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Old 09-27-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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I took my 9 yo daughter on her first trip to the range today! We were shooting the .22 Marlin on the pistol side. We started out at about 10 yards, and she hit a bullseye within about 5 rounds! Not bad for the first time. After the first round we moved the target back to 25 yards and shot some more. She hit 2 more bullseyes before we left! She was real excited, kept telling the other shooters and the rangemaster how she shot better than Daddy. When we left she borrowed a pen to write her name on her target so "Daddy wouldn't take it"! I tell you what I was one proud papa! I was worried the noise would bother her, but after the first few reports, she didn't even notice! I might just have a new Annie Oakly on my hands!

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Old 09-27-2008, 11:37 PM   #2
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That's awesome fl. It's always good to instruct the younger generation in the fine arts of the firearm.

I would say your daughter has a fine future ahead of her.

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That's awesome fl. It's always good to instruct the younger generation in the fine arts of the firearm.

I would say your daughter has a fine future ahead of her.

JD
Agreed but do your daughter and all of us a favor be more than a proud papa be a completely responsible one , this right here

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I was worried the noise would bother her, but after the first few reports, she didn't even notice!
Suggests that you didn't have adequate hearing protection for her young ears or yours for that matter .

I apologize if I'm wrong and actually hope I am but if not spend the $25 or so and get a couple of pairs of the Silenco muffs at Walmart they're only about $12 a pair and try to preserve everyones hearing for their entire lifetime . She wont be looking back fondly of those trips to the range with Dad if she's half deaf at 30 from all the noise .
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We had ear and eye protection. It's still kind of loud when the range is full though. The first part of the trip was at home discussing safety, range rules, and respect for the rifle.

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I took my 9 yo daughter on her first trip to the range today! We were shooting the .22 Marlin on the pistol side. We started out at about 10 yards, and she hit a bullseye within about 5 rounds! Not bad for the first time. After the first round we moved the target back to 25 yards and shot some more. She hit 2 more bullseyes before we left! She was real excited, kept telling the other shooters and the rangemaster how she shot better than Daddy. When we left she borrowed a pen to write her name on her target so "Daddy wouldn't take it"! I tell you what I was one proud papa! I was worried the noise would bother her, but after the first few reports, she didn't even notice! I might just have a new Annie Oakly on my hands!
That's the perfect age to get them acclimated to shooting and learning all the safety rules. CONGRATS!
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I recently did the same thing



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That's awesome. I can't wait until my kids are old enough for me to take them to the range.

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Next to youngest grandmunchkin started shooting with me at age 10. Looking at moving her to an AR with a stock that can be adjusted to fit her- she is about at the practical limit and wants to shoot some of the LONG range stuff w/ Grandad, but is not yet big enuff for my 30 cal stuff.

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Put a Barrett 50 in her hands

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My 13 year old daughter has taken an interest in shooting this year. She is a natural and has demonstrated much greater innate ability than I ever did. She's a lefty (which is proving a bit inconvenient, when it comes to finding a target rifle for her). I mostly collect old military rifles and the only .22 I have is a Mossberg M44US. It's a great target rifle, but is much too big for her. She has also fired a few of the big boys. Here's a picture of her firing an original .577 caliber Enfield rifle-musket. The Mossberg is on the bench in the foreground.

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