I agree a small bolt action rifle to start. My daughter is 7 and she does really well with her savage rascal. I do own a SR22 but she is still not ready for the pistol. It is SA/DA so the trigger is not the issue. The rascal has an adjustable trigger. Right now it is set as heavy as it can go. She has shot enough and is getting really good at aiming. I now let her operate the bolt. I still put the round in for her but she can do the rest.
If I was going to get a starter pistol for her to use I would go with the Phoenix arms hp22. Small light cheap.
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