Glad to see another generation being introduced to guns and hunting. My daughter is 9 (10 just bfore Christmas) and asked for a gun for Christmas this year when told there was only going to be one 'big ticket' item. I wound up buying her a Rossi (made by Tarus so I discovered) Matched Set, Youth model that has interchangable .22LR and .410 shotgun barrels for it. Looking at their sight there looks like there are even more barrels available for it, in a variety of calibers, as she get older and able to handle them.
In looking for them over the past few weeks I doscovered no one I had talked to had them in stock, the BIG wholesalers didn't have them in stock, and as such they weren't readily available at any of the shops around here. So when I found one about 30 miles from us I went ahead and got it for her today.
She went with me to buy it and was really eager to shoot it just as soon as we got home. She even invited a few of her friends over to watch and shoot it too. So we got home and, of course, I had to make a few test shots myself, with each barrel, before letting her shoot it. Other than the .22 being off a bit high and to the left (the sights are adjustable), and the .410 kicking like a mule, mainly due to the light weight of the gun, it's a dream to shoot. With a recoil pad for the stock to make up at least part of the reach for a normal sized adult, it would make a great little travel gun to disassembl and stow in a pack for hiking, or just in the trunk in the soft case provided.
I used to hunt alot growing up and then some as an adult until work and family took nearly all of my time, and the 'expansion of civilization' took up all of my old hunting grounds. In the past few years I've found some new areas I can get permission to hunt and am hoping before too long to have time to do so. I can't wait to get my little girl into the woods with me to get her first small game, and maybe even a deer if she gets lucky.
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