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Could use some input regarding a quality multi-pump pellet rifle for a 10/11 year old. It'll be used for target practice and small rodent control.

Any recommendations?
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There are so many good ones, but I would start simple. I think the Crossman pumpmaster is a classic that most kids start with. I will say that at 10 or 11 he MAY have trouble pumping it up, which isn't a bad thing, because you'll have to do that for him, and being with him to teach him gun safety isn't a bad thing.
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I have always loved my Sheridan

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Originally Posted by jeremyj View Post
Could use some input regarding a quality multi-pump pellet rifle for a 10/11 year old. It'll be used for target practice and small rodent control.

Any recommendations?
If you what something that will last him/you a lifetime, get him a Sheridan Blue Streak. As others have mentioned, it may be difficult for him to pump, but by the time he's 12 he'll be plenty strong enough. The Blue Streak caliber is .20 and shoots the Benjamin Sheridan pellets extremely well. Benjamin makes .177 and .22 caliber that are also great.

Any crossman break barrel will be great also. No dry firing the break barrels. They also take a while to break in. (few 100 shots)
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I'll throw RWS into the mix. Like dssmith said, whatever you choose, get him one that will last.
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I'll throw RWS into the mix. Like dssmith said, whatever you choose, get him one that will last.

I just bought a RWS.
VERY IMPRESSED!
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My son has a Gamo where the barrel breaks, I killed a possum with it from 20' with a shot to the head.
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I'd start him off with a basic Crossman opposed to one of the higher powered hunting grade models. I have a Benjamin .22 which I really like but it'll go right through the wood on our privacy fence and there's no way that I'd want my son using it at 10 years old. With a basic entry level crossman he can learn the fundamentals of shooting and not be too much of a danger to the people/property around him.
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Originally Posted by jeremyj View Post
Could use some input regarding a quality multi-pump pellet rifle for a 10/11 year old. It'll be used for target practice and small rodent control.

Any recommendations?
Sorry, I just have to say it. My recomendation is to, please, stress safety. Go as far as to lock it up when it is not under supervised use.
Son lost an eye at 12 w/pellet gun with hunting pellets. Went in his right eye, through his two sinus cavities and is lodged up against his carotid
artery. Had the eye removed at 16 yr old and has prosthetic.
Freak accident. Gun was leaned up against a tree, it fell over and discharged. Almost lost him.
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Originally Posted by alligatorgar View Post
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Hmm, I've never heard of that brand
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Red Ryder BB gun is the best.
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I have a single shot, break barrel Gamo that will take a out a squirrel at 100'. Like someone said above, PLEASE properly train your child and make them learn and practice proper safety procedures. I am a LE Firearms Instructor and both of my boys have been drilled extensively. Wear eye protection when using and be mindful of what lies beyond your intended target.
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Break barrel Gamo.
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I have to also cast a vote for the Sheridan pump. I owned one for more than 30 years. It is a durable piece that's suprisingly accurate, out to about 50 yards.
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You guys have named some pretty high quality, high performance and high priced equipment here but is a Benjamin or a Gammo really suitable for a 10 year old? Some of the airguns mentioned above come close to matching the ballistics of a 22 rifle.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
You guys have named some pretty high quality, high performance and high priced equipment here but is a Benjamin or a Gammo really suitable for a 10 year old? Some of the airguns mentioned above come close to matching the ballistics of a 22 rifle.
No sense in buying a low quality low performance gun A 10 years old with proper supervision and training is well suitable for anyone of these IMO. I still have the same Sheridan I had as a kid I think it is 45 years old, and still works. They used to be made a mile from my home as a kid.
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My basic crossman has been around since i was that age, 30 now. It isn't the most accurate but I probably had more fun shooting it than any gun I own. My grandparents have a 10 acre +/- farm, I have probably covered every square inch with that gun by my side.
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Bought one of these...fairly accurate....1,200 fps....

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Blue Rudy makes some good points.

A Red Ryder BB gun is quite a bit of fun for a kid. BB's do not deform and DO bounce back. Most kids see something and want to shoot. Butterfly, steel wall, can, etc. Most kids aren't in the know of the kinds of objects it is better off not shooting. (Golf balls, for instance, are particularly dangerous)

A basic Crossman Pumpmaster is a great kid gun. You can vary the amount of pumps you put in that will reduce or enhance the penetrating power. Same for a Benjamin .177, .20, or .22. Yes, these are more premier multipump guns.

I suppose the most important issue is proper supervision and education. If the kid thinks he has a toy, and plans on using it as a throwaway, don't get the Blue Streak. On the other hand, if you wish to introduce your child to weapons, it is a great way to go.

As others have pointed out, from the Red Ryder to the .45 cal airguns, they will all put out an eye or lodge in a cheek.

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