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Youth Shotguns and Rifles: Give the Gift of a Gun (Page 2)

If your kids are mature enough to start shooting while they're in grade school, that's the time to put a gun in their hands and get them hooked.

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3 Responses to Youth Shotguns and Rifles: Give the Gift of a Gun (Page 2)

Bret Sorensen wrote:
February 12, 2011

Take two guns in the same caliber and same loads, and the lighter gun is going to kick more. With a 22lr, this is not an issue, but a .243 does have a bit of a kick to it, and it is even more noticeable on youth models. Even a .410 in a youth model has some kick to it. I have not been convinced that youth models, with the exception of .22lr, are worth it.

Steve Hammer wrote:
December 23, 2010

My father taught me so forty years ago to use the right tool for the job. My son started with my first gun, a Winchester 37A Youth 410 and I bought him a Savage Mark II GLY 22 and yes the "L" is for left-hand. Then a 20ga OU and a Savage FLY in 223. Then a Rem 700 in 30-06 and a Browning 12ga BPS. As your kid out grow them you can let you grandchildren grow into them. I am hoping for 4-5 generations of use. Maybe someday a great-grandchild will grow into my right-hand 7mm Rem Mag.

Lowell Bennett wrote:
December 13, 2010

Just a warning from a parent, 25 years ago I made the mistake of listning to the "experts", and bought a light weight 20 instead of a 410 for my 12 year old daughter. Three shots with the lightest loads I could find had her turning to me with tears in her eyes, and "This hurts, I want to go home." Now at 37, magnum handguns are fun, high power rifles are OK, but "SHOTGUNS HURT." Basically the same thing happened this fall with the 11 year old son of a friend, with the new 20 gauge bolt action slug gun his father bought for the boy. Three shots and the boy decided that he did not want to go hunting this year,