I got him one of the Thompson Center Hot Shot .22lr It has an 11.5in lop and weighs less than 3lbs. It also has a peep sight and blade up front. Smooth trigger and a match grade barrel. I can't wait to get out and test this gun out. I have 4 boys and the oldest one isn't much into shooting or hunting, so I have had to wait till the second was old enough. I hope he gets lots of use out of it and can pass it down to his kids when he gets older.