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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
I started shooting a 410 when I was 7 years old, skinny but I could tolerate the kick. I hunted with it my first couple of years then my cousin who was a younger than me was ready to start hunting so my dad loaned him the 410 and my uncle gave me a 12 ga. heavy 36" barrel single shot and some heavy load paper shells. The kick was much more however I tolerated it shooting several squirrels for another year. If I shot it straight up the gun would go back and the forearm would come off in my left hand.
So I switched to a .22 for squirrels, it took me a few boxes of shells to stop flenching. I never went back for any length of time to the shot gun for squirrels.
Part of what bothered me was the loud noise which still bothers me to this day. I would not rush anything with the kid to force the issue...keep it fun. If it is not fun he will not do his best, have the desire to shoot and will not achieve his best marksmanship.
Also Woods Walker listed some good thoughts the fit of the gun and etc.
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