One of the best feelings is watching the next generation shoot their first rifle. It’s like passing on a torch, but instead of a flaming stick, it’s a lead-slinging rifle! But before you hand over the keys (or rather the gun), you must ensure you’re giving your kids the best start possible. Herein, we’re breaking down which rifles will set your youngling on the right track. 

Start Small

When choosing a rifle, it’s essential to consider your child’s age, size, and experience level. For young shooters, a single-shot rifle like the Rascal .22  is perfect for learning the fundamentals. These single-shot bolt-action rifles are designed with kids in mind, including adjustable sights, a short stock, and an overall length that’s easy to manage. Plus, they come in a variety of colours that kids will love.

If you’re looking for a firearm that can grow with your child, the Ruger 10/22 is a popular choice. This semi-automatic rifle is accurate, reliable, and offers plenty of aftermarket modifications to help you customize the gun to your child’s needs. Plus, it’s low recoil and easy to manage, even for younger or smaller shooters.

Bump Up The Power

A mid-caliber centerfire can be an excellent choice for older kids ready for something more powerful—anything in the .223 or 7.62 x 39 range should work well. 

Rifles like the SKS are moderately priced, with the advantage of being able to shoot a lot of low-cost surplus ammo. This means more plinking and less asking mom and dad for ammo money.

As kids get older, shotguns become another great option. Any pump action 12g will surely get the younger ones shooting clays out of the sky until dinner time. Start them off simple with a rugged, proven performer like the Mossberg Maverick 88. From there, depending on what they intend to use a shotgun for in the future, a different caliber or style may fit them better.

Get On The Hunt

Finally, for those who want to introduce their kids to the world of big game hunting, a traditional .308 bolt-action rifle can be a great choice. These rifles offer plenty of power and accuracy while still being manageable for most teenagers. When it comes to hunting rifles, there is great value in investing in the kind of quality that can be passed down to generations, like the Browning X-Bolt.

Whether you’re a seasoned gun owner, shooting enthusiast, or just starting out, introducing kids to the joys of shooting can be a gratifying experience. By selecting the right rifle for your child’s size, skill level, and interests, you can help them develop a lifelong love of shooting and hunting. So, take the time to research, consider your options, and enjoy introducing your kids to this wonderful pastime!

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