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When to get your kid a gun?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by beavertonbuck, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    So my son is obviously to young to get a BB gun (3 years old) but he is starting to show an interest in my guns. Right now it is just don't touch them and tell an adult. But at what age did you let your kid get a BB gun?
     
  2. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Not sure about the BB gun but I got my 9yo, 7yo and 5yo their first 22 for past Christmas. Already taken the 9yo out and still waiting for the weather to get nice to take the 7yo (now 8) and 5yo. My suggestion.... not much younger than a "mature" 5 years. That is just me.
     
  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I was never allowed to have a BB gun. Dad said real guns or no guns. Started shooting with dad about 5.

    It all depends on the kid but keep in mind that "no" guns is not the key. Keeping things away from kids only makes them more curious and want to "play" with them. Better option in my opinion is when the child shows interest show them take that time to teach or show them. Dont "take it away". Obviously when they get old enough to handle guns or shoot them when the show interest handle them with them or take them shooting. Let them know that "anytime" they want to "play" with the guns you are willing to with them so they wont need to "sneak" to do it.
     
  4. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    Thanks guys. I was thinking around the 5-6 range but have to convince the wife. I never thought about the .22 but I could definitely start there. I just remember the days when I lived a couple hundred acres and just about everyday I would be outside doing some target practice. Since anytime my son shoots it is going to be a planned trip the .22 sounds like a better option. Thanks for the advice NW and I completely agree. I let him watch me if I am cleaning my guns or working on them. I also tell him that he can shoot them one day, which is when I got the question (When can I have one?) and the look (from my wife).
     
  5. sdlsaginaw

    sdlsaginaw Oregon Active Member

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    I also decided against BB guns. Real gun or no gun. My first son was shooting a Daisy .22 with cut-down stock in the Nevada desert at about 3. He's now in the Navy, so I guess he turned out ok. :)

    I don't recall when my second son started shooting, but I think he may have been 5-6 in the California desert at a muzzleloader gathering we used to frequent all the time.

    Each kid is different. I'm looking forward to shooting with my grandson. I had planned to last time they visited but he wasn't emotionally ready yet.
     
  6. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I got my first .22, that is still right behind me in the gun cabinet, for my 4th birthday, from my grandpa. Both of my parents approved. We only shot about twice a year on trips to "The Property", in Prineville. I always knew where my gun was, and never had the urge to play with it. By about 14 I had a gun rack over my bed with my .22, .30-30, .410 and 12ga...
     
  7. DeanfromOregon

    DeanfromOregon Wilsonville Amateur Ascended Master Platinum Supporter

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    The guns in my house are my guns. I tell him that he can use them.
     
  8. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Bought my grandson a Ruger 10-22 when he was 4 months old. When I give it to him is something else. He is 4 now, maybe in a couple more years I'll start letting him shoot it when his dad or myself is there.
     
  9. kev1

    kev1 seabeck,wa Member

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    Both my sons got there first 10-22 a around five years old. Take them to shoot it at the range almost any weekend they ask. I to skipped the bb gun thing for my kids. They do have airsoft though, when i watch them use them. When I think back, how did any of us survive the whole bb gun phase with our eyes. They are 11 and seven now. They wont touch the 22s now they only want to shoot the ar and ak's. ohh well. I like to see how much better shot my 11 year old is than me.
     
  10. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I got my first .22 when I was 12. It was kept in a cabinet over the basement stairs, not locked, magazine and shells were right there with it. Had a BB gun much earlier, don't remember how old I was.
    The one grandson that lives with us is 12 and I'm working on my wife (she hates guns) to take him out shooting. But first comes the "dinner table" talk about safety!
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    My son (29 now) was shooting a 22 at 3 and was fairly proficient at 5.At 7,my bro in law bought a S&W 66 4".We took it to a gravel pit to shoot.My son hit 5 of 6 clays at about 20yards first time he held the gun.
    Not bragging,just if you teach them young they can do well.
    Now he did have some low times.A litle jail. But he never took his step dad's guns or my guns for any thing.Money,drugs,anything.
    He had learned the value and learned respect for guns,and knew either of us would have killed him for stealing them.

    Just saying,teach them early.
     
  12. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    My dad began to teach me to shoot when I was 9. I imagine I will do the same for my daughter.
     
  13. mauser54

    mauser54 Spokane, Wa. Area Member

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    I got my son his first .22 which was a Nylon 66 when he was 9 years old. When he was almost 11 years old I got him his first centerfire rifle. It was an SKS. He's 31 years old now and is now contemplating getting his sons there first .22 rifles. I got my first rifle at the age of 10 and it was a savage single shot .22.
     
  14. STNOSU

    STNOSU Corvallis Member

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    We got our son his first bb gun Christmas before last when he was 5. He loves going shooting with us, he's a big fan of picking up brass. We try to get him to shoot a .22 but he tells us he's still to young. He is beyond safe with all our guns and never had any risky behavior from him.
     
  15. jasonabernathy75

    jasonabernathy75 Wilsonville Oregon Member

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    here's my deal, my 2 1/2 year old daughter shows a lot of intrest, I agree with most on here, i am not going to allow her to play with anything, but she can hold it and your never to young to learn to respect a weapon. Funny thing is, when she goes to her cousins house, she does not even want to touch a toy M-16. She has learned to respect the weapons already, and i am impressed. I think its when you think he/she is ready and mature enough to respect the weapon. I know 20 some year olds i won't allow to touch anything in my house......
     
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  16. Hollow

    Hollow Portland, Oregon New Member

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    i got my first bb gun when i was 5 and the pretty much set me lose around the farm haha lots of dead birds around after that. i got a 3030 when i turned 10. Really i would getting him a bb gun based off how mature he is. but i think 5 is a good age for a kid to start.
     
  17. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Conception
     
  18. mhadix

    mhadix Tacoma,WA Member

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    I took my daughter shooting for the first time when she was 5. She does not own any guns, they are all mine
     
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    BK13 PNW Member

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    My son had an AR lower three months before he was born.
     
  20. x1hunter89

    x1hunter89 gresham oregon Active Member

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    i plan on getting my son who is 8 days old a 1911 with his name engraved on it just as soon as i have the cash(probly when i get my tax return)