My eldest son turns 21 is April. My youngest son turned 4 last month. Personally, I believe 4 is too young to understand what there doing and can be to scary for the little guys..."noise"
At 4, my eldest received al lever action "pop" gun. Looks like a "Red Rider" bit fires nothing...just makes a pop and gives a bit of felt recoil. He was taught proper handling with this over the next two years. Several times per week we would get it out and walk around the house and back yard paying attention to finger placement, muzzle control, Ect...
These were very short, repetitive lessons..."remember, short attention span".
At 6 he graduated to a 10-22 with a second hand stock I had cut down to fit him. By his first trip to the range, he was able to un-case and safely carry his rifle to the firing line where he was taught the range rules, "which matched what he'd been learning at home", how to load, how to fire, sight picture, ECT...
By age 11, he was my back up RSO on "marketing" trips with clients. He wulill be applying for his CCW shortly and there is not another man alive who I'd rather have watching my 6.
His little brothers training will follow the same path. His pop gun is already wrapped up for Christmas.
Last edited by Tackleberry1; 12-12-2012 at 04:39 PM.