BB guns are a type of air gun designed to fire pellets that are small and spherical. BB gun pellets are usually small steel balls that are approximately 0.175 inches in diameter. They can have limited accuracy at times and, although there are BB guns designed specifically for children, it is always best that the child is supervised when using a BB gun and closely monitored.

BB guns do have skin-piercing capabilities with a potential velocity of 200 feet per second, it can even fracture bone. The BBs used in these guns can be made from lead or steel, and the guns themselves vary in style, design, and weight.

Before buying a BB gun for your child, make sure to go over all the safety procedures with them and explain the DOs and DON’Ts before allowing them to start shooting. BB guns for children are most often used for target practice and training.

Safety Tips

The following BB guns are all designed for younger, entry-level shooters, but you must keep all safety tips in mind:

  • Always use protective eye wear
  • Inspect your gun before shooting
  • Always keep the gun pointed away from animals and people
  • Always treat your gun as if it is already loaded
  • Scan your surroundings to look for potential danger
  • Find your target and scan around and behind it
  • Do not climb or jump when you are holding the gun
  • Do not shoot at metal objects or the BBs can ricochet
  • Respect other people’s property. Only shoot at the designated target
  • Always be sure there is adult supervision

1. Daisy Red Ryder Fun Kit Boxed

daisy red ryder fun kit boxed

The Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun has a classic style and design and features a solid wood stock and forearm with a lariat ring and leather thong. The Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun can shoot up to 195 yards and is a 1.77 caliber air gun. It is lightweight at around only two pounds, so it is easy for a child to handle, and it is lever cocking and spring air controlled. It features a cross bolt trigger block for safety.

Key Features:

  • Includes shooting glasses
  • Includes Daisy Precision Max BBs
  • Lever cocking and spring action
  • Adjustable rear sight
PriceWeightShot CapacityVelocityAmmunition TypeCaliber
Under $50.002.20 pounds650 shots350 fpsDaisy Precision Max BBs.177 BB or 4.5 mm

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2. Ruger Explorer Youth Rifle (Black, Large)

ruger explorer youth rifle

The Ruger Explorer Youth Rifle comes in black and is designed with a spring piston single stroke break barrel with an all-weather black composite. The Ruger Explorer can be used by children who are either left or right handed and includes a cheek piece for added comfort during use. It is also equipped with an automatic safety and a light frame and shorter overall length making it easy to handle.

Key Features:

  • All-weather composite black stock
  • Ambidextrous
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Vented cheek piece
  • Improved accuracy
  • Automatic safety and rubber recoil pad
  • Shorter length and more lightweight
PriceWeightShot CapacityVelocityAmmunition TypeCaliber
Under $70.004.45 lbSingle shot495 fpsPellet and lead ball0.177 cal

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3. Crosman Raven Compact Break Barrel Rifle

crosman raven compact break barrel rifle

The Crosman Raven Compact Rifle is made from only high-quality materials and is the perfect size for smaller shooters. Every rifle is performance and quality tested, and Crosman maintains its reputation as the most trusted name in airsoft and airgun accessories and equipment. It is also all-weather and ambidextrous which means it resists corrosion and your child can easily handle it whether they are left or right handed.

Key Features:

  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Rugged and synthetic
  • Fully adjustable fiber optic sights
  • Dovetail grooves
  • One pump cocking force
  • Rifled steel
  • Cross bolt safety
  • Spring power source
PriceWeightShot CapacityVelocityAmmunition TypeCaliber
Under $70.005 lbSingle shot600 fpsPellets, BBs, round balls0.177 caliber

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4. Daisy Buck Model 105 Air Rifle

daisy buck model 105 air rifle

The Daisy Buck Model is a Lever-cocking, spring air action BB rifle that is designed for children as young as ten years of age, with adult supervision. It is made with a stained solid wood stock and engraved solid wood stock with a steel barrel. It is lightweight and easier for younger children to handle and effectively learn how to shoot. It is the perfect BB gun for practicing and training by shooting at targets.

Key Features:

  • Lever action spring
  • TruGlo fiber optic front sight
  • Fixed rear sight
  • Engraved solid wood stock
  • Steel barrel
  • Lightweight
PriceWeightShot CapacityVelocityAmmunition TypeCaliber
Under $50.001.60 lb400 shots275 fpsBBs0.177 BB

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5. Zombie Hunter Target Pack with Airsoft Pistol and Accessories

zombie hunter target pack with airsoft pistol and accessories

The Zombie Hunter Airsoft Pistol is spring action with a twelve-round magazine and built in hop-up BB system. It comes with a zombie hunter target for practice and the BBs fall neatly into the collection tray for easy cleanup. It is constructed out of all metal parts and can fit into a real holster. It is ready to go for indoor and outdoor fun and could be a fun competition between friends to see who can hit the full-color target. The target also features a sticky gel that will help keep the BBs in place as you shoot and hunt for zombies.

Key Features:

  • Spring airsoft pistol
  • 12-round magazine
  • Built-in hop-up BB system
  • Built with metal parts
  • Comes with BBs and a target for practice
PriceWeightShot CapacityVelocityAmmunition TypeCaliber
Under $30.000.9 lb12 rounds350 fpsBBs6 mm

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Out of all the BB guns I have reviewed, I would go with the classic — The Daisy Red Ryder Rifle. It is the perfect size for a child and is easily handled and manageable when it comes to training and target practice. Again, with all BB guns, there should be adult supervision, protective eye wear, and open spaces in case of any ricochet for safety.

In Addition to your New BB Gun Purchase, you should consider getting these accessories:

12 multi bullseye splatter burst shooting targets

12” Multi Bullseye Splatter burst Shooting Targets

  • Bright and high contrasting colors
  • Shots instantly turn fluorescent yellow on impact
  • Great for use with all the BB guns in this review
  • Available in packs of ten, twenty-five, or fifty
  • Heavy duty non-adhesive tagboard

daisy .177 caliber bbs

Daisy .177 Caliber BBs

  • Easy to Use
  • High-quality product
  • 4000 count premium grade BBs
  • Zinc plated
  • Ultra-Smooth
  • Can be used in all .177 pistols or air rifles

Generic Tactical Goggles Outdoor Protective Eyewear

generic tactical goggles outdoor protective eyewear

  • Steel wire mesh
  • High-quality PVC
  • Adjustable elastic belt strap
  • Mesh lens eliminates fog problems
  • Soft foam for comfort
  • Designed for long-term use
  • Perfect for shooting

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