What would you buy for your son or daughter to use for their first gun and why? My son is kind of a late bloomer to hunting. He has had no interest at all in hunting until we moved back to Wisconsin. He found (surprise) all of his friends hunt and fish. So the light blub came on for him. Once again dad is wrong and just no fun. He is 14 years old and about 6' tall 100 lbs soaking wet. He has never fired a large calibler gun of any kind. Currently he and I are in our states hunters saftey program - and hes doing well. On to which gun. I am leaning towards buying a 20 gauge pump. The reason being its a little less of a punch than my 12 gauges. I dont want him to get the flinch factor or not enjoy it due to the kick on his shoulder with a 12 gauge. Also for any duck hunters out there can you duck hunt with a 20 gauge? I dont duck hunt but he wants to get into it with his friends. Thanks in advance - Todd Oh I forgot mostly deer hunting within 75 yards typically shot in our area, duck hunting, and small game. Or would you just let him use a rifle for deer hunting? If so what size caliber would you use - And then make him suck it up and use a 12 gauge w/ 3" slugs.