My son is turning 14 and we went and got him a Remington 597 .22 semi-auto with a scope. We went to the range Tuesday night and he had a blast. It was cool as he hasn't been real excited when going out but sort of so, so. But he is excited now, now that it is his own and he really likes it. And his first ever shots with it. It was even better later when we got it sighted in.