Yesterday, I decided that since school starts Monday I would take two of my Grandsons to the range and introduce them to the world of center-fire autopistols. The youngest is 12 and has fired my Charter and Puma SAA .22 LR revolvers and my S&W M&P 15-22 black-rifle (I ain't going to war anymore and I don't hunt anymore either so .22LR is enough for me and cheap to shoot anyway). The older boy is 18 and has fired a Remington 30-06 rifle that his mother's new boyfriend told him he could have. Both of them have heard my gun safety speeches and have been drilled on firearm protocol with my guns in a confirmed and double-checked unloaded condition. So I had them load up a bunch of magazines, fill the range bag and pistol case with goodies and off we went. I have three auto-loaders: a S&W Bodyguard .380 conceal-carry gun; a Glock G22C in .40 S&W; and a Rock Island Armory 1911A-1 that eats .45 ACP. At the Bullethole Range in Overland Park, Kansas I got the older boy his own membership (the young one already has a junior card) and shooting specs, got everybody into their ears, and we began with the little .380. Each boy shot a mag with the little gun with surprisingly good results for novices. Then we moved to the Glock and that got their attention, especially the "bunny-ears" of flame that the compensator slots emit. After a full mag of that each, I got out the 1911 and indicated for them to have at it. The older boy went first, gingerly expecting a fist-full of recoil fury! At the end of his 8 rounds, he turned and gave me the biggest grin I've seen since Christmas. Then his little brother stepped up to the line, hefted the RIA, slapped in a magazine and proceeded to blow seven big holes in his zombie target (one flyer but still on the paper). He also nearly broke his face grinning! I was a happy Grandpa! That night we watched pre-season football and cleaned guns. Could any day have been better; I got to spend time with my Grandchildren, got to shoot and watch them shoot, passed on the love of firearms to a new generation and had help cleaning my pistols! Life is good!!!