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Old 07-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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At what age did you start teaching your kids about guns? At what age did you let them shoot, and what did you start them out with?

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At what age did you start teaching your kids about guns?- The day they started moving around the house via their own arms and legs

At what age did you let them shoot,- Only when I knew for a fact they understood what they were going to do

and what did you start them out with?- Toy Gun, if they cant learn to respect it, they cant have a real one

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At what age did you start teaching your kids about guns?- The day they started moving around the house via their own arms and legs

At what age did you let them shoot,- Only when I knew for a fact they understood what they were going to do

and what did you start them out with?- Toy Gun, if they cant learn to respect it, they cant have a real one
this sums it up.
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Yeah we are past those parts. Just was trying to get other dads input. I have a 14 yo girl and 7 yo boy. Both love shooting and both know not to touch my guns unless I am with them.

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Yeah we are past those parts. Just was trying to get other dads input. I have a 14 yo girl and 7 yo boy. Both love shooting and both know not to touch my guns unless I am with them.
If they are ready and so are you, a nice midsized 22 single shot or bolt action is a great starter for your daughter and a BB gun for your son. Store them with your weapons and make them care for them just like dad does. I would have your Daughter take the Hunter safety course even if she doesnt want to hunt. She will learn some things but also get a chance to meet others her age that enjoy safe firearm usage. Get your son to the course before he gets his first real gun.
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You teach them about guns as soon as they notice that they exist in the home. You teach them to stay the hell away from them. When they are old enough to have a full understanding of the concept of sudden, violent death, and are physically capable of handling a gun without assistance, then you might want to begin to teach them to shoot. What age? It depends on the kid. Some may be ready by age 12 others are not ready at the age of 35.

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If they are ready and so are you, a nice midsized 22 single shot or bolt action is a great starter for your daughter and a BB gun for your son. Store them with your weapons and make them care for them just like dad does. I would have your Daughter take the Hunter safety course even if she doesnt want to hunt. She will learn some things but also get a chance to meet others her age that enjoy safe firearm usage. Get your son to the course before he gets his first real gun.
I think you are right for the most part. At this time, we have three bb guns in my safe, even though space is getting short in the safe. I also get the idea that the OP's kids may be a bit farther along than the first post lead on to.

Age is not how you will know. My son is 12, and by most peoples standard, should be able to shoot a single shot 22 with minimal supervision. The probkem with that is he is also autistic, and we are only at the let him hold a gun and learn to respect it stage. I have a coworker that has a son of 6 or 7 that has been shooting for about two years now. If you think that is too young, I was 7 wheni fired my first semi auto pistol. Learned then that you can have troo hight of a grip. I don't remember when I started shooting, but I remember that I was the oldest grandkid shooting, and the only one shooting a semi auto that day.
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16 is the minimal age at all the ranges in my area. Still, My 13 daughter enjoys all my "water guns", and she looks 16 My 16 yo son learned around that age too.

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Yeah I have started both of them out on bb guns. I have a simi-auto 22 and bolt action 22. My daughter doesn't like shooting them that much, and I have let my son shoot it a few times and loves them. We are going out shooting them today. My daughter talks about going hunting all the time but really doesn't show much intrest in shooting. I'm not going to force her to but I do want her to know how to use and respect one. My son on the other hand, well lets just say he is allllll boy! THANK GOD! But I was wanting to know what would be the next level? I would like to get a small 22 pistol, to get them familiar with the feel of a pistol. Good or bad idea?

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I think you are right for the most part. At this time, we have three bb guns in my safe, even though space is getting short in the safe. I also get the idea that the OP's kids may be a bit farther along than the first post lead on to.

Age is not how you will know. My son is 12, and by most peoples standard, should be able to shoot a single shot 22 with minimal supervision. The probkem with that is he is also autistic, and we are only at the let him hold a gun and learn to respect it stage. I have a coworker that has a son of 6 or 7 that has been shooting for about two years now. If you think that is too young, I was 7 wheni fired my first semi auto pistol. Learned then that you can have troo hight of a grip. I don't remember when I started shooting, but I remember that I was the oldest grandkid shooting, and the only one shooting a semi auto that day.
God Bless you Jeb, the challenges are many for those without DD's, my 7 yo Grandson is also Autistic and his life can never be that which he deserves but we will do what we can to make it as good as it can be. I dont see a day coming when he will ever inherit any of my weapons and thats a bit sad. He is a real whiz at so many things, but connecting mono e mono with the real world just isnt one of them.

I got my first bb gun when I was 8 and my first 22 when I was 12. I was allowed to go shooting and hunting alone at 14 but could only shoot with friends if an adult was present until I was 16. Age is a government thing not reality, each child develops differently but teaching them as young as possible will instill it into their brains. Teach them young and often!
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