Specifically the ever popular Russian relic:
Ahahah so true… i’ve been saying that for years.
Just like people that recommend full grown adults start out shooting with a .22LR, High Point etc… Sure it’s economical, and if you decide you don’t like shooting then you really won’t lose money. But lets be honest shooting .22LR is not as fun (nor as cool) as shooting an AR-15 for example. Seeing how an AR-15 has basically no recoil, a few thousand rounds through one of those you’ll have the fundamentals down just as well as you would have on a .22LR but will have made more noise in the process.
I believe guns should be recommended based on budget, not some ridiculous notion that it’s actually “better” to start out on a <$200 handgun/rifle.
Shooting is a humbling experience though. Beginners that jump straight to a $8000 rifle/scope combo will most likely be irritated when they find they can’t shoot dime sized groups at even close distances.
Hat tip: Danny