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I also bought my son a m&p 22 at 12 it ran great after 1 range day he was bored with it picked up the glock 34 and was a natural with it they need to be comfortable my daughter is still shooting the 22 and has been at it a few years longer gun still runs great

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For what it's worth, my son is average size and when he was 10 he could shoot my 1911 9mm easily. He even shot my buddies 45 1911 and had hits on steel plates 6 out of 8 rounds from the magazine.
Chances are your son can handle centerfire just fine. Now for drawing and mag changes, that's more related to maturity and composure than age. I don't know if I'll ever trust son to run with a gun!

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One thing I would advise against is a .22 conversion. I've had pretty awful luck with mine, it's a TSG conversion for my Glock. Every other round is FTF, FTE, etc. It's great malfunction practice but not something that a new shooter should have to deal with. 

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On 9/2/2017 at 11:06 PM, AzShooter said:

I would skip the Mark IV 22/45 Lite.   I've gone through 2 barrels already and still can't get it to shoot half as tight as my Mark III Hunter. 

 

I built  the first 22/45 lite in this area and had a lot of steel challenge shooters laugh, till I won every match. LOL  Some good volquarsen parts, and mag work make it 100% reliable,  lite and fast, accurate enough for steel challenge.  Don't skimp on the optic, I  put a C-More on mine then it all came together.   I shoot the federals cheap and reliable.   I reliably hit that steel at 35 yards.  22 ammo was not available for a while but I traded 9 major ammo for it, that little gun has about 40,000 rounds down the tube still accurate and reliable.   Requires cleaning after every match and practice session, mags as well. 

 

Now I don't see a lot of long barrel heavy 10/45's, the same hecklers are running the Lite.

 

Back to the main question.   The most import thing is that the gun fit the hand for a youth, my small hand go to, for my female friends is the CZ Shadow, fits small hands, it is heavy so it absorbs recoil, and it can be modified easily with just some spring changes to be a good production gun.  Lots of gun handling training, learning to lower the hammer etc.

 

There is a reason that all matches don't allow for drawing from the holster on 22's, it isn't safe don't recommend it, get a 9 mm, load up some mouse fart loads and let the kid have fun.

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What about buying a 22 conversion kit for a larger pistol to move on to later? Seems like many of us do it the other way around and get the 22 kit after the principal piece. You could go CZ, Sig, Glock, etc. That way when he's ready to move up it will be a simpler step and he'll be used to the trigger, etc.

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A cz 75 in 9mm with the 22 Kadet top end.  This platform would be very conducive to practicing the skills needed for action shooting and when he’s ready slap on the 9mm top end, change mags and he’s competing.   

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