Best BB Guns For Kids

Kids have used bb guns to shoot targets for ages. But at what age should they be allowed to use a bb gun? And which bb gun is best for them? Find out in this post.

Should Kids Be Allowed To Use BB Guns?

That answer really depends on the maturity of the child. Generally, bb guns are recommended for kids who are at least 8 years old and have some shooting experience. But the way to get shooting experience requires actually shooting a bb gun, so this is up to parents to decide when it is appropriate to start.

If you decide to buy your kid a bb gun, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing one. Perhaps the most important is size. You want to choose a bb gun that fits the child’s size that they are able to carry.

Other factors to consider when purchasing a BB gun for a child include:

  1. Age-appropriate: Choose a BB gun that is appropriate for your child’s age and skill level. Some guns are designed specifically for younger children, while others are better suited for older children with more experience.
  2. Safety features: Look for BB guns with safety features such as a trigger lock, safety glasses, and a muzzle cap. These features will help prevent accidents and keep your child safe while they are using the gun.
  3. Easy to use: Make sure the BB gun is easy for your child to handle and operate. Some guns may be too heavy or difficult for younger children to use comfortably.
  4. Accuracy: Choose a BB gun that is accurate and easy to aim. This will make it more enjoyable for your child to use and improve their shooting skills.
  5. Quality: Look for a high-quality BB gun that is durable and will last for many years. Cheap, poorly made guns can be dangerous and may break easily.
  6. Parental supervision: Remember that BB guns should always be used under adult supervision. Make sure you are with your child when they are using the gun, and teach them the proper safety precautions to follow.

BB Guns For 10-Year-Olds

Most bb gun manufacturers do not recommend allowing a child younger than the age of 10 to use a bb gun. Make sure to check the age requirement on the gun’s packaging before buying one for your child.

However, what is more important, is how attuned the child is to use one safely. A 10-year-old or younger should never use a bb gun without being supervised by an adult. What also matters is the child’s size. If a 10-year-old is large for their age, handling a bb gun may not be a problem.

An example of a bb gun that can be used by 10-year-olds is the Adult / Youth Daisy Red Rider BB Gun.

BB Guns for 12-year-Olds

Most BB guns can be handled by 12-year-olds and up if used with adult supervision. By this age, the child will likely be large enough to hold the gun and understand safety instructions.

BB Gun Kids

However, it’s important to remember that every child is different and maturity levels can vary. Before allowing a child to use a BB gun, parents should consider their child’s age, experience, and maturity level, as well as their ability to follow safety rules and handle the gun responsibly.

In general, it’s recommended that children under the age of 16 be supervised by an adult while using a BB gun. It’s also important to ensure that children receive proper training on safe handling and use of the gun before using it on their own.

What Age Should A Kid Be To Use A BB Gun?

There is no definite age limit for using bb guns and they can be fired by the very young and old alike. However, The Consumer Products Safety Commission insists that kids be 16 years of age or older before using BB guns.

It is important to remember that a bb gun is still a gun and can easily hurt or kill a child if not safely used. This is why they should never use a bb gun without adult supervision. Also, laws in your area may prevent the sale or firing of bb guns under a certain age. Different states and countries have stricter or more relaxed laws around gun ownership.

An example of a BB gun that is well suited for kids and young people is the Crosman Pumpmaster 760 Pellet / BB Gun.

Where Can Kids Use BB Guns?

BB guns are best used by kids in backyards, designated target shooting locations, on ranches, or other open spaces far away from homes, animals, or vehicles.

Kids tend to shoot at things other than targets, so you don’t want them to cause any damage to property. BB guns can cause serious injury, so parents should always be present when kids are shooting them. It’s also important to make sure that kids know how to use BB guns safely and responsibly. This will require giving them proper instruction before they begin shooting.

When shooting bbs, some may drop on the ground or be found near the target. Should you let your child reuse these? Find out more in Can You Reuse BBs?

Safety Practices For Kids Using BB Guns

Safety instructions and gear should be given to kids that use bb guns and require them to follow them at all times. This will also require having adult supervision to make sure they do not stray from these.

Some best practices for kids using bb guns include:

  • Wear safety goggles or glasses.
  • Point the barrel down when not shooting.
  • Keep the safety on when not shooting.
  • Never point the barrel at another person.
  • Keep the trigger finger off the trigger when not shooting.
  • Never rest the bb gun on the ground.
  • Never leave the bb gun and walk away from it.
  • Never get into the line of fire of another shooter.
  • Never step onto the target range without an adult giving a proper warning to others.
  • Never shoot without adult supervision.

By teaching and enforcing these safety practices, children can learn to use BB guns safely and responsibly.

For related information, see Are Air Pistols Safe?

To Close

While bb guns are fun for both kids and adults to use, they come with safety risks. BB guns will always be dangerous for children to use, regardless of how many precautions parents take. So, if your child wants to shoot a bb gun, try and make sure it is being handled carefully at all times.

Lawrence the Airgun Ranger