Getting a MARLIN Start

Finally, manufacturers are recognizing that kids need guns that fit them too. As much as anything else, this is probably due to the fact that manufacturers realize if they don’t get our youth interested in shooting, they won’t have anyone to sell guns to in about 20 years. That’s good business sense but it’s also good for kids.

Marlin's XT 22 has a great trigger and is sized just right for kdis.

I, or more accurately, my kids are testing Marlin’s new XT youth .22 rifle. So far we have been impressed and it is only the second rifle – the other is Henry Mini-Bolt – my six-year-old daughter can shoot. And, she is learning and liking it. You can read our full feature article on Marlin’s XT Youth rifle in an upcoming issue of Buckmaster’s Gunhunter magazine.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Getting a MARLIN Start

  1. Michael B. Saari says:

    When I was in the Cub Scouts they used to take us to the gun range to shoot 22 rimfire rifles. They stopped doing this about 25 years ago when the anti gunners decided Americans shouldn’t own firearms so they dropped the program.
    Thank you for writing an article that reinforces the importance of teaching our youth firearm safety and marksmanship.

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