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Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 06/23/2018 in Firearm Safety

Three Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Child's First Gun

Three Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Child's First Gun

The first gun your child gets is a big deal. This is a big part of what will make or break their life as a hunter. It is going to be the source of many fond memories, which makes picking the right gun of utmost importance. There are a number of things you should keep in mind when you go shopping.


The first thing you should consider is the caliber of the gun. What you should keep in mind here is to make sure that your child can handle their new present. A .308, for example, is too much for most kids. Give them something like that and they'll end up recoil shy. This will result in reduced accuracy and may even scare them off the sport entirely.

The development of good marksmanship and shooting form is the primary goal for any new shooter. Since you don't want your child to become recoil shy, you'll want to go with a .22.

A .22 is the best caliber in terms of teaching a person to shoot. Users can learn the basics and trigger control without having to keep recoil in mind. If you're looking to purchase a shotgun for them you'll want to get them a 20 gauge.


Most parents tend to veer towards single shot guns. The problem is that single shot guns have greater recoil, which is bad. It also prevents young hunters from developing the second or follow-up shot, which is occasionally required.

For rifles, you should consider going with a bolt-action series. For shotguns, go with a pump. Both allow for a second shot.

Some parents may consider going with an assault rifle, but it isn't recommended. Your child's first gun is a learning tool. One of the things your child should learn is to make each shot count. Assault rifles may have a semi-automatic option, but the tendency is to going with the burst setting. The only time it would be recommended as a first gun is if the child already has a great grasp of the basics.


This is a simple concept that many parents may forget when selecting a gun for their child - the size of the gun. The problem is that adult-size guns are around two inches too big for most children. The good news is that there are a number of youth-sized firearms that are just right for a young hunter. The better a gun fits, the easier it is for the user to develop good shooting form.

There are also guns that have adjustable stocks, such as the Mossberg 500 Super Bantam. This allows the gun to grow with the user. If you can't find a properly sized gun, you can always purchase differently sized stock to make it useable.

Keep these three considerations in mind and you should be able to select the right gun for your child. It might be tiring, but if you put in the effort, you'll be able to give your son or daughter a gun that will create years of great memories.

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