Originally Posted by Shihan
What is the reason for this, my son is 7 and he shoots at the range with me all the time?
He knows the rules and follows them. Don't make the child what to enjoy a day at the range shooting.
If that range doesn't allow it, I would find another.
It's more of a case by case thing. I wouldn't mind teaching her on something like a Marlin .22 or something like that, but she can't even lift my M&P 15 which is my only rifle at the moment. My first starter rule of thumb is, to learn to fire a weapon, you must first be able to hold it, cock it, and operate it without anybody else assisting in the physical effort of doing so.
Edit: And I need to add WHY that's a case by case rule. Before I've ever taught anybody to fire a weapon, they must hold that weapon they are to be trained on in front of me, and follow my directions. Just because you CAN charge a weapon doesn't mean your ready to if in order to do so they are swinging the rifle all over the place in a red faced effort to pull the handle. Likewise, even if they pass that portion, locking the bolt back is the next "parallel parking" style difficulty test to pass, and that often will fail out somebody who can just barely charge the weapon safely. It's really case by case, and my 7 year old daughter just doesn't have the upper body strength yet to pass even the test of lifting the rifle and holding it comfortably, let alone even charging it. She can LIFT it, but holding it for any length of time is out of the question.