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Old 11-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #31
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Strict no-guns household. Any friends that came over couldn't even bring their toy guns into the house. Had to be left out on the porch. My first exposure to guns was at a friends house where we could shoot skeet off the back deck. We had all of the ammo and all of the clay birds we could ever use up. I would spend a weekend there and go home with a black and blue shoulder on Sunday night. Bought my first guns from buddies or co-workers when they were available (and I still have every one!). Made up for lost time real fast, but it was dangerous. I am lucky there were no accidents because I learned most rules the hard way.

I have more than made up for the failings of my parents though. My sons were taught from birth about guns and have been shooting since they were young. First thing they were taught was the rules. After they could recite them from memory they started handling them.
My wife and I came back from a morning hunt on Saturday at around the same time my sister (close friend adopted into the family) showed up with her 2 year old son. We all know how curious they are at that age, so with her permission, I let him "help" me clear and return the weapons to the safe, and let him handle a couple of the .22s I have. He got a real kick out of the AR 7.

She didn't grow up around firearms in her household, so she is also learning with her kids, and she is in full agreement that if the mystery is taken away at a young age there will be a better understanding of them and a respect for them as they grow up. This will help to make them safer as adults.

Over Christmas break I will be taking her oldest to an indoor range with my uncles '02 Winchester to get her started. At 7 YOA, she has already gotten the ten rules down, and has followed them perfectly so far.

Kudos tyou Viking for starting you kids off on the right foot. We need more parents that are invovled in their kids lives.
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I grew up in the country. Red dirt road country. Volunteer fire department and party line telephone country.

I was given a .410 the day I was born (literally). Dad's 30-30 Marlin was on a deer foot rack on the wall of my room. His Fox 12 g and his Marlin 39A were next to the dresser in his room.

We did not depend on game to eat- but a lot of our diet involved .22 rimfire. Mom and my sisters were competent with a rifle or pistol. By age 6 I was hunting, usually with one of my teenaged uncles. By age 11 I could take a rifle or my new pump shotgun and hunt on my own, on our own property. At that age I could buy ammo at the local country store. The storekeeper went to church with us, knew my folks, and was friends with all 4 grandparents.

EVERYONE had a single shot shotgun or a rifle behind the door. Crime? Nope. Lock your doors? Nope. Know anyone in prison? Nope. Know anyone that has been shot? Yeah, Uncle Charlie. German sniper wounded him in Normandy. He got the sniper.

Guns were a normal part of everyday life.
Sounds like the way it was around here. Almost word for word!!
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I grew up in the country. Red dirt road country. Volunteer fire department and party line telephone country.

I was given a .410 the day I was born (literally). Dad's 30-30 Marlin was on a deer foot rack on the wall of my room. His Fox 12 g and his Marlin 39A were next to the dresser in his room.

We did not depend on game to eat- but a lot of our diet involved .22 rimfire. Mom and my sisters were competent with a rifle or pistol. By age 6 I was hunting, usually with one of my teenaged uncles. By age 11 I could take a rifle or my new pump shotgun and hunt on my own, on our own property. At that age I could buy ammo at the local country store. The storekeeper went to church with us, knew my folks, and was friends with all 4 grandparents.

EVERYONE had a single shot shotgun or a rifle behind the door. Crime? Nope. Lock your doors? Nope. Know anyone in prison? Nope. Know anyone that has been shot? Yeah, Uncle Charlie. German sniper wounded him in Normandy. He got the sniper.

Guns were a normal part of everyday life.
This is pretty similar to how I grew up too.
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We had guns in the house as far back as I can remember, so did uncles and grandparents. I had a bb gun by nine, a .22 at eleven, single-shot 16ga at twelve, and finally got to go deer hunting with the men when thirteen.
I read all Dad's hunting mags and learned the Ten Commandments of gun safety well before I got the .22. Knew better than to touch the guns without permission, and by fourteen me and the neighbor kid were doing a lot of backyard plinking after school. No tin can was safe.

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I don't remember any rules. But grew up knowing that guns could hurt, or kill ya if ya was not careful with them.

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The only gun in my house growing up was my BB gun. Mom and Dad have never opposed them, they just didn't have any use for them.

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The only gun in my house growing up was my BB gun. Mom and Dad have never opposed them, they just didn't have any use for them.
Yeah, and we couldn't shoot anybody in the ass...
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I don't remember any rules. But grew up knowing that guns could hurt, or kill ya if ya was not careful with them.
That's basically my house.

My grandpa introduced me to firearms when I was around 8 or so. I do remember him telling me to never point any gun at anyone.

My dad had several rifles and shotguns hanging on the walls at our house. Occasionaly he would take me out in the backyard and we'd do some plinking.

I believe that since I was exposed to them at a young age, and since I could handle them anytime I asked if my dad was around, that my curiosity wasn't really there. We never handled them without permission.

I got more interested when I enlisted. I bought my first gun on my own dime when I found out my wife was pregnant with our first. Realized we lived in a crappy neighborhood and might need to protect ourselves at some point.
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i can't remember any guns my father had being locked up. by the time my brother and i were in our early teens, we had our own guns and kept them in a gun rack on the wall our father made for us.

guns were never a mystery to us. we were taught the rules of safe gun handling at an early age.

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For my 7 birthday I ask my parents for a BB gun they said no, so I asked my grandma she sent one in the mail. After that my parents realized that there was no stopping it. So my dad went out and bought a marlin papose. He taught me how to shoot but he wasn't that great on safety my mom was she would beat my butt if I did anything unsafe. We lived in the country and so from then on I grew up around firearms. My dad realized he needed something bigger when we came home and a dog killed all of our chickens he put 20 rounds into it and had to reload. So he bought a 9mm pistol. A little later he found out the hard way that he needed to carry. So he got his hgcp. I grew up with normal progression 410 shotgun 10/22. By the time I was 9 I was trusted to take the pistol out by myself (with permission and if I cleaned it). Both my parents grew up in firearm friendly homes. They went hippie but before I was born were back to normal.

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