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A friend of mine, who is not a gun person right now but is getting into it, wants to buy an airgun for his sons to learn basic firearms use, marksmanship, and safety.

Can anyone suggest a good rifle or pistol to start off with?
 

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I bought a Crossman with the 6 inch bbl. It looks like a Python. I use it in the back yard to practice basics. I've also "taken" two citrus rats with it. As I recall, it was less than $50 at Wally-World.
Don't forget the safety goggles.
 

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How old is the son? This may seem kind of odd, but this dictates somewhat what can be recommended.

Airsoft guns would make for a somewhat safer all around rifle or pistol. Plastic BBs are reuseable.

I have a Crosman 760 pump rifle. Shoots regular BBs and lead pellets and is a single shot Pumps are 1-10 depending on how much velocity one wants. This is small and short enough that a kid can hold and handle it.

Crosman also makes several single shot pump up or CO2 pistols that that would fill the bill. Model numbers change often enough that I can't specify. These are .17 caliber or .22.

Daisy pump rifles are also good bargains.
 
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