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Old 02-15-2017, 06:58 PM
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Mark IV or SR22 to each 11 yr old



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Hi everyone,

So would it be better to use a mark iv or sr22 to teach my 11 yr old daughter to shoot?

The mark iv could be too heavy, but shooting off a bench rest may help. Sr22 would probably be the perfect weight to hold but I don't want to scare her, even though it's only a 22.

Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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Old 02-15-2017, 07:03 PM
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Let her try both and ask her which one she likes best. You may be surprised at her choice.

Good luck Dad... 😀

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Old 02-15-2017, 07:18 PM
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I just happened to pick up a 3.5" SR22 at Cabela's today. It looked and felt compact to me but also looked like a fun plinking machine. I actually thought to myself that this might be a good one to introduce newcomers to the world of firearms.

Oh yeah, I have the Mark IV which is great; however, it is heavier and a bit more "bulky" than the SR22. If I were new to shooting I think I would be comfortable starting out with SR22.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:27 PM
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Thank you both! I think both will work fine.
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I turn 11 in April.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:44 PM
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I have no experience with the SR22, but I can tell you the Mark IV is fantastic.
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another plus for the SR

is that it has grip panels to adjust size.....could be a factor for a youngster.

I have one and its a dandy little pistol.

I would recommend an aftermarket metal guide rod to replace the plastic stock one. TandemKross has a good one.



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Old 02-16-2017, 09:42 PM
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Sr22 would probably be the perfect weight to hold but I don't want to scare her, even though it's only a 22.
Why do you think the SR22 would scare her? Are you concerned about recoil? It's nothing to worry about as, even as it's low weight, the recoil is very mild.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:14 AM
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I would opt for the SR-22,,,

I would opt for the SR-22,,,
Just because I think it's closer to being a service style pistol than the Mk-IV.

You can demonstrate just about every aspect of handgun usage/safety with it,,,
Mainly due to it's SA/DA action with external hammer and de-cocker.

Also, it's going to fit an eleven year old girls hands much better.

I take a lot of young college kids out shooting,,,
My SR-22 has proven to be a very effective first gun for them.

Just my opinion though.

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:22 AM
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Unhappy MKIV target

may be too much bulk for an 11 yo young lady, all my adult friends who try it remark on how HEAVY / BULKY it is. my opinion, maybe later, the 3.5" SR22 is probably much better to learn on. the MKIV, especially with target grips, is a pretty BIG gun.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:07 PM
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I just stared my 8 year old GG daughter shooting with my SR22. She's about average height for her age and slender. It hasn't bothered the kid a bit. She loves it. I did start her shooting my CO2 pistols last summer so she pretty well had the procedure down although she gets a "What's the safety drill?" before each shooting session and she always knows it correctly. She could shoot the MK IV off a rest now but it's a little heavy for her otherwise.

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Old 02-17-2017, 03:46 PM
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I think the sr22 would be better for small hands. Thanks for the input everyone!
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:15 PM
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I agree the balance and weight should work well for her. Good job dad
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Here we go. My 8 year old boy can shoot it20170209_160140.jpg

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Old 02-18-2017, 06:32 PM
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I would thing a 22/45 lite would be a good consideration for smaller kids. Because it is ,well Light.
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