Yesterday I signed my 7 year old son up for a local airgun program. My wife is pretty antigun, and won't let him shoot a real gun yet. And honestly - I don't think he's quite ready for that anyway.
Well, there is a local program taught by NRA certified instructors for kids and teens. They had an open house yesterday - and my son was getting bored with all the talking about the program for the parents. Finally - kids in the program already did some demonstrating.
Since I signed my son up when we first got there, they let him join the line and watch. The actual class doesn't start for 2 weeks, and they will start with safety related stuff, and then go step by step on how to shoot. But, one of the instructors let me son take a few shows with a BB gun, just to try it. He didn't really tell him too much on how to aim or anything.
My son took maybe 10-12 shots. But in the end when he got his target, he was so excited to see he hit it 2x... Once in the 5 ring and once in the 7 ring (right on the line). He now has the target hanging on his wall at home
He wasn't too excited to shoot with wooden stock guns that look like "cowboy guns" to him. But after he shot the gun, he was so happy - he stated "it doesn't matter what the gun looks like - I just like to shoot."
Anyway - he should have fun. And in a year or so, maybe we can try my M&P 15-22 carbine that I got with him in mind. With the adjustable stock, I think it will work well for him when he gets older.