My 10 year old daughter has been shooting either bb or air rifles since age 4. She loves it. In the last couple years she has progressed to a S&W m&p15/22 and a m&p.22 compact pistol. Now that she has an ingrained fundamental understanding of safe/effective weapon manipulation and utilization of open sights, I think it's long past time she progress to optical sights and begin to build a skill base for long range applications.
In order to facilitate this, I'm going to have to learn quite a bit myself(big grin). My plan is to pick up an SWFA 10x SS for my 5.56 AR, because I can more easily afford to shoot it than my old .264 win mag hunting rifle. This scope can later be transferred to a future 6.5 creedmoor that we can both use when she gets a bit bigger and is ready to progress.
I would like to find a scope that I can mount on either her m&p15/22, or to a dusty old .22wmr bolt gun that I've had waiting for her. Ideally this scope would facilitate her and I to progress side by side through a low budget father-daughter "Sniper 101" learning odyssey over the next couple/few years until she's ready for the 5.56. I think she's at just the right age that learning to construct and utilize charts and tables will be a very worthwhile and enriching endeavor.
So, with all that being said, is there a scope out there that is less expensive than the SWFA, that would be particularly well suited to filling this role? Something that has turrets that will actually track with some amount of precision and repeatability if not asked to hold up to centerfire recoil? Would it be smarter to just get her something like a $100 fixed 6x primary arms with dedicated .22 BDC and let her learn hold overs and hold offs with a reticle? There is a lot to be said for that skillset, but it doesn't encourage the math, documentation, analysis, etc. that comes with dialing in firing solutions.
This wouldn't be such an issue, but my budget is tight lately, as I'm currently a full-time student at a trade school. I'm going to have to sell stuff to afford the glass, mounts, and ammo to pull all this off this summer, but I really think now is the time. Before she's a teenager and only want's to hang with her friends.
Any and all ideas or advice from the forum would be genuinely appreciated.