But what about recoil? Same story. There is even less kick than there is noise! Sure, the big .50 cal. UMAREX Hammer has some kick but the smaller airguns don’t. Calibers .17 and .22 are easy to shoot. Kid’s love ‘em. So don’t do like they had me do when I started hunting. Dad shot 180 gr. ammo in a 30-06 so of course so did I. As an 11-year old. That rifle about flipped me out of my rinky dink tree stand. No such issues with air guns. Kids aren’t afraid of them, so that means they’re eager to practice more. And practice makes perfect. By the time they’re ready for firearms, they have their technique honed.
So, are you game? Want to make this play out in real life? Okay, my advice is to get them a CO2-style airgun. A small child won’t be strong enough to cock a break barrel. Operating a PCP will be too complicated. So, that pretty much narrows it down to CO2’s. There are a whole lot of cool looking CO2’s on the market that your kids would love. Let them help do the shopping with you. Or, let your fingers do the walking and hit the internet and check out some of the cool semi-auto’s that UMAREX offers. A couple of them even offer 6-shot full burst mode. How cool is that? (I’m thinking forget the grandkids on these and remember us old guys!)
A lot of the CO2’s will be BB guns but some might be .177 pellet guns. CO2’s will spit out projectiles at a lower fps than a break barrel, usually 400-800 fps. That is nice because they won’t ricochet over the hills. But make no mistake, a metal BB can bounce around if shot in your basement or garage. Learn and use all recommended safety practices when shooting air guns. Safe area, safe backdrop, proper targets that don’t ricochet, and mandatory safety glasses! Safe gun handling at all times. No horseplay. Remind those kids in no uncertain terms that this isn’t some make believe video game. It’s real life with real people.
A Great Gateway to Introduce Kids to Shooting and Hunting — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Tom Claycomb for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com