The ‘ol Daisy Red Ryder BB gun is good but fails to show kids the dynamics and dangerous capabilities of powder-driven projectiles.
Black powder muzzle loaders are good for teaching young kids for several reasons: 1) It shows the principles of gunpowder propelling lead at high speeds. 2) Shows how powder is ignited with a cap, similar to centerfire cartridges. 3) It’s a slow process loading a traditional black powder rifle so the young kids may be more likely to place a respectable shot. 4) Shows how small amounts of powder can be dangerous.
It’s also good to show the lil’ ones the dangers of guns. Teach trigger safety: Keep finger away until on target. Use the safety, but don’t “rely” on it.
Another thing to do is to shoot at (and through) a few layers of thick wood so it shows them how projectiles penetrate which reinforces the need for safe handling.
Ian’s post on the Lego incident inspired me to post this. Kids that aren’t taught properly about guns tend to “marvel” at them more and respect them less.
I kinda like .22lr for teaching kids. A single shot bolt action rifle like the cricket and the chipmunk are pretty good. They are kid sized, and .22 is dirt cheap.
I like the ruger 10/22 for a semi-auto once they are ready to move on.
Yah those are good guns.
Found an old Remington 510 Targetmaster in mint shape for $100. It’s good to see .22LR more reasonably priced now. Speaking of 22,has anyone tried the new Ruger Mark4 Hunter ? Pricey,but sweet-looking.
I have a mark III 22/45. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’d like it better if I had a red dot sight and suppressor on it.
There is a company in NH that makes a decent rail. I’ve been thinking about picking one up.
AIR gun. Check this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsSYngXbCc0