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Old 07-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #11
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Re: if your children shoot.....

If your bf does trap or skeet, the kids can be the puller pretty young (5?). Then they get exposure in a controlled environment, get to feel useful, get to be useful, and get to hang out with the bf, well before they're big enough to be shooting.

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #12
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My older two were 5 and 7 when they got their guns. They are both .22s. My 12 yr old finds it a bit short now, though she can still shoot. Before we bought them their own guns, they shot DHs .22 and a couple other guns, but I don't remember which ones.
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We started teaching my dd to shoot a bb gun at 5 and a .22 at 6. We've always had guns so she's learned about gun safety her while life. She started learning archery at 6 too.
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Re: if your children shoot.....

DD was 6, and started with a Crickett rifle. Rifles are better than pistols because it is easier to grab the end when they start to do something stupid. You have a lot more control.
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DD was 6, and started with a Crickett rifle. Rifles are better than pistols because it is easier to grab the end when they start to do something stupid. You have a lot more control.
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Re: if your children shoot.....

They've been taught gun safety their entire life . They started shooting around 2.5-3 years old. DD has a Red Ryder BB gun and a Crickett 22 LR , Hopefully soon we will be getting her a CZ 452 scout and DS a Henry mini bolt 22 LR
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:51 AM   #17
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Re: if your children shoot.....

We(me and my little sister) started with pellet air rifles pretty young. I think Tara was under 5? We had 3 different ones and my mom used to joke that if my sister shot one of us and we found out we would be mad I can also shoot a bow. It is a skill I have no interest in but am naturally good at. Might come in handy if there is a zombie apocalypse. Gun safety is a very important even if you do not keep fire arms. You never know what your child may come across when they are not in your care.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #18
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My bff's son was four. He had different rifles, but no handguns. He was unable to manage a handgun safely til he was about seven-ish.

My brother started with a very small rifle at age nine, but never had any classes or training, and our mom was basically an idiot, so his gun was promptly confiscated within a few weeks by the sheriff.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #19
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Re: if your children shoot.....

The Cricketts are what we bought for our older two. They come in all sorts of colors, too.
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Wow I had no idea kids could shoot so young. I'm going to look into getting a cricket for the younger two. I'm sure my oldest can handle an adult sized 22. I'm also relieved to know that lots of families teach their kids to shoot. In my circle of friends though I know I'm the weird one lol. heck they think it's weird that I shoot
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