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Old 08-29-2011, 01:33 AM   #31
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I can say from personal experiences that one could never be too young to start with the gun safety. I was started at about 6 months old sitting on my fathers lap out at the range with a little model 27 Hamilton and now that I'm a father I'm starting my son out just over a year old. He gets to sit with me tomorrow morning out at the range. My first rifle is now his first one. Start them young with proper firearms safety and you'll never have a problem.
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I think a .50 BMG to the grape might challenge that theory... :)
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:25 PM   #32
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I let my son pull the trigger on my Ruger MkII .22 pistol when he was 4 (after getting a recommendation from his Pediatrician about hearing protection...enough of a cotton ball to go into his ear covered with a layer of Vaseline) had him in the back yard shooting a BB gun at 5 (using the prone, kneeling, sitting and standing positions). Got him his first .22/.410 combo gun @ 7, moved him up to a 20 gauge pump and .22 @ 12 (originally got him a semi-auto .22 but have since traded it for a Savage bolt action that he wanted originally).

By age 12 he had shot my 1911 .45, Glock 22 & 23, my wife's Taurus PT111 9mm, bolt action .243 and M-4 carbine. He loves shooting my 10/22 and MKII pistol, but tends to shoot too fast, so I make him put no more than 5 rounds in a magazine (so he's able to change magazines in his sleep now ).

Oh, I almost forgot, We shoot Airsoft pistols at designated targets in the backyard too, but regardless of what he's shooting or where the same rules apply for all.
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:04 PM   #33
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In a society's endeavor to deal with firearms, it is much healthier to impart respect and knowledge, than to inculcate fear. - cane

Age is secondary to the knowledge transfer. Start by being a good example.

Get her dirty, then clean her so she starts to respect you. When her trust is complete, she will serve you well for a lifetime!

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #34
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I have to agree that a child's mind soaks up

information at any age like a sponge.

Gun safety and training should be from

the cradle to the grave. A lifestyle-

a mindset-one of our proudest heritages.
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