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    what is the best starting handgun to buy a 13 year old?

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    My guess is that most folks will tell you to start off with a .22 revolver. Instead of conventional wisdom, I'll suggerst you take the 13-year old to where they can try a lot of different types and calibers so both of you can find out 1) what is really "too much gun" for them,2) what they really like, and 3) what they can handle well.

    As strange as it may seem, that is the same advice given in response to the question "What is the best handgun for <fill in the blank>."

    Thanks for starting another one down the road of a lifetime of shooting happiness.

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    gunsinaz wrote:
    what is the best handgun to buyfor myself thata 13 year oldcan practice with until he's old enough to own it?
    Gotta follow the law, y'know.....

    But skidmark is right; a .22 is a good starting point, or even a .32, if there's not many places for him to test-drive different calibers/models.

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    Mine started with my S&W 4599MM at age 8. He loved it. He sent about 200 rounds down range that day.Said it felt like real power. He's 34 now and carries a 1911 .45 ACP, 10MM Glock, or a 44 Magnum. Make sure it fits his hand and it's not too much recoilfor him and he will love it.
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    gunsinaz wrote:
    what is the best starting handgun to buy a 13 year old?
    My daughter started with a .25 semi-auto at age 11. She shoots well now at 14 and I want to up the caliber 9mm and .38 next.
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    *The information contained above is not meant to be legal advice, but is solely intended as a starting point for further research. These are my opinions, if you have further questions it is advisable to seek out an attorney that is well versed in firearm law.

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    My 10 year old boy shoots a Glock 19 without any issues at all.
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    Depends on the size of the boy. My youngest has been shooting for two years (since 10 y/o), but the only gun that he could wrap hands around was a Walther P22--personally I would go for a Browning Buckmark, but he couldn't grip it.

    Like everything else, what ever feels comfortable for him...and you (as a parent). FYI, "his" gun is kept in my safe (that he does NOT have a combination to).



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    My first inclination would be toward a Ruger, Browning, or S&W single-action .22 semi-auto, and not a double-action.

    A light single-action trigger helps to reinforce the most basic safety rule (aside from muzzle discipline): keep your booger hook off the bang-switch!

    A double-action trigger can reinforce the notion that it's okay to have your finger on the trigger, so long as you don't really apply pressure. Best to break that bad habit before it begins.

    I suggest a .22 only because it's cheaper, and repetition is important to learning. If you want to go with a 9mm or .45 1911, there's nothing wrong with that. Just make sure that ammo cost and recoil wariness don't get in the way of the youngster learning proper grip, sight alignment, and focusing on the front sight.


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    My 13 year old shoots my Taurus 92 (steel frame DA/SA 9MM) without any problems but if I were going to by a pistol specifically for him it would be a Ruger Mark III. Cheaper to shoot.

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    What ever size he can handle and still hit the target.
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    If you're planning on shooting IPSC or IDPA with him he'll need at least a 9mm. My friend's daughter is 13 and she shoots a Kimber Aegis II 9mm 1911.

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    New shooters, regardless of age, should be started out with a 22. You want them concentrating on the fundamentals, notanticipating recoil.

    If I have a large number (8-10) of students all shooting at the same time with a verity of calibers(22-38-9mm-40). I have them shoot a blank piece of paper so they can get the idea of "sight alignment".almost all students hit the center of the paper On the First Shot. On the second shot quite often the students with the larger calibers will hit low. while those with the 22's will hit center again.

    Recoil anticipation can be frustrating for the student and Instructor to overcome. I believe thatgetting the fundamentals down first, then moving up in caliber is the way to go.

    Just my 2cents,,

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    OC-Glock19 wrote:
    If you're planning on shooting IPSC or IDPA with him he'll need at least a 9mm. My friend's daughter is 13 and she shoots a Kimber Aegis II 9mm 1911.



    Some of the IDPA chapters are pretty liberal about what handgun calibers are permitted, except for scored competitions/ranking purposes. If you're a visiting non-member, andjust want to blow stuff up for fun, they may let you use an out-of-spec gun and give you an unofficial score.

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    OC-Glock19 wrote:
    If you're planning on shooting IPSC or IDPA with him he'll need at least a 9mm. My friend's daughter is 13 and she shoots a Kimber Aegis II 9mm 1911.



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    I would have thought someone would have said T/C contender.
    The trigger is adjustable, different grip sizes are available, you can start with a 22 and increase the bore size as the child learns to handle the recoil. Also it can be converted to a rifle or shotgun when wanted.
    With only one shot at a time the child will learn the value of accuracy rather than spray and pray.
    And another advantage is the cost of ammo is lower.
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    OC-Glock19 wrote:
    If you're planning on shooting IPSC or IDPA with him he'll need at least a 9mm. My friend's daughter is 13 and she shoots a Kimber Aegis II 9mm 1911.
    That girl is the DEFINITION of awesome!

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    Your 13 yo should be a sharpshooter by now, not just starting out :celebrateSeriously though, both of my boys 10 and 7 yo,shoot .40, 9mm, and .22 pistols. The recoil is fun for them BUT they really "shoot" the .22. By that I mean what others have alluded to. When they shoot the .22 they take their time, aim, and actually hit what they're aiming at. With the larger calibers they're just having fun. I guess what I'm saying is if it's to be "his" (which of course it's not) I would go with a .22. He'll be able to keep it for life and give it to his offspring. What a wonderful heirloom.

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    I learned how to shoot handguns at age 12 on a .38 revolver without any issues.
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