It is very important that your kid's first shooting experience be fun and and exciting. That means seeing that big poof of smoke as a clay pigeon explodes. Gun fit is where good shooting starts. A Pump gun with a 30 in. barrel and 14 in. length of pull is very awkward in the hands of a small person and makes hitting a moving target nearly impossible. Many manufactures make scaled down youth/ladies models that fit a smaller body. If the gun fits the shooter, he'll hit more targets and come away with a big smile instead of a bruised arm and a bruised ego.