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best first 22 for a kid....
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:44:26 AM »
I am looking to buy my 6 year old grandson his first gun. I want something he can use for awhile. I am leaning towards the Mossberg International 801 Youth Half-Pint Plinkster but I am open to suggestions.
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2017, 08:20:31 AM »
Mossberg has had some issues with their semi autos but their bolt action rifles seem to be pretty good.

I'm not too familiar with youth models. but found these doing a search:

Henry makes a Mini Bolt rifle but it is a single shot.  https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/mini-bolt-youth/  (Official Youth Rifle of the USA Shooting Team)

Savage Rascal, also a single shot : http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/rascal

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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2017, 01:29:56 PM »
A bolt action is better than a semi-automatic to introduce a child. Later, a semi is nice for more rapid fire plinking action.

The bolt is best for learing and hunting and being safe.

I prefer Remington. I still have my Remington .22 semi-auto tube fed from way back when. High capacity. ()*$%RT

Get a sling for sure.

A scope can be added later after he learns basic sighting using iron sights.

Let us know what you get.

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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 06:54:18 AM »
Huntmaster - I would also suggest that you start off your grandson with a bolt action rifle then in a year or two go buy him a semi-auto 22. How about a 17HMR?? but like most here I think Savage and Remington are hard to beat for the money...you could get him (and you) a Cooper bolt action in 22 LR....

You could think about the Chipmunk rifle or something very similar. Maybe one of those Survival rifles that fit inside itself...I have many older 22 short, long and long rifle 22 and a few 22 mags...I would not be in any hurry and take visits to the local pawn shops in your area to see what they might have in their store. Leave them your name and phone number because they are getting in 22's all the time... 
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2017, 07:36:16 AM »
I was brought up on an old Remington 33 single shot, the one you have to actually manually cock.
My children all learned gun safety with a BB gun and then they were introduced to an old Winchester 67.
My grandsons also shot the Winchester 67 when that first started shooting.
The old single shot 22s are very safe, number 1 priority!!  They are easy to disassemble and clean also gives a hands on understanding of how a firearm functions. 
Being a single shot, a young'un learns to make every shot count and also gives the young shooter time to reflect on his previous shot. 
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 03:55:34 PM »
i bought a savage semi auto for emily. it works great
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 04:02:06 PM »
A single shot or bolt gun as others have stated would be my first preference, but a simple Ruger 10/22 might be a good option too for a youngster given all of the customization you can do to it later with different barrels, stocks, etc.  They're a tried and true option for sure.  I have a little Browning A-bolt .22 LR that I like to use here for any newbies - well balanced and shoots extremely well.  Only downside is that it is scoped, no iron sights.
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2017, 10:23:08 AM »
Thanks for the answers!

What was interesting about the mossberg is you can set it to single shot (I think it has a blank that takes place of the magazine) them move to a true repeating bolt action when deemed appropriate...  He has a bb gun but the stock is too long for him to get any real experience with it.
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2017, 10:44:27 AM »
well, I decided on the Mossberg and should have it Wednesday. Lots of good guns to choose from but I liked this one. Got it for $180.

http://www.mossberg.com/product/mossberg-international-801-youth-half-pint-plinkster-38227/
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2017, 12:29:50 PM »
he'll have fun for sure. is it a present or does he know it's coming?
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2017, 08:03:49 PM »
I like it - with a little bit of care your grandson should be teaching his grandson to shoot with it one day!
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2017, 09:43:59 PM »
Looks like a real good starter for the young one .  ##$%#1118
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2017, 05:40:40 AM »
He knows.. were going to pick it up Wednesday evening...
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2017, 05:58:18 AM »
Good job and good first/starter rifle...single shot 22, Wow, very good luck boy.....teach him well and it will stay with him the rest of his life.....
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Re: best first 22 for a kid....
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2017, 05:59:12 AM »
He's going to love it!
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