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Old 02-14-2011, 03:10 AM   #1
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It seems the number of people interested in guns, especially the younger generation is growning. I've been teaching a 4-H shooting sports class for a few weeks now, whenever the weather permits that is. I teach 10-19 year olds how to shoot 22lr rifles. Currently I have 5 kids, I started with two in the middle of last month. Today one of the parents shows up and I reocgnize him as one of the local FFLs and his son is ripping the x ring out of the targets at 33 yards. Impressed with the improvement the man, Luke, asks me about competition and what kind of gun the kids might need and what the requirements are to compete. I simply said "Whatever they are most comfortable with". The dad asks his son and the other kids what they like best, with the expection of my best student (who favors a bolt gun), they all respond "The Ruger 10/22" as one of them holds it up for his dad to inspect. I'd been bringing this particular rifle because we only had 2 rifles for 5 students, one a bolt action Savage and the other my Ruger 10/22.
I told him the students already had the right idea for the best rifle and why such as it is fairly low maintenance being the stainless steel and synthetic stock version, not to mention easy to expand and tailor to individual goals.
He simply asked how many we needed. "Five's a good start." the 4-H shotgun instructor who was watching said. "They'll be ready for you by this next Sunday." was the simple and generous response from Luke.

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Very nice.

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that is FAN-TASTIC! gett'm started right! GOOD DEAL!

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I teach 10-19 year olds how to shoot 22lr rifles.
Very cool! A little side question. . . Do you find that the length of pull on the 10/22 is comfortable for some of your smaller kids?
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MasterPsmith customized a 10/22 for his grandson. it's in the threads here somewhere.

Sorry for the hijack.

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An oustandingly generous jesture!! Much Respect!!

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Very cool! A little side question. . . Do you find that the length of pull on the 10/22 is comfortable for some of your smaller kids?
No, most of them have a good purchase on the gun. I only have one who has trouble with getting a good grip on the gun, but he is fairly small for his age, thankfully he is only interested in bench-rest style shooting which he is getting better at. Hopefully with a new 10/22 and a 6x scope he'll start really driving nails.
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Well an update on the 4-Hers is they got a rare chance to shoot something larger than a 22lr and in 3-round burst. A fellow gun-enthusiast had a full-auto H&K MP5 on the other end of the rifle range line and you can imagine the two that showed up to class could barely concentrate while a full-auto 9mm was going off. So I walked them over to watch for a moment while the fellow practiced and not too long after we returned to the rifles he came over and offered the kids a chance to shoot it.
Of course I filmed it as they may never get the chance to try a gun that expensive for a very long time.

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Well an update on the 4-Hers is they got a rare chance to shoot something larger than a 22lr and in 3-round burst. A fellow gun-enthusiast had a full-auto H&K MP5 on the other end of the rifle range line and you can imagine the two that showed up to class could barely concentrate while a full-auto 9mm was going off. So I walked them over to watch for a moment while the fellow practiced and not too long after we returned to the rifles he came over and offered the kids a chance to shoot it.
Of course I filmed it as they may never get the chance to try a gun that expensive for a very long time.

YouTube - MP5 3-Round Burst
thats totally awesome. i like how he took the time to make sure they were comfy with the recoil before going auto.
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Just an update on the 4-H boys and their regional competition.
I had one make 4th, 8th, and 14th out of 15 picks that go to state.
The one that made 14th is a special education student with an IEP (504 plan) and has made significant improvement both safety and shooting wise.
Unfortunately I wont be able to go with them to state but my 4th place shooter's father is a fellow teacher so they'll have someone to look to if they need help.

We're thinking of getting the boys peep sights from Tech-Sights, but we arent sure. I could actually use some feedback on peep sights vs notch and post (pistol style) sights.

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