Well was thinking bout taking him to the range this weekend. Was planning on renting a .22 type pistol and let him shoot it but he has asked more than once to shoot the .40. Im not scared for him to shoot it but dont want to scare him off shooting either. His only experience is with .22 rifles and he likes them. Hes 9 and is very good kid. hes has an airsoft pistol and Ive trained him to handle it as if it was a real handgun for the time he will handle the real thing. Hes really good about it and wears eye protection and at times corrects me when Im not being safe enuff with his toy. Now my mindset is its a toy but hes been trained that its just as seriouse as a real handgun. So I go with what he says to keep it as hes taught. Now my question is what are the shooters here opinion and personal experience on this subject. Hope Im in the right forum.