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Air guns are a better choice for a child's first firearm than a .22 rifle. A good quality air gun can be purchased for less $25.00. The danger of operating a real firearm can be offset by purchasing plastic pellets for the child's air gun. These are accurate enough to use with air gun targets and traps.
Choose a target air gun for children. These guns offer superb accuracy, quick action, with five times less power than hunting quality air guns. They have enough power to use with air gun targets, but not enough to cause serious damage in most situations.