Experience shooting with physically handicapped children

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by jon89, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. jon89

    jon89 New Member

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    Hey all I was looking for some advice on shooting with handicapped children. I have a little girl on the way( first one). The dr told my wife and I she will not have a right hand and I was wondering if anyone has been through what I will be going through with teaching her how to shoot a weapon I know it it still early to be thinking about this but I am one who likes to be prepared and would like some advice if anyone has any
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Shouldn't be too hard to deal with as far as shooting goes.
    It's a safe bet She will be a left handed shooter. By the time guns come into play She will be well adjusted to getting by with one hand.
    You may want to pick up a good shooting rest for her before rifles come into play.
     

  3. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    I totally skipped the "With" and read it as "Shooting physically handicapped children". I need more sleep.
     
  4. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Congratulations on your first little girl! Having a child (right now I have a daughter, with a son on the way), is the best thing about my life. I honest to God wouldn't change it for anything.

    Regarding her hand, I'd like to give my condolences. As a parent, a birth deformity is something that terrifies me almost more than anything. We were lucky with our daughter. It's too early to tell for the boy. However, of course she will still be a terrific girl and a wonderful child. It might be hard on you guys, but she will of course overcome her disability very early on.

    I wouldn't worry too much about shooting. It'll come, in time. I haven't had to deal with anything like that, but I don't see it as a huge hindrance in shooting. Like the previous poster said, you can get shooting rests for rifles, and people have been shooting handguns one-handed since the dawn of firearms! You know, I'm willing t bet when she's a little older (6+ I would think) she can even learn to shoot a rifle without a shooting rest. I've seen it done somewhere. It would be awkward, but not impossible.
     
  5. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I would start looking at prosthetic companies , they can help you out more than most of us here . I have a friend thats 35 or 36 years old he lost his right arm from the elbow down to a IED explosion that got their Humvee . I haven't seen him in a few years but I do have him on my FB acct . Im sure he still shoots I will ask him what he does and explain the situation . Hope I can help
     
  6. jon89

    jon89 New Member

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    She will be the joy if our life she already is and we still have 3 months to go. I have done research and people say most of the time when they are born with a limb missing they don't even miss it. And that they find there own way to do everything. And as far as her being left handed it won't be hard for me to show her how to do things left handed sense I'm a lefty myself. And I know she will be able to at least use a pistol when she gets old enough. And the drs say it will just be her hand. So hopefully she will be able to use her right arm for support with a rifle.
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    She'll do just fine in life. She won't miss what she never had. Congratulations on your upcoming baby girl. She will be the light of your life. And you're right. She will be able to hold a rifle up with her arm. And very likely support a pistol with the end of her arm, too. I'm betting some day she'll out shoot you.
     
  8. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Congratulations, I have two daughters myself. I really love them and my son. She will do just fine shooting pistols one handed. She will need a support stick if she will hunt later on. Humanity has survived due to their ability to adapt. She will adapt and strive. You might be surprised how strong her handed arm becomes to compensate for the missing hand. Once again, congratulations dad!