:40 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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Right handed?
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#6853356 - 08/11/17 06:41 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Right handed?


Sadly, she's left handed.
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#6853361 - 08/11/17 06:43 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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Do you know which eye is dominate?
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#6853393 - 08/11/17 07:08 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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I would go bolt action for a first .22 rifle. Get them used to working a bolt and having one round to shoot. And the proper age depends on the kid. If the kid is wild, doesn't pay attention and doesn't listen, then IMO they might not be ready for a rifle yet.
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#6853415 - 08/11/17 07:30 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Do you know which eye is dominate?


Good question. Easy check for eye dominance that the kid doesn't have to think about. Stand about 10 feet away from them and ask them to point at your nose with their finger. You will be looking at their dominate eye over their finger.
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#6853421 - 08/11/17 07:37 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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My son already has his own Henry Silver Boy 22mag and he's only 2 months old! I can hardly wait.

I figure at 1 yr bday I'll build him his first AR.

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#6853434 - 08/11/17 07:55 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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Yep bolt action first....
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#6853450 - 08/11/17 08:12 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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I started on a Marlin golden boy with .22 shorts at 5ish. Some of the greatest times with my grandfather.
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#6853614 - 08/11/17 11:18 PM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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I second the Cricket .22. Bought one for my boy at 6yo. He turns 9 next month and will be getting a Rossi single shot .357 mag as his first deer rifle. Anything bigger than the cricket at 6 years old and he had a hard time getting it shouldered properly. At 7 I had him on the AR with the collapsible stock, but that would be too heavy for him to carry in the woods.
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#6853718 - 08/12/17 08:26 AM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Ruthless Robbie]
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Cricket.

Find out her dominant eye first. She may be left handed but if she's right eye dominant have her learn to shoot right handed.

If she left eye dominant no big deal having her learn on a right handed bolt gun.
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#6853776 - 08/12/17 09:56 AM Re: What age to start a young one on their first 22? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Cricket.

Find out her dominant eye first. She may be left handed but if she's right eye dominant have her learn to shoot right handed.

If she left eye dominant no big deal having her learn on a right handed bolt gun.

X2....
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