My son now 11 has been competing in 3 gun local matches fornthe last 9 months. I stqrted him at 5 on an mp15 22 w a red dot. He now shoots 22 pistol 20 gauge shotgun and 223 rifle. Started on rimfire stages w knockover steel. My daughter now 6 shoots 22 rifle but I help her support the firearm. My son has been drawing out of a hokster for 1 year now. Shot his first idpa match local this year. They know recite breathe the 4 rules of gun handling. Playing nerf guns arou d the house same rules apply.