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Old 07-06-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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if your children shoot.....

How old were they when they started? What did they start off with? I want my older girls to learn and my bf and I are planning on taking them to the range soon. Just curious

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Our kids are still young but DH wants to take me to learn and the kids when they get older. Great thread!
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DH comes from a big hunting family (DH isnt a big hunter but enjoys it) so gun safety and use is taught early on. I just asked him and he said DS is getting closer to the age he would think about taking him and he will be 6 in Sept.
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I should add just in case someone gets their panties in a bunch this would with dad in a gun range to learn gun safety and for future hunting if he would choose at a later age. I think actual hunter safety is teenage or older.
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At almost 5 Dh took dd to the range to teach her about gun safety.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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At our local range the minimum age to shoot is eight. My oldest is twelve and strong so she should be able ti handle my bfs 22 rifle. My middle dd is pretty small and not very strong. Suggestions?
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My children have not yet but I was 8 when I learned. My husband is a cop and my dad is hunter so the boys have been around guns their whole lives (locked up of course but they know guns exist) Anyway, dh sits at the dining table and cleans his guns and goes through all the parts and safety and all while he does. It is a normal thing for my boys. He is planning to take ds1 this fall to shoot for the first time and my parents are planning to get him a BB gun for Christmas (that will stay locked up at my parents house).
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I am not really familiar with guns. I would love to learn though. My husband as well as his family all have guns and target shoot on occasion. My DH took our oldest for the first time when he was 6 (he is very mature for his age). I can go ahead and tell you my daughter will not be ready until way older!! My son is a people pleaser and always follows rules! He is a great listener,responsible and remembers what he is told very well. My daughter on the other hand (only 4) is miss independent. If you tell her not to do it she want to do it even more. She forgets rules very quickly (or acts like she forgets!) and lets not forget to mention that she is super clumsy. I love my sweet girl like crazy, but I don't see her personality changing that much in the next 1.5 years so we will be holding off on putting a gun anywhere near her! You know your child best so if you think he is ready than I say go for it! Like I said I have little gun knowledge but if it exist I think it was a 22 of some sort that he shot. Hope that helps some!
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22 caliper bolt action rifles best, not much kick. kids shouldn't use handguns, they can easily be turned around where as a rifle can't. also bolt actions important because there's an extra step prior to taking another shot.

sounds like fun! good for your girls btw, I think learning about guns is really important
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22 caliper bolt action rifles best, not much kick. kids shouldn't use handguns, they can easily be turned around where as a rifle can't. also bolt actions important because there's an extra step prior to taking another shot.

sounds like fun! good for your girls btw, I think learning about guns is really important
Totally agree. My husband and his family have grown up around guns. This is the gun he suggested as well. He also said probably start teaching at around 6 or 7 years old, but it really depends on the kid. Like y'all have mentioned: how well they listen, how seriously they would take it, etc.
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