I think 16 is a great age to be able to shoot. I was a lot younger when I started. To own I'm not sure. I don't think I would let a 16 year old have one in his room or anything. Maybe if it stayed in my safe and he wasn't able to get it without me opening the safe. I don't think I would be OK with him being able to get hold of it without me around. Plus the can of worms it opens God forbid something happens.