Best First Gun for Kids
Best First Gun for Kids – (.22 Rifle I Hate to Blow the Surprise)
The challenge of choosing the Best First Gun for Kids is a big responsibility for parents, but can help the family grow closer together. It is an unforgettable time for both the parents and the kids. I get to witness the bind that is created right on the floor of my Sporting Goods Store in Hagerman, Idaho all of the time.
Are you Choosing a Kids First Gun? The .22 Rifle is Simply the best First Gun!
What to consider when choosing your kids first rifle
Choosing a first gun for a kid is a huge deal with risks and rewards. Taking up shooting or hunting is one of the most serious ways in which you can get yourself closer to your children and closer to nature. It can be stressful for a parent if it is the first time around, I get it. So, I have teamed up with Cory Glauner at GotHunts.com and my better 2/3’s Teresa Sperry (master researcher) to tackle this issue. Cory has gone through the process with his children 3 times already with great success, and has written on his website about the process. What type of gun should a parent get for their kid’s first rifle? Here is some good information to consider when purchasing a first youth rifle. I know that safety is always a consideration when choosing a kids first gun so I am writing this with kids gun safety as a cornerstone. Kirt Martin (pictured on the right), chef and owner of The Snake River Grill in Hagerman, ID recently upgraded his son to his first 20 gauge shotgun.
Recommended First Rifle for Kids
This first rifle I recommend for a kid’s first gun is a .22. Why? The .22 is effective, safe, and affordable. It’s an easy gun to get the hang of and it’s the best gun to learn the mechanics of weaponry. Many .22 rifles are designed for simple use, ability, and safety.
The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) introduces young people to the pleasures and responsibilities of shooting is our most important task in ensuring that our shooting and hunting traditions remain intact. The YSSA site provides a directory for youth shooting sports programs across the country. http://www.youthshootingsa.com/
Here is a little research on .22 rifle’s that are readily available (even if there isn’t always .22LR Ammo in Stock…)
Really for a kids’ first gun, you probably already went with a cheap BB gun or air gun. This is a good way to learn the mechanics of loading, cocking, aiming and firing. But once a kid or child has grown past the introduction to guns, they will want to quickly move into the .22 caliber.
Rifles Available for Kids
Basically, there are a few different kinds of rifles available for a kids first rifle: the single-shot bolt action, the bolt action repeater, the lever action repeater, the pump-action repeater, and the semi-auto repeater. With all of these choices it may seem difficult to nail it down but I will provide some reasons pro and con on each type.
I’m a fan of single-shot bolt action rifles for your kids 22 rifle. This is mainly because shooting them requires several steps. Many steps for loading, safety, and critical “time to think” about each shot. The whole process is suitable for teaching gun safety and getting kids comfortable with the rifle.
So here are some good choices from the Outdoor Entrepreneur for your kids – in no particular order.
This little Savage rascal is a long time favorite of mine because it is light and has a killer accutrigger that will prevent the kids for jumping in expectation of the kick. It also is a bolt action rifle adding to the level of safety for your kids first gun.
Weight: 2.95 lbs
Ammo Capacity: 1
This Plinkster has a 10-round capacity and a detachable metal magazine. You can load one at a time or when the youngster is ready load up the clip for multiple shots in semi-automatic fashion. The ability to attach a scope can allow growth into this first kids gun candidate by providing something to look forward to. The last thing you want when buying a kids first gun is for them to become bored after a season or two. The entry level Vortex Diamondback 22 Scope is my personal favorite.
Weight: 4.1 lbs
This is also a scope ready model that add the precision of the heavy barrel. Although the .22 isn’t known for its kick, a heavy barrel adds stability for better accuracy.
Weight: 5 3/4 lbs
Magazine capacity: 10
The 801 Half-Pint is supplied with a magazine plug that restricts the capacity of the rifle to a “single shot” until the coach or guardian approves of its removal. The 801 fits standard 802 Plinkster 10-round magazines – sold separately.
Weight: 4 lbs
Ease for optics mounting (dovetailed receiver)
This single-shot bolt action mini is one of the best kids first gun choices in my opinion for multiple reasons. First it has high-visibility Williams Fire Sights using two bright green fiber-optic dots on the adjustable rear sight and one red dot for the front bead so young eyes can get on target easily even in low-light conditions. It is endorsed by the USA Shooting Team. It is light weight, the kids think they look cool, and they are a single-shot that adds to safety and concentration.
Synthetic stock; stainless steel barrel
Weight: 3.25 lbs
Weight: 3.5 lbs
An innovative polymer rifle that’s lightweight, rugged, easy to handle, and sure to be a fast favorite for plinkers.
FEATURES: 16 ½” blued barrels, adjustable rifle sights; 3/8” dovetail for mounting a scope, easy-load magazines and optional Dead Ringer Holographic Green Dot with four reticle configurations.
The Granddaddy of rimfires for all ages!! These are a great choices for a kids first gun because of the longevity, tried and true performance, and the fact they will never outgrow them. Let’s not forget the Easy-to-use extended magazine release which provides smooth, no-fuss removal of flush-mounted magazine. Also these first youth rifle models have Ruger patented, detachable 10-round rotary magazine which features a unique rotor to separate cartridges and provide reliable feeding.
Legendary action, a tried and true Ruger design, ensures consistent, reliable performance.
Positive, push-button, cross-bolt manual safety.
Combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and .22 tip-off scope mounts included.
Cold hammer-forged barrel is locked into the receiver by a unique, two-screw, V-block system. Heat-stabilized, glass-filled, polymer trigger housing assembly is precision made of high-tech material for improved manufacturing tolerances, impact and abrasion-resistance and an unmatched ability to withstand the elements.
The Henry Lever Action Youth Model .22 rifle is a lightweight and compact version of our Henry Lever Action rifle. It’s ideal for young shooters, or for adults who desire a compact rifle in the field. Overall length is 33″ and length of pull is 13″. It weighs only 4½ pounds. It features our genuine American walnut stock, famous smooth action, and a grooved receiver for scope mounting. Not to mention the cool looks of a classic western lever gun!!
Weight: 4.25 lbs
Capacity: 12 rounds .22LR, 17 rounds .22L, 18 rounds .22 Short
How to buy your kids first gun?
So if you would like to buy your kids first gun from me, you can call me at, The Merc (208)-837-6044 or email me at email@example.com and ask me any questions you might have. All of the 22’s listed above are also listed in the Hagerman Valley Sports Gallery of Guns which are marked down as low as I go with the parent buying a kids first gun in mind.
All you have to do is follow the link and make sure you put 83332 in the zip code box and select The Merc to get in. From there you can search from a number of different criteria including caliber, price, and action. I know I am not the foremost expert on this topic some I am sure many of you will want to share your thoughts.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.