Q: My 12-year-old son has been coming with me on pigeon shoots for the last three years and he’s now keen for me to buy him a gun. What do you recommend? Should I start him with a .410 or a 28-bore?

Peter says: A lot depends on the stature of the child, but nothing will evaporate the enthusiasm of a young lad faster than learning to shoot with a .410. The very minimum I would start him on would be a 28-bore, moving on to a 20, or even a 12-bore as soon as he can handle the weight.

Use the lightest loads available for the gun’s bore size and there should be no problem.

Make sure he enjoys some early success and you will create a lifelong devotee.

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