My boys both got guns on their first birthdays. My ten year old is now an excellent shot and goes with his Dad regularly. This was him (on the left) and his buddy last weekend (ducks).
We don't have handguns - at all. It's also pretty hard to conceal a rifle/shotgun ... so maybe that's where my point of view comes from. I don't recall every seeing my Dad in his truck without a long gun of some sort.