That's great. I remember buying my son's first gun. I think I was more excited than him. Always good to start them young and let them grow up with guns so they understand the danger and practice safety.
He was my big helper this weekend. I took him to let him see what it was like to be around guns. He had ear plugs and safety glasses on. He was so excited that I took him with me I was a bit worried. He behaved perfectly, I never once had to tell him to do something, or not to do something more than once. Which is a big deal for him, we have to repeat EVERYTHING to him. Afterwards he helped pick up brass and was extremely happy. I had to reward him after that.
Looks like a mighty happy young man. I'm proud for both of ya.
Thanks for sharing. Good deal on the brass getter too. He's closer to 'em anyway.
Yeah, and the great thing is, after they get to do it (with dad, in a controlled environment) it isn't so "special" anymore. By that I mean they aren't so curious about it that they would sneak behind your back.
That's what made my wife see the light. She wasn't for me exposing our son to guns early, but this was one of the few times I didn't let her be the boss. ;)
And after she realized that he actually turns down chances to shoot now, she gets it.
Recently he decided he wanted to be a cowboy and within a week he was telling me he wanted a cowboy gun. Next thing I knew we were catching him digging around in our room and found some empty cases. He was playing with them in his room. That is when I went and bought a gun safe and made sure EVERYTHING was locked up. "explained" to the wife that I needed him to understand how dangerous that was and that he was only to touch guns or anything related to guns with me when I said he could. World of difference in his attitude towards guns by just telling him that I would allow him to go with me.
Jay touched me earlier with that post on his baby to be.. Hope you guys all read it, it's on the second page in a forum topic about Optics. His wife's in the last trimester, and while she knows if their baby's a boy or not..Jay doesn't, and his attitude about being a Father shows what great parents their going to be..
Tell you younger guys something that happens as you age.. Sure it's happening to a lot of you now.. There are so many lousy roll models out their, so many single Moms..When i see a young man with a family.. Especially one that has his head on straight.. You know what i mean.. There for the kid, but not a "buddy" ..Knows what the kids are up to but not over protective. Has control, but not thru fear or yelling..
It makes you proud.. One of the neat thing about grey hair is you can say and do things that a decade or so earlier would have caused problems.. Can't imagine being a young man, and telling another he was doing a good job parenting.. Sheesh.. odd.. but as a "senior citizen" it's a different deal.. Just takes a second to nod, give a thumbs up, or in some way say "good ha".
The comments from both Saint, and Trev are in that same catagory.. That little guy is sure proud, and Saint, we have to put our weapons up when the kid's come to visit.. Mother of our grandkids is over protective.. Great son-n-law.. Sure he's going to involve the girls in "all things" wild as they get older.. Keep telling them about the little pink .22 i see all the time..
This coming summer is going to be their first exposure to fire arms.. Use those little CZ's and hope "mom" doesn't go to hyper..
good stuff trevor!gotta getem started young!i got a 22 for my first gun when i was 4.may be a little early to some,but mom and dad said i was good around guns,was very comprehensive and only used it under supervision(of course)and it had been my grandfathers,my dads,and then mine.got a daisy woodstock when i was 9,and had property.did end up "playing" bb gun wars with friends/brother later,and luckily never got hurt,or hurt anyone!musta been the dumbest smart kid in the bunch i guess!for the record my parents didn't know,and woulda whooped our asses,and we knew better,but kids do dumb things sometimes i guess.almost wish i could go back in time and whoop my own ass!
Man wouldn't the helicopter parents have fun with that one. I'm not sure i'd want the middle girl (mother of Gkids) to ever read it.. that being said it's true.. The way it normally works, the bb gun comes first, then a few years later the 22.. 8 and 10 in my case.. Kids are going to be good around supervision, but just as soon as their alone the "boy" comes out in them. This is the same dumb as "boy" that sticks his finger in the electric socket, or picks something up that's hot..
Maybe it's Darwinian or something, but sometimes were not all that bright.. So the learning curve includes pain..I had a third grade buddy that jumped off the roof of his house just to see what it felt like.. BB gun wars show a couple of things. that it F'N HURTS to get hit is the first and i think the most important lesson.. But a lot more.. If your actually playing hard ball bb gun war stuff with more than a couple other guys you learn instinctive tactics.. ie stay flat, or behind something. How to deal with fear (admitting it) how to show courage (staying) what happens to wuzz's (they get laughed at).. I know cause i was a wuzz the fist time out, and cried (those things hurt) but when i came back to keep playing everyone wanted me on their team..
That's a life lesson that if you learn at 8 or at 40.. You have one step on everyone else, no shame in crying, or being afraid..and absolutely the best thing a man can do is stick when it gets bad.. Few "stick" the first time out, so the sooner you learn the better.. Don't get me wrong i didn't get it all figured out that young, but the more the same lesson gets taught the earlier and better it's learned..
but that will be for his bday in june. he will be 5