Children and The Range.

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Shihan, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    Do most ranges allow children to shoot or do they have an age requirement? My reason for asking is something I read in another thread:
    It is a shame the girl had to wait until she was 17 to enjoy shooting and the other is going to also.

    If ranges do not let kids of a younger age, say 10 and under shoot I don't think I would frequent that range.

    What do your ranges do about younger children and shooting?
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    No restrictions during open shoots if accompanied by an adult, legal guardian, responsible adult.

    At the couple of competition shoots that I have attended, there were kids roaming about and taking part.

    At the indoor ranges, as long as there is no more than 2 kids per adult, they are allowed to shoot.

    The way it should be in my opinion.


  3. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    An absolute shame...Silly Rabbit, Guns are for Kids!!

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  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I mostly shoot at outdoor ranges because I reload. My son started shooting when he was really young. BB guns at about 4 or 5. He is now 11. He can shoot my 357 mag now. He is scary good too! I would not use a range that does not allow kids to shoot with supervision. However safety training is an absolute must!!!
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I should also note...I trust my 11 year old son with a gun more than I would trust a lot of adults I know. Age has little to do with responsibility. It is all about the ability to follow instructions and make good decisions. Some adults just never get it.
  6. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member


    Could not agree more rick my son started on the clay rane at 7 with a little .410. He was so aware of his safety training he would pull so called experienced shooters for safety breaches. He is now one of the UKs best youth shooters at 15. Whoops my *** good stye. But I am so proud of him.

    Start them young but teach them well
  7. Mack Bolan

    Mack Bolan New Member

    i was at the range last night, and i like to see kids of all ages and sizes there with adults or parents, validate this remark....a father and son(maybe 9-11 yrs old) were in the lane next to me, the dad was shooting a ruger 77 in .243 and he had another semi auto .22 rifle as well...
    i noticed early on that for a rather pesty kid, the dad was not providing a whole lot of instruction/direction if any at all.
    I was pretty surprised to hear the dad ask the kid if he wanted to shoot the .243 especially after seeing the kid jump after just hearing his dad shoot it. -my thought being he's a kid, you dont ask, you tell...instruct, show direct, watch and correct right? well, at some point he let his son shoot the .22 rifle and he didnt watch so when He(being the dad) went to pick up the .22 and shoot it, it was loaded, round chambered and safety was off. Apparently the Dad wasn't so experienced himself as he just went to pick up the rifle, finger on trigger.....bang!

    I'm glad it was pointing down range....

    so kids are only as dangerous as the adults that (do or dont') educate them and i have noticed in more frequent visiting of the ranges that their rules often held to with as much regard as the ones posted by the pool.

    i'm sure that is nothing new to most of you all.
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

    I totally agree. If you see an unsafe act commided by a kid, you can blame some idiot parent near by. My son keeps muzzles down range. He also checks a weapon to see if it is loaded or not. He has had a few jams here and there. I am always proud to see that the rifle is still pointed at the target as he asks me for help.

    My Dad is someone that will turn a gun sideways to examine it during a jam. I have taught all my children to pivot their body instead of the gun. That keeps the muzzle in a safe direction. I have to babysit my Dad instead of my kids!
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    The Anarchist-in-Training (youngest granddaughter) will be 14 on Monday, been shooting with me 4 years now, associate member of my range, has to be with an adult member, belongs to the NRA. She is more responsible with a firearm than some adult shooters. When she shoots, she is within arm's length of me on the line. When she started shooting, could not use the benchrest, so I would pick her up, and she would sit on top of the bench, shoot sitting position, with sling. Some days that she is not with me, I may see other kids at the range with Dad- If I have a kid sized gun with me, will ask DAD if son or daughter would like to shoot?

    Fun part of shooting- a healthy, strapping 25 year old man can walk up to point 10 on the line, and be SOUNDLY thrashed by the 62 year old grandmother on point 20, AND the 15 yr old girl on point 1.
  10. phoinixbird

    phoinixbird New Member

    My daughters, 15 and 9, have been shoot for 2 year now. We use an outdoor range in New Castle, IN and as long as there is an adult with the child they"re aloud to shoot. The youngest likes to shot the 30-30 and the oldest likes the 9mm handgun. We also shot on family land in the country too.
    The indoor ranges in Indianapolis don't allow children. :-(
  11. carloglock19

    carloglock19 New Member

    I guess it all really depends on the rules of your local range. I take my 12 year old but I seen one of the range employees bring their 7 year old to shoot. For the most part I think as long as you practice range safety and muzzle etiquette and supervise your child/teen while shooting most ranges shouldnt have a problem.
  12. pagj17

    pagj17 New Member

    Before I was 18, I used to go shooting at our indoor range. the Range master allowed my friend and I to shoot without checking our IDs and all... Hand guns and rifles:)
    Up until recently my dad wasn't ever really able to go shooting with me(always working), so I'm pretty much self educated(He gave me the basic instructions when I was a wee little lad) and yeah. What a learning curve when you go from "basic safety instruction" to shooting an assortment of weapons. I picked it up fast nough though!
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    One consideration that should be given to little ones is that safety equipment needs to fit properly. If not, children may seek to shoot (or be near the firing line) without safety equipment.
    Eye and ear protection for adults may not fit a pre-teen, but will fit a teen. (and I have a heck of a time trying to find the correct size for kids)