Re: What age to start out younguns??
I agree with Dave. Ritualized shooting mechanics in the garage or other area that does not cause panic with the neighbors with a high quality BB gun and ritualized safety instructions and percautions. Unless you live out where the kids can shoot a 22 every day with supervision then the BB gun with a BB trap in the garage is good. Safety goggles - not glasses- mandatory. No shooting the neighbors cats.
The trap I built was a sand box with a 45 degree angle back to deflect the BB down into the sand. I then hung an old towel over the front and the target was in front of that. A BB had to get through the target, the towel and then was bounced into the sand. Almost no BBs ever made it through the towel, into the trap
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