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Probably can't shoot BBs though since they tend to ricochet. Usually only pellet guns indoors.Tewksbury allows air rifles at the indoor and outdoor ranges. The indoor range has 8 bays and is empty the vast majority of the time. 98% of the time my wife and I go, we're the only ones there. I shoot a couple PCPs there at the 50ft indoor. Airguns are sadly banned in Tewksbury (ugh)
Got a basement? That's where I learned to shoot my Daisy before I graduated to the back yard.Just starting to teach my 9 y/o about gun safety with a BB Gun (Red Rider!). Is there a club near Boston that permits air rifles somewhere? Ideally not on the pistol or rifle ranges.
There is an air rifle place in Hudson, MA. New England Air. You can rent the lane. Has cameras so you can see your shots. You can rent and purchase air rifles there as well as being able to bring your own. Also plenty of great food options in the area to make a day of it.Just starting to teach my 9 y/o about gun safety with a BB Gun (Red Rider!). Is there a club near Boston that permits air rifles somewhere? Ideally not on the pistol or rifle ranges.
We set one up in the basement. Before little Jill got her first .22 rifle at age 6, she spent two years with a Daisy 880. We used 3/4" OSB covered with old carpet (stapled into place) and pinned the targets to the carpet with thumb tacks. Although the 880 can fire BBs as well as .177 pellets, we used pellets only to prevent overpenetration and ricochets. Lexi has the 880 now and we use the same setup. Works well and very safe!Just starting to teach my 9 y/o about gun safety with a BB Gun (Red Rider!). Is there a club near Boston that permits air rifles somewhere? Ideally not on the pistol or rifle ranges.
Same here with the wool army blanket. I set up the basement and hung the blanket folded over a drying rack so there were 4 layers of wool for the stop. Pellets would flatten out and land in the floor.The daisy Red Ryder comes with a nice set of instructions on shooting and target set up. You should not be shooting the red ryder much more than 15' anyway.
Growing up we shot in the hallway at a large cardboard box with random papers stuffed in it backed by a old wool army blanket.
BBs do bounce off solid objects so do pellets.
This does work well but a tad impractical at this stage.
Any place in your apartment you can get a 15-18 foot spread. Inside one room through door way into another room?Lots of helpful suggestions but I live in an apartment in Boston and don't have a basement to set up a target in. I see that several local clubs do allow air rifles but as someone mentioned, a crowded range is not the best place to teach a young child.
BTW, it has gradually dawned on me thatI'll give you my honest opinion as an instructor.
Teach him someplace quiet and private first.
Once your confident he has all the basics and safety stuff down pat , then move on to a more public venue.
Trying to teach a kid when you have to shout over hearing protection and then have someone a few stalls down cut loose with a hand cannon is not going to be productive.