WEE1 Tactical kids ar-15
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Sure to get the antis’ knickers in a bunch, the new JR-15 from WEE1 Tactical is a scaled-down AR-15 chambered in .22 LR with a couple kid-focused features built in.

WEE1 Tactical kids ar-15 rifle

The JR-15 weighs under 2.5 lbs, has a unique safety that gives parents some extra control over the rifle, and has magazines available in 1-, 5-, and 10-round capacities.

When I get back from SHOT Show I’m going to request a T&E unit to take to the range with my daughters (9 and 6 y/o). But only if they’ll thread the barrel so I can shoot it suppressed. That’s one of the best ways to introduce kids or new shooters to firearms and make it a pleasurable experience.

WEE1 Tactical’s press release follows:

WEE1 TACTICAL is ALL IN at the 2022 SHOT Show® this January 18–21 and will be joining an incredible list of more than 2,000 exhibits at The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

We are excited to announce that we will be presenting the JR-15 .22Cal Long Rifle this year! The JR-15 is the first in a line of shooting platforms that will safely help adults introduce children to the shooting sports.

We believe that this introduction early on will produce a deep respect for firearms that continue and last for a lifetime of safety!

Our goal from day one was to develop a shooting platform that was not only sized correctly, and safe, but also looks, feels, and operates just like Mom and Dad’s gun. Safety was so much at the forefront of our thought process that we developed and patented a tamper resistant safety that puts the adult in control of the firearms safety switch. The developers of the Wee 1 Tactical JR-15 have been in the firearms market for over 40 years. Schmid Tool has been providing firearms components to our customers in the AR-15 market specifically for more the 30 years. We are so excited to start capturing the imagination of the next generation to enter the shooting sports.

The JR-15 functions like a modern sporting rifle, however and most importantly its Lightweight & rugged polymer construction and Ergonomics are geared towards children. Additionally, its Single shot capable with a one round magazine/ The JR-15 is accessory ready with picatinny, M-LOK handguard, and seven position adjustable buttstock. We believe that with proper mentorship this platform will build confidence and teach responsibility.

Please find the JR-15 Specifications below:

Size: 27 7/8″ Collapsed / 30 7/8″ Extended
Weight: Approx. 2 lbs
Safety: Patented Tamper Resistant
Lower: Polymer
Upper: Polymer
Trigger: Mini Mil-Spec
Barrel: 16”
Sight: No Sight Included / Red Dot Recommended
Magazine: 1rd, 5rd, 10rd, ships with single rd mag



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  1. avatar Geoff "A day without an apparently brain-damaged mentally-ill demented troll is like a day of warm sunshine" PR

    Coloring books? Stickers?

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  2. “No sight included/red dot recommended”

    Always teach kids and other new shooters to use irons first, then give them a red dot or low-ish power optic.

  3. Rather than forcing one to purchase additional mags they should have made one mag that was parent-settable to multiple capacity limits. After the first session that single shot affair will be unnecessary and tedious for all concerned.

  4. How cool is this!!! My kids are grown. My granddaughters dad is a fudd(& combat vet). Them’s the breaks. Still way neater than those pink 22 rascal things…about Shot Show. The best stuff I saw was Leapers UTG scopes & mounts. Made in USA with nothing chinesium.

  5. I dunno. Seems like you could just go from a .22 bolt action to a 10/22 or Model 60 to M&P 15-22 if you want your kids to learn to operate a modern semi-automatic.

    • Yep. This is the dollar store version of the M&P 15-22. It literally is worse in every single way. Want a one round mag? Here’s a genius idea. Hand the kid a mag with only one round in it. Already has a threaded barrel and adjustable stock. This is absurd.

  6. I agree that shooting suppressed can help new shooters with marksmanship however, I do like a new shooter to come away with more respect after the first time out. Sometimes a little noise helps send it home that this is a powerful tool and not a toy

  7. The problem with kid rifles is they outgrow them so quickly. Then you are stuck buying them a full sized rifle a few years later.

    • Making a combat-veteran friend shoot a pink Crickett and ring the 100yd gong was worth buying it in the first place.

  8. Cant wait to give one to my grandchild with a EOTECH HWS XPS2. Rabbits in his back yard stand no chance.

  9. a coloring book too, good training 🙂

    “ok sweetie, see the target? Stay inside the lines and color with the bullets.”

  10. When I read about this, a quote came to mind…

    “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

    —- G.K. Chesterton

    If we apply this in today’s world and the world our children will grow up in…

    “Fairy tales don’t teach children that monsters exist. Children already know monsters exist. Fairy tales teach children monsters can be destroyed.”

    This is what we need to do to prepare our children, teach them that monsters can be destroyed and its what they need to know. Today’s children are going to grow up in a world that by the time they leave home will be even more infested with monsters than it is now. Safe gun use and ownership and defensive gun use are some of the things they will need to learn because not all monsters are stopped by words and wishes and laws and governments and complying and whistles and mental health professionals and cops.

    • Wish you had cited a source for that quotation. I checked G.K. Chesterton in my Bartlett’s, but it’s not in there.

      • The original quote is:

        “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

        —- G.K. Chesterton


        I changed ‘dragons’ to ‘monsters’

        If we apply this in today’s world and the world our children will grow up in…

        “Fairy tales don’t teach children that monsters exist. Children already know monsters exist. Fairy tales teach children monsters can be destroyed.”

        Sometimes people change it to be:

        “Children already know monsters exist. What they need to know is how to defeat them.”

        Both my change the this one encompass the original quote meaning.

        • The quote is derived from Chesterton’s essay “The Red Angel,” in Tremendous Trifles, it reads:

          “Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

          That may be why you could not find it in Bartlett. The quote is really a condensed version of that in his essay.

  11. They should put one next to a normalish AR to show the scale. At least i hope they scaled it in. otherwise the stock is gonna go halfway down the kids chest.

  12. Okay, it’s all well and good to have variety. But I taught my daughter starting from a single-shot old Stevens .22 bolt action. Graduated to my old Ruger 10/22. She had ZERO difficulty learn the safe and accurate shooting of my AR’s and other both rimfire and centerfires.

    One principle was to first demonstrate the field stripping of each gun. Explain its mechanics. Reassemble and load one round at a time, including in the semi-autos. Let her get the feel of the thing without worry of a second, uncontrolled shot.

    She’s now an adult on her own, a safe and well educated enthusiast.

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