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Ultimate_sig 06-21-2012 07:51 PM

im haveing a child soon questions
My gf is pregnant with our 1st child and my question is at what age can i start teching them how to handle/shoot a firearm and what caliber should i start with. Should i get them there own firearm and is it a responsible thing to do teaching them at a young age. I dont want them to think its a toy

kytowboater 06-21-2012 07:57 PM

Well first congrats! Children are amazing, yet a big challenge. Get your sleep now! I would think you can start teaching the rules, when they can understand what you say. I would start them on air soft guns, then move to .bb or pellet. Then when your confident in them .22 rifles. It will depend on the child. I remember being 6 shooting 44 mag carbine and an ar15. Mind you after time with a bb gun and 22. Constant safety talks etc.

Sniper03 06-21-2012 08:23 PM


Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting time! And no matter girl or boy they like shooting and spending time with Dad whether shooting, fishing or just hanging out!

There is nothing wrong with starting them out young. We are talking about two or three. They learn quickly and the more we work with them the faster they learn. I started mine of around 2 with toy guns. And worked with them regarding pointing them at people when we went on our imaginary target shooting and hunting trips or handled the toy gun. As the got older around 4 I started them with a BB gun shooting cans and just having fun. Later a 22 rifle. But all the time still instructing safe gun handling skills. If they had it down at 4 they then began to shoot a 22 bolt action single shot rifle that I had cut down for them. Preferably shooting supported from a bench or table. If it was off hand it was only for a brief few shots since the rifle was still heavy for them and I did not want to discourage them by them struggling to hold the rifle up and hit the target. To instill success at this age is very important. Of course today they have some nice little 22 cal Bolt Action Rifles called the Chipmunk and other similar rifles for little people. By 7 they were shooting small caliber rifles and pistols/revolvers. By around 12 they were shooting everything that Dad would shoot. And sometimes I did not get to shoot much if you know what I mean! But I sure got to watch and coach! LOL! I would have it no other way! My oldest was a boy and we have one daughter who loves to shoot when she gets a chance and does have her own guns. Now we have four children and 7 grandchildren who most all of them are pro gun and like to shoot when they get a chance and get down to see us. I am blessed due to the fact Dad/Grandpa has a 100 yard max. range here on the property.
So we send you our blessings regarding the little one! Boy or Girl makes no difference when it comes to enjoying the shooting sport and all the benifits to the family it brings. Have fun, spend valuable time with the baby and teach the little one to enjoy shooting, firearms, safety. discipline and respect!
My Grandfather use to say: Quote! Show me a Boy/(Girl) that loves the out of doors, fishin, huntin or shootin (His exact voice expressions) and I will show you a young person who is much less likely to ever get themselves into trouble!

gollygee 06-21-2012 08:42 PM

It's amazing how well toddlers learn. You hear of kids being able to read prior to pre K! Firearm safety should be taught as early as possible, using toy guns of course. Now, as to real guns, each child will be different. Temperment may be the important thing. If the child has really bad temper fits, don't give them a gun! ;)

Ultimate_sig 06-22-2012 12:46 AM

Thanks all will take all advice and use tginking nerf to airsoft to daisy to 22. Thanks agian

Ultimate_sig 06-26-2012 12:55 AM

I explained this to my gf and shes like no my child will not shoot guns...lmao what momie doesnt know wont hurt her

Wiseman3 06-26-2012 03:21 AM


Originally Posted by Ultimate_sig
I explained this to my gf and shes like no my child will not shoot guns...lmao what momie doesnt know wont hurt her

just got to get mommie shooting first pull will fix that issue

canebrake 06-26-2012 03:28 AM

Nothing is a big deal until it's made a big deal.

I grew up in a house that had guns that were not hidden. No, they were not left lying around, but when used, cleaned and discussed it was open and not in hushed tones. Hell, I was in middle school before I found out not every home had a gun. That's because my dad answered every question I had about them.

I fired his M1911A1 when I was only 9. I went into the woods hunting with him at 11.

That is why I like the following;

In a society's endeavor to deal with firearms, it is much healthier to impart respect and knowledge, than to inculcate fear. - cane

Tell a kid they can't have something and that will be the only thing they will think about. It's the human condition.

Do your part and give your kids the gift of knowledge. It's a gift they will thank you for.

Truth and understanding, even about evil black rifles, is far better than mystery and fear.

Worked for me, and I think I turned out OK.

Bear304inc 06-26-2012 03:41 AM

Sniper & Cane are spot on. Teach them early the basics, then gradually work them up according to their maturity level, and be open about guns don't cloak them in the mysterious cloud of secrets, they will suprise you. Only you as the parent will know for sure when they're ready to progress. Congrats and have fun.

Zombiegirl 06-26-2012 04:16 AM

My Dad used to take me shooting at a friend's farm since I was about 7ish. His guns were never locked up. We learned at a young age that they were not toys and that we did not play with them when he wasn't home. My concern nowadays wouldn't be your child, it would be the other kids that will eventually be hanging out at your house.

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