Originally Posted by axxe55
AMEN, brother on that last part.
my father drilled gun safety into my brother and i from a young age. i teach my wife now. gun safety is something i have always taken seriously. much thanks to my father for that.
I was raised in a no-guns household so I was self-taught from about age 15 or thereabouts. I did a lot of dangerous things teaching myself, but fortunately nobody ever got shot in the process. My wife was raised around guns and learned to shoot at a young age (not sure exactly how old she was though). We have raised our sons to be gun-safe since they first became self-aware (pretty much the Eddie Eagle program) with the promise that when they were old enough they would be taught how to handle guns. When my wife and I agreed they were old enough (6 or 7 years old, Mom wanted to wait longer and I thought they were ready younger) I printed out the NRA firearms safety list and told them when they had it memorized then they could start handling guns. That took only a few weeks before they had it nailed and we were off to the range.
I was quite serious when I said they are more strict on gun safety than I am, but I never give them that "do what I say, not what I do" stuff. If they catch me and correct me I do as they say, so far they have always been right, nothing major or dangerous though. Things like accepting a gun without checking it is empty and safe after they have already handled it and I saw them make it safe (part of the training). They do make me proud!