We tried it out yesterday.
We had our PPE on.
There was no accidents.
He liked shooting.
Loved it??? Maybe not.
He took about 15 shots.
I haven't been able to get him to really aim using the sights.
But he is holding it correctly.
He is more interested in his toy guns he doesn't have to be so careful with LOL.
We will keep working on it.
Cool. As I said just don't push him too hard. I know it's hard. I'm a Dad who loves to shoot and I very much want my boys to love it too but if we try too hard we can ruin any fun they may have.
Maybe have him outside with his toy guns watching Dad have a blast shooting. It may tweak his interest more if he sees how much fun you are having.
I have a hard time with my 3 year old and the noise I want him to watch and enjoy the shooting weekends as my best friend also has a 3 year old who watches I tried earmuffs he Likes wearing them I don't know why he bails after the noise...any ideas to help
With my boys, now ages 15 and 17, they were taught from Day 1 all of the Eddie Eagle safety rules and these applied to all guns, real or toys (the toys that look like "real" guns- not Super Soakers and that sort of thing). My boys do not treat toy guns any differently than they treat a real one to this day.
When they were about 7 or so years old I gave them each a copy of the NRA Firearms Safety Rules and told them when they had them memorized then we would start working with handling real guns. These days they are absolutely some of the safest people you will ever see on the range.
Eyes and ears must always be worn when shooting. They carry ear plugs with them everywhere they go, and frequently eye protection as well.
Bad habits are very difficult to break, so if you see anything that will develop into a bad habit put a stop to it now. don't put it off until next time.
My daughter is 4 and she shoots her. 22 cricket and loves it she has to tuck the stock under her arm but that wont stop her. I dont expect her to have all the safety rules memorized but she knows not to touch the trigger, a guns always loaded, and she walks around with the muzzle down. I didnt think thats to bad for a 4 year old. But, we still have years to prefect safty
For what its worth my best friends kid is 6 and I shoot with him all the time. 10/22 Rifle is too big for time to really handle so he has to prop it up on the table. He can handle my Ruger Mark III handgun no problem though. We started him out on real guns . We never let him shoot by himself. i.e. we are always standing behind him or touching him/guiding him the correct way. Hes got the hang of it, and likes my pistol the most.