We have no age limits in our Colorado Hunter education classes, but sometimes we have to question the childs ability to handle a gun. This small girl although she was 12 yrs old, was only 4 ft tall and very delically built. Echo was her name and she was smart. Passed her test with a 100% score and was ready, really ready! to go to the live fire at the range. When we got to the range it was immediately obvious that we were going to have some problems. She couldn't see over the bench rest. So we found a box and filled it with hunter safety manuals and one problem was solved. (As long as her Dad held her on the box which was not a real steady foundation.) Then another problem, the smallest rifle we had was too big for her. So I let her hold the rifle over her shoulder instead of against her shoulder. She shot her 10 rounds and with binoculars Sarge could see no holes in the target. Problem, we could not graduate someone that could not hit the target. So Sarge dished out more ammo. She shot all that and still no holes. So 10 more rounds were laid on the bench rest. And then Sarge went over to the next booth where a teenage boy was shooting. This young man, Mark was his name, had no reason to like Echo as she correctly answered several questions that he missed when called on in class. Very embarassing for a young boy. But Sarge gave him 5 extra rounds of ammo and whispered in his ear that Echo was having problems holding the rifle because she was so small. Would he put a few rounds on her target? He looked at Sarge questionly but then he smiled and shook his head yes. Sarge went back to Echo and held the rife for her so she only had to aim and pull the trigger when the sights were lined up. When the cease fire was called and the targets brought back Sarge had his fingers crossed that there was some holes on it. Lo and behold there were 8 holes in the center of the target. She had hit the target 3 times herself plus Mark's 5 helping rounds. She was so excited she jumped from her shooting 'box' and gave Sarge a big hug. Mark came over and congratulated her and got a big hug too. Everyone was happy and were calling her name and patting her on the back. What a class and what a little girl. And Mark grew up a little from a teen ager to a young man. Kids like that is why Sarge teaches Hunter Safety.