Guns for the Young Shooter

Marlin Model 915Y Bolt Action Youth Rifle

Remember when you were learning to shoot? I remember my grandfather taking me out to the family land to shoot turtles out of the pond. The weapon of choice was of course a bolt action .22. It may be the perfect rifle for the first time little one. If you have kiddos and you want to teach them proper technique, then a bolt action .22 is the best way to go. The Marlin 915Y has very little recoil and the accuracy in unparalleled in this price range. Marlin downsized the rifle to fit junior sized shooters, but adults can operate the gun just fine. The 915Y cocks when you open the bolt and features an easy load feed ramp. Also, the shooter can engage the thumb safety while the gun in being loaded and unloaded. The Model 915Y is blued steel with a walnut-finished hardwood stocks and a Mar-Shield® finish for classic good looks.

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Rossi Break Open Youth Single Shot .410

Even though I learned to shoot with a .22, my first gun ever fired was actually a single shot .410. My father set me 15 yards away from a coffee can on a fence post. The .410 was louder than a .22, and it kicked like a mule, I was six, so it didn’t take much kick for me to notice. The good news was I hit the can! I didn’t know what a shotgun was for and I certainly didn’t understand the spread pattern of a shotgun round. All I knew was that I hit the can. I guess that was my dad’s intention. Way to set me up for success dad! From that day on, I wasn’t afraid of guns, but I understood their destructive power. Rossi shotguns use the timeless single shot, break open breech design updated with the most modern safety features. These shotguns include a spur hammer, transfer bar safety action, and an integral linkage system that prevents the action from opening or closing when the hammer cocks. Rossi shotguns are available in 12 and 20 gauge models, weighing just over 5 lbs, and a 4 lbs .410 bore, all accepting either 2 3/4- or 3-inch shells – Standard or Magnum.

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Crickett Model 10 Bolt action shotgun

When I was a much younger man, my family wanted me to go bird hunting with them. They thought it would teach me safety and a love for the outdoors, and of course, they were right. The first gun I ever fired was a .410 single shot. A fine gun, good for squirrel and rabbit, but not so good for fast moving doves. Giving my 10-year-old self a .410 on a dove hunt was like taking three boxes of .410 shells and throwing them out the window. Instead, my father handed a 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun. I know what you are thinking, why would anyone want a bolt-action shotgun? For a small child, it works quite well. The recoil of a 12-gauge was a bit much for shooting all day, and my arms were short enough that operating the pump on the old Remington was difficult at best. The bolt action was easy to reach however, and I got to where I could cycle shells as fast as any pump. The Crickett model 10 bolt-action shotgun features a three round capacity; one round fits in the chamber and two in the removable steel magazine. The trigger guard is CNC machined billet aluminum. There are no plastic parts. There is a threaded chromoly vanadium barrel and the receiver is made of 4150 steel. Two full and modified chock tubes are included as well.

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Henry Repeating Arms Model H001

The Henry Lever Action is a classic western-style lever action rifle and one of the most popular .22’s on the market today. The reason for its popularity is that it shoots great, looks great, and is remarkably affordable, about half the price of the competition. The Henry Lever Actions feature an extremely attractive American walnut stock, the quality of which buyers normally find on guns three times the price. The action is exceptionally smooth, so smooth many first timers remark that they cannot believe the rifle has any internal parts. You simply have to get one into your own two hands and cycle the action a few times to see for yourself. The Henry Lever Action also features side ejection, an adjustable rear sight, a hooded front sight, and a grooved receiver for mounting a scope. The blued steel barrel is machined with state of the art multiple groove rifling. The result is a highly accurate shooter. The barrel length is 18.25 inches, overall length is 36.25 inches, and it weighs in at a very comfortable 5.25 pounds. The easy to load tubular magazine can handle 15 rounds of .22 LR, 17 rounds of .22 Long, and 21 rounds of .22 Short, making it a viable alternative to a semi automatic, and a lot more fun to shoot!

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Savage 111FCXP3

This is a great out of the box solution to taking a child deer hunting. The .243 round is more than capable of stopping a white tail in his or her tracks, and the recoil is negligible. If you have ever fired an AR-15, the recoil seems to be almost the same. Most young shooters won’t have a problem with firing this rifle again and again. The .243 Winchester cartridge is a fast, flat shooting, highly accurate hunting round, so the bullet will travel where the kid aims, with no problem. Savage package rifles take the guesswork out of rifle buying. There is no need to pick out bases, rings, or scopes; they are all part of the package. Just do a final sight in with your chosen ammo and you’re ready to go hunting. Savage package rifles are an unbeatable combination of value and convenience. Featuring a synthetic stock, detachable box magazine, 3-9 X 40 scope, mounted, sighted, and a sling; it’s the whole package.

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