Do either of them own a bb gun, a pellet gun, or a paintball gun?
You should check out some Airsoft tournament videos on YouTube to see what it's all about, if you aren't really sure.
I would imagine even the youngest is at the right age for one, but that's definitely a subjective assumption. If you think both of them are capable of handling the responsibility of owning one, then go for it.
A lot of boys have a natural curiosity about firearms. An airgun, especially at their ages, would satisfy his curiosity and ,with supervision, teach them to handle it safely. I have been a firearms safety instructor for the last few years. Probably 75% of the kids we teach are 12 years old; in Most states that is the age,with a safety certificate, that the child can hunt deer. These programs are not hunting programs per se, but Firearms Safety. A lot of parents also take the classes with their kids.
I started buying air soft for my sons about five years ago. They are now 15 and 19 and still enjoy them. They do tend to get a little out of hand with the combat fights outside but no one has been seriously injured (yet). I would say that if your boys are responsible and can follow rules you set about the use of the guns to go for it! I have even witnessed grown men having a blast with air soft...:)
It's a parental choice and has to be based in many factors (like the kid's personality and matureness) that we can't possibly know as we haven't met them. Here's an online poll where someone asked the same question: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2008/08/when-should-a-k/ . In my opinion, I wouldn't buy an airsoft gun to an 11 year old, (in general) they're just not mature enough to handle any type of guns and those pellets can do a lot of damage if they strike certain parts of the body, even more so considering there's a 5 year old around that might handle a misplaced gun (11 year olds are not particularly known for their neatness). Good luck.
NO WAY! Even if your son is a great kid, who listens and follows your rules- the air gun pellets hurt. I mean really hurt! Chances are that inevitably your daughter is going to get nailed by her brother. Not to mention anyone else. There is no reason to have this type of toy that inflicts pain at this age- sorry but what's wrong with nerf? The kids in our town have nerf wars even older kids. Same type of man hunt game- but no one gets hurt.
I have a 10 year old son that I purchased an air soft gun for. My opinion is that it depends upon the child. If you feel that your son is responsible enough, and you or your husband would be able to somewhat supervise, then I see nothing wrong with it. My son has had a BB gun for a couple of years now. He knows the rules and has been very responsible. So...it is all in the child! Good luck!
My son is 8 1/2, and mature for his age. He received one for his 8th birthday, and does fine with it. However, we keep it put up in our room, and he is only allowed to use it with an adult supervising. He does enjoy it, and it is something he and his dad can do to spend some one-on-one time together.
I would say you know your child best and it depends on his maturity. I have four boys ages 10,12,14 and 17. My three oldest have one but I wouldn't trust my youngest yet. I feel he isn't mature enough so its cap guns for him.
My first year at Boy Scout camp I was only 11 and I took the rifle merit badge class. We used 22's which are considerably more dangerous than an airsoft gun. I personally grew up with an uncle and a grandfather who hunted so I had been around guns my whole life. I can't speak for the rest of the kids that were in the class. But to my knowledge there has never been an incident where a child was hurt/injured/killed with a rifle at that particular Boy Scout camp. I guess what I'm trying to say is, with the proper guidance they should be able to handle an airsoft gun without any issues. You just need to be a responsible parent and ensure they follow a strict set of safety rules and supervise them every minute they use them. I would also recommend taking them to a hunters safety course. I also took one of those prior to that year at Boy Scout camp with everyone in my troop. They need to understand that there are serious consequences for not following the rules which go far beyond getting their toy taken away.
My 11 year old has had use of a BB gun for over 3 years now. Again, like others have mentioned, it's locked away where they can't get it unless they ask and there is always an adult supervising its use.
I agree w/ R. Florentino. Words like "responsible" "mature" don't usually go along with "eleven yrs old, energetic, fun loving!".
I wonder if you took a poll of the neighborhood kids/parents what their view would be? :--) I'm not being mean, but sometimes parents ONLY see one side of their child, I know I did.
I would NOT risk it. The whole "guns are fun" thing is a bit questionable, and what is the worst possible scenario w/ this? I know of two boys who have lost an eye, in games that should have been "ok". And they should have been "mature enough". You don't know until afterward if they are.
I'd stick to something that may be an outlet for his energy, high spirits etc but short of a gun, even one like you're suggesting. Just my pov. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
And speaking of licensed hunting courses....they are better than just giving a kid a gun, and I know in many families, and in much of the country hunting/fishing are part of the culture....but I worked with a woman whose 12 yr old killed himself, by accident, after taking that licensed hunting class with his dad. Decided to clean the gun on his own after school. So, I'd say, always think of the "worst case" and go from there, ESPECIALLY with boys in that age group. (And I raised 2---their main physicial outlet, which all kids need, was sports, from age 6 on.)
I think it's commendable that you have stuck to your 'guns' (pun intended) within regards to your younger son. You aren't disallowing something the older children enjoy but yet aren't allowing the youngest to take part based on his individual maturity level. I think that awesome but as a parent myself, I can't help but chuckle...that HAS to be painful for your 10yr old not to be able to jump in and participate. :-) Kudos to you.
No - buy him something that will able him to use his energy in a more productive way. Our son had an airsoft gun, as did many of the neighborhood teens - we decided as parents, quite independently to ban their use. Unless there is an adult who is willing to supervise things get out of control - neighbors complain, etc. And, by the way, we live in a very rural area.
Depends on YOU as the parent. We wouldn't hesitate to do so but that is also because we tend to supervise kids and set rules. On the other hand, we've had an ongoing problem with the neighbors because their kids have shot other children, shot animals (resulting in serious injury, pain and cost), shot windows, shot birds, cars...basically anything that moves. It got so bad with the other neighbor, she had to call the police and we have threatened to do so.
You might also want to check with your local law enforcement group to make sure that airsoft guns are permitted in the area. In some places (due to actual laws or HOA rules), the spring-loaded ones are OK but the gas-powered ones are not, for example.
I bought my 10 year old airsoft last year for Christmas. Different types of airsoft shoot at different speeds. I just got him the spring loaded type that shoots plastic bbs, not the ones that use cartriges. He loves them, and while they can be a bit of a mess, he sets up soda cans in the basement and shoots at them. If your kids are semi responsible, I would say they are okay, but if your kids are the type that would shoot baby sister for fun, then I would refrain. I really does come down to the child.
The airsoft guns are not allowed within our city limits. Make sure he uses goggles, the entire eye area needs to be protected. Make sure your homeowners covers any damge or injury he may inflict. I am serious, people sue for anything.
I forgot to add that my son is NOT allowed to play with them outside. We have a finished basement and he shoots down there against one wall were nothing can be hurt. He wears his goggles and any pellets he doesn't pick up and reuse we vacuum up and throw away.
Whether you are riding a bike, driving a car, or shooting a firearm, the kids learn from the parents by instructions and example. Rules are set by the parent or gaurdian. Common sense dictates what you are comfortable with.