I did not let my 9yo daughter pick up a firearm until she had four basic rules memorized:
1. Finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
2. Do not aim at something unless you intend to shoot it
3. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
4. Know your target and what is behind it.
We have been shooting together for about two months now and have not had any problems. We always clean the rifle when we get home and she is memorizing the different parts. She can do everything but the recoil spring-guide pin-bolt dance. LOL
It is an absolute joy to hang out with her and do this!
Last edited by sprucansailor; 08-25-2011 at 7:26 AM..
Reason: Edited to add she is 9.