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5 years 44 weeks ago, 11:34 PM

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I have voiced an interest in teaching my girlfriend's son how to shoot a gun. This subject has been met with a very cold welcome up to this point, not because of anything that has happened in her past, but the fact that she does not understand what enjoyment that shooting can bring to a young man. We have been discussing this both rationally and realistically and have come to the conclusion that the young man is capable of learning how to properly handle a firearm. I told her that we will start him off with an air rifle. Teach him the proper handling of the weapon and get him aclaimated to this before he gets to graduate to a .22. He will have to prove to me that he can operate the air rifle safely before we move on to the firearm stage of learning. So far, she is very receptive to the idea of her son handling a gun and wants me to teach him right. I am more than thrilled at the oportunity to instruct him on how to safely handle a gun. I think the reason that she finally broke down was that I wanted to bring some of my guns into her home. All of my firearms are stored at my father's house after my recent divorce and I am starting to miss them terribly. I feel rather naked without my guns, especially when I am on the road while working. I think that this is going to work into my favor and it will make sure that the next generation will have a good understanding and respect for firearms. The child want to learn how to hunt and has a real passion for it. I think it is time to test the waters with this one. I will keep you posted.

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5 years 44 weeks ago, 3:10 AM

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bluesharp

i think you got it figured right by starting with air powered guns,you didnt state how old the kid is but i started my kids off with Daisy Red Ryder's with the newer fiber optic sights.they are called the Buck.we still have a blast with these cheap BB guns even though my kids are far more andvanced in their shooting capabilities.

5 years 44 weeks ago, 3:29 AM

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He is 9 years old.

And smart as a whip. I am gonna be testing his maturity level to see if he can handle the responsibility of a gun. I think a Daisy Red Ryder will be the BB gun of choice to start with, then maybe a pellet rifle. If he can handle that, then we might move up to a .22. He has a real fascination with guns so far. I may turn him into a gun lover just like me. That would suit me just fine.

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5 years 44 weeks ago, 11:09 AM

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I started my son at age 5 on the red rider. Problem with that thing is he was not strong enough to cock it. He would have to put the stock up against his foot and then pull with all his might to cock it. It was real good for teaching him how the saftey worked, since the barrel was facing up and sometimes twards him as he would pull on the lever it taught him to saftey it every time he cocked it. He graduated to a 22 bolt action 2 weekends ago at the range. I was a proud poppa as the range people were watching close and he was as safe as anyone out there.

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