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Old 04-26-2013, 8:49 PM
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Default Took my 9 year old nephew to the range.

On April 13,I took my nephew Joey to the range for the first time.The saturday before that I gave him a class on gun safety.Showed him how to load and unload with snap caps.

Tried to answer all of his questions.9 year olds are stuffed full of questions.He memorized the list of rules I gave him and so did his little brother(6 yo).He's next as soon as he's old enough.

My little sister (their Mom) was nervous about the whole thing.Her "baby" going off to shoot.

We both had a blast!Took him to Livermore where I am taking a break from RSO duties.Of course he got first class treatment.

Took him to lunch after.His favorite,Taco Bell.He says to me,"we should do this again."

I'm good with that.

His first shot.

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With his first target,now on his bedroom wall.

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Old 04-26-2013, 9:13 PM
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Awesome, what an uncle!
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:24 AM
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Good job uncle.. start em young and safety first.. kudos to you and your sister for allowing him to go and have a blast.
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Old 04-27-2013, 7:40 AM
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Thant's super, glad you had a good time, but how did you get him to stay focused, and how did you do you list for him. I had to start my Grand on A bow first, but focus is some what missing. Trying a BB gun next. I will see how that go's. Have a nice 22 for him, but until he can stay focused, it's a now go.
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Old 04-27-2013, 9:10 AM
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He is a very focused kid.Actually waited until I was sure he was ready.Age is not always a good indicator.

Got the rules off the NRA website and wrote my own list for him.Also gave him the class at my place away from distractions.He knew he needed to know the rules or we weren't going to go.

Posts like this,(kid's first time) are one of my favorites on Calguns.Think it's awesome that I got to post one.

One more young person with a positive atttitude about guns.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:28 AM
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All shooters should take a kid to the range now and then. It's good for the kids, its good for the sport, and it builds and appreciation of the 2nd Amendment.
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All shooters should take a kid to the range now and then. It's good for the kids, its good for the sport, and it builds and appreciation of the 2nd Amendment.
i take a 12yr old and a 15yr old shootin and huntin all the time. the 12 yr old has two .22s and a .243 the 15 yr old has a .270. the 12 yr old is a pretty good shot and has a good eye for spottin rabbits, hogs and deer.
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Thanks I'll check out NRA website...
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Tank 57 : I've checked many NRA website's and have not found printable youth training information. Could you be a little more specific on where you acquired your info. Thanks...
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Very nice, I agree that age isn't always a good indicator. I've taken my 4 and 5 year old out to the range, but we started off with BB guns in the backyard.

Now, I'm thinking of getting them a Henry .22lr lever action Brings me back to my childhood. Great job OP on getting some youngsters into shooting and teaching them properly.
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Tank 57, it just doesn't get any better then this. Kudo's to you ...

Might I suggest a hunters safety course on down the line.

Last I checked, Bass Pro Shops charged a few dollars to take the course and then gave you a gift card for the money spent.
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Tank 57 : I've checked many NRA website's and have not found printable youth training information. Could you be a little more specific on where you acquired your info. Thanks...
I wrote my own list for him.Didn't find any printable material.Use NRA rules as reference.
1-Muzzle safe direction,2-Finger off trigger,etc.

Kept it short and easy to follow.

Golfish,thanks for the tip on BassPro.I'll look into that.
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Cool thanks, I can do that
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Good stuff there.
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Good job OP! Safety - check! Now, let's apply it and have fun!

I go to the range from time to time with my kids. They've only shot .22's, but my oldest (16 yrs old) has recently indicated that she wanted to try the next level. I'll schedule a day and have her try my 9mm.
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Sounds like you're a good uncle. :-)
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Well done!

Here is an example of how NOT to do it: I was at the Optimist range in San Leandro years ago and was two benches over from a man and his son, the son looking to be maybe 9-10 years old.

During the target change I noticed that the rifle on the bench the Dad was shooting was 30-06 Model 700 lightweight standard hunting bolt action.

After a few minutes the Dad said, "ok, its your turn" and with some rudimentary instruction on how to butt the rifle up against his shoulder (and work the action) he stood back and watched.

I looked over because at some point I realized that the boy hadn't taken his first shot in almost 2 minutes. I turned around and looked at the Dad who was talking loudly about how this would be his "first shot ever"

I looked back over to the boy and saw the rifle butt was a good 6 inches out of his shoulder pocket and before I could say anything *BOOM*

It looked like he jumped out of skin and not 30 seconds after tears were streaming down his face and he had a mark over his eye wear the scope edge had hit him in the brow.

The "Dad" came over saying loudly "Who's fault is that?! I TOLD you to hold it up against your shoulder!" Not acknowledging the tears at all, he chambered another round and said "Try it again"

At that point I packed up my stuff and moved inside to the pistol range. I couldn't watch. Several people who I think were also aware of what was going on were talking saying things like "He's crying, that gun is too much for that kid"

It was sad. I wish to this day that I had said something...

Its very gratifying to me to read your story about how you did it right. It's like restitution for the past.
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Old 04-30-2013, 5:31 AM
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Awesome. I took my 3 nephews, BIL and my dad last summer all .22lr. All are ready to go again. Can't wait
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awesome, i started my grandkid last year when he was 8 on a sig 522 now practically every sunday is range day for us something i always look forward to.
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Good job.

However I am totaly Jelly over the
mini Japanese tanker in the living room.
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Good job.

However I am totaly Jelly over the
mini Japanese tanker in the living room.
Guns are not my only hobby.Not even the most expensive.
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