My family didn't allow us to have/own BB guns (although later, even after I had my first "real" gun I bought one) as they thought kids were careless with them and didn't observe proper gun safety rules as they would with something like a .22 rimfire rifle.
When I was 12 my Grandmother took me out and taught me how to shoot using her pristine Remington Mod. 12C .22 Pump repeater.
On my 14th birthday she gave me her equally pristine Colt Hammerless "Baby .25" Automatic (pistol).
(Now how Politically Correct would that be in today's world?
I still have and cherish both the Baby .25 Auto (in its Pre-War Geo. Lawrence holster with SWASTIKA snap on the flap
) and the Remington pump rifle.
All I can say is that they sure DON'T MAKE "
everyday" firearms now like they did when she bought those!