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looking to start my grandsons into handgun range shooting. I already have a 22lr pistol but want to get something additional for them to shoot but not overdue it.
I have a 9mm , .38 & 357 revolvers but thinking a .25 or .32 would be more manageable at their age. I want them to enjoy shooting and not get a bad start with too much recoil.
What have others here done with their kids/grandkids. My SIL is not into shooting but not opposed to the interest the boys are showing.
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Originally Posted by Rags View Post
looking to start my grandsons into handgun range shooting. I already have a 22lr pistol but want to get something additional for them to shoot but not overdue it.
I have a 9mm , .38 & 357 revolvers but thinking a .25 or .32 would be more manageable at their age. I want them to enjoy shooting and not get a bad start with too much recoil.
What have others here done with their kids/grandkids. My SIL is not into shooting but not opposed to the interest the boys are showing.
​​​​​​Stick with 22 lr as primary. Then the 38 with wadcutters to finish up the range session.
I started my son this way. Used 38spc in my 357 revolver. It was heavier and reduced recoil for him.
You already have all the pistols you need for these guys to learn with. No need to buy anything else at this point. Save that for later for their first handgun.

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.380 auto is another option.
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Smith+Wesson Shield EZ. 380 caliber and very easy to rack. Comes with/without a manual safety. Grip safety. Adjustable grips for hand size. Nice piece. About $400. Great to see you starting them young. Take a kid hunting and fishing. Keep the outdoor tradition alive.
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My 11 year loves shooting my glock 17 and full size 1911.
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I believe all beginners should start with revolvers. 22 is plenty. I have a very light small framed smith and wesson 22/32 "kit" gun that I hand to all first timers.When they master that I let them shoot a bigger revolver. When they master that I give them an auto pistol. I dont know if they still make them.
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Revolvers first. If you must get a semi, only load 1 round at a time.
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I they're normal sized 11 and 12 year olds, they can handle a 9mm and the ammo is cheaper. .380's .32's and other similar sized guns are normally compacts. Every time I've planned for something that was the right size for my kids, they suddenly weren't that size any more. Plan for the next several years.
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Many of the guns for those smaller semi-auto cartridges are usually very small and uncomfortable to shoot. If their hands are big enough, take at look at a full size 9mm. With the right cartridge and full size gun, you can have almost no recoil and be fun to shoot.
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.38 revolver.

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Unless you just want to spend more on ammo, make shooting itself more interesting. Knocking empty cans over is funner than shooting paper. So are cans of water and they'll soon discover they're better rewarded with good center hits. The better they get move the targets back to increase the challenge. But having some creativity in targets can add a lot of fun and challenge to shooting and actually improve the experience for everyone involved.
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Originally Posted by maintenanceguy View Post
I they're normal sized 11 and 12 year olds, they can handle a 9mm and the ammo is cheaper. .380's .32's and other similar sized guns are normally compacts. Every time I've planned for something that was the right size for my kids, they suddenly weren't that size any more. Plan for the next several years.
The only exception to this might be a model 85 Beretta. Not really a full size but much larger than most 32s and 380s
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I don't have kids but have started a couple of people shooting. I would start with a 22. Need to get them past the fear of pulling the trigger and not flinching. Much harder to do with a 9mm. Ruger 22/45 or S$W revolver. I'd like let the kid pick the gun so they are more involved.
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Originally Posted by Rags View Post
looking to start my grandsons into handgun range shooting. I already have a 22lr pistol but want to get something additional for them to shoot but not overdue it.
I have a 9mm , .38 & 357 revolvers but thinking a .25 or .32 would be more manageable at their age. I want them to enjoy shooting and not get a bad start with too much recoil.
What have others here done with their kids/grandkids. My SIL is not into shooting but not opposed to the interest the boys are showing.
25 is more expensive and less powerful than 22LR. and usually only comes in a pocket gun
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
I believe all beginners should start with revolvers. 22 is plenty. I have a very light small framed smith and wesson 22/32 "kit" gun that I hand to all first timers.When they master that I let them shoot a bigger revolver. When they master that I give them an auto pistol. I dont know if they still make them.
Was tending this way but wanted to hear other opinions.
I have an old 1966 Hi-standard 22lr semi-auto pistol that I'll let them shoot first and load one round until they can shoot/handle more rounds in the magazine.
I'm really anxious to get them to shoot my old 22lr Marlin Model-101 bolt single shot rifle I had when I was 11 yr old. Got it as a prize for selling Christmas cards & wrapping paper. Things were different back then, no parent approvals needed just sell the christmas cards build up points and pick rewards from their catalog.
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My wife’s 380 is snappier than my Beretta FS in 9 although mine is much heavier... a mid size 9 in semi will be a good experience for them to shoot and learn the semi features. In my experience kids and guys in general think semis are “cooler”
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At 9/10 my son liked to shoot the 9mm, even though we had/have a nice little Beretta .22 Neos target pistol. He didn't have any problem getting on target with the 9mm though.




These days he prefers the .50 Cal

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Stick with 9mm or 22LR.

The cost and availability of odd ball cartridges will prevent you both from shooting as much.

At this stage of the game, the only guns I own are common calibers to simplify life. The variety of different rounds available for each caliber covers all the bases.

22LR, 9MM, .223, .308 and 12 gauge. If I cant tackle the issue/hunt with those rounds then I have a very big problem. It also allows me to stock up on rounds cheaply.
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First, off hand a 44 magnum with hot +P+ loads. Once the bruising subsides, the 45 will feel little and can pull the trigger without fear it'll make a bang for better grouping.
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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
The only exception to this might be a model 85 Beretta. Not really a full size but much larger than most 32s and 380s
beretta 84/85 is a pleasure to shoot. I have an 84 and a 92, and love both. Grip size on the 84 is much better for small/medium hands. 380 is not the cheapest ammo to buy, but not horrible either.

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