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dougtoni 12-20-2011 5:00 PM

Shooting for her birthday
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My daughter just turned 16. Wow! Where does the time go? Back to the thread. So when i asked what she wanted for her birthday she replys " I. want you to teach me how to shoot like you." My wife said that i couldnt stop smiling for days.
So this past weekend came and her and i went to the range. I only let her shoot small calibers and some wadcutters. Didnt want to give her a flench. She shot 5 different handguns, automatics and wheelguns. She feel in love with my ruger mark 2. That girl went thru a bulk box of 550 rounds. Started her off with basic target shooting. Once she gained alittle confidense, i put out a couple soda cans and ping pong balls for her to shoot. When she got the down, i gave her a lesson in moving targets. I blew up ballons and let the wind blow them across the range. Its amazing how instand satisfaction really helps the learning process. I was sooo PROUD of her!!
The whole time we were there, she showed great paticence, used her mind and asked questions. But most of all she paided attention to the range rules and was always safe. She lives with her mom, so i dont get to see her much or i would have started her off at shooting along time ago, but ha you are never to old to learn how to shoot. Afterwards i let her get some drive time in. Then we went to lunch. All in all, it was a great day!

tast101 12-21-2011 4:23 PM

Congrats!! I try to take my little brother when he visits from Atlanta. Couldn't go last weekend because I was sick, he got a lil sick while he was here and it was cold and windy.

kablooie 12-25-2011 10:20 AM

very nice.
i wish there were ranges like that around here (meaning no more than a 20-30min drive away). :-\

iamgbot 01-28-2012 8:04 PM

Congrats! I hope my lil girl ask me to show her how to shoot one day. She will be 7 in March and I always try to show her pics of guns to try and win her over. But I am not trying force it on her. I don't want to blow it. You are lucky and I absolutely love the pic of you and your girl, your smile says it all. I guess we all want that.

daybreak 01-29-2012 5:59 PM

That is a great story, thanks for sharing. I hope when I do have kids, they'll grow up and show interest in my hobbies as well. She seems like a sweet kid.

dougtoni 01-30-2012 8:35 AM

Thank you daybreak. She is a sweet and very intelligent kid. She already wants togo again. I cant wait.

FresnoCNC 01-31-2012 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by dougtoni (Post 7943712)
Thank you daybreak. She is a sweet and very intelligent kid. She already wants togo again. I cant wait.

That's something that you and her will never forget. Awesome memories I can't wait to capture when I have children. Its hard enough to get my girlfriend to go. Congrats man.

Emdawg 01-31-2012 2:59 PM

Hehe that is always a good thing to see.:)

It is getting harder to see good ol' family recreational shooting in Kalifornia.

Just always remind her of gun safety.

Emdawg forgot once. Just once. Now I have two big holes in my right leg.:wheelchair:

kaligaran 01-31-2012 3:27 PM

Your grin in that 2nd pic is priceless.

That's awesome. She's lucky to have a dad like you!!! And great to hear she's taken an interest in firearms.

The only way I got to shoot before I was old enough to buy the gun myself was by joining a school skeet team when I was in jr high (we went every Thursday after school and got to shoot a box of 25 each). lol

V8toytruck 03-03-2012 9:33 AM

That right there is what it's all about ! Spending quality family time, building some fond memories. Congrats

Jimmy310 03-03-2012 2:14 PM

Way to go Doug. My pop, grandpa, and uncles took me out shooting and fishing when i was a young lad. I cant wait to pass that on to my kids and someday.

socal45 03-03-2012 3:31 PM

Thanks for sharing the story and the pics!

TMcGuff 04-17-2012 6:06 PM

i cant wait to take my daughter. sadly shes only 7 months i have a while to wait

dougtoni 04-17-2012 6:09 PM

It will be a great day when you do. Enjoy our daugther, they grow up way to fast.

GMG 04-17-2012 7:02 PM

Congrats dad! Sounded like a great day of bonding.

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