Bought a Davey Crickett need some help.


September 5, 2004, 05:17 AM
I just bought a Davey Crickett .22 rifle for my boys (five and six). Of course, it stays in my room. My wife was all for it, she just thought I should wait for Christmas. Now I want my own .22. ( I have a shotgun, Glock, and S&W .44Mag Mountain Gun.) My boys understand the safety rules as we started teaching those and allowing the boys to handle my firearms when Andrew (the oldest) was three. Yes, they had to ask, the weapon was cleared, and they were taught to take them from my hand only-after we both checked for "bullets" together. My request for help is, I really don't know how to teach the young ones how to shoot, ie sight alignment, trigger pull ect. I took the boys to the range, which we had to ourselves, and tried to help them, but I am at a loss as I found myself trying to help to much maybe? In a previous post with pictures of some kids they were shooting seated from a rest and the guns had scopes. Is this the way to go. (BTW I am struggling with some problems shooting myself-the Glock, Dept. issue and I don't get along.) The boys did enjoy shooting gallon jugs of water and some targets. I really want this to be something all four of us enjoy and I don't want to lay bad foundations. Any help would be appreciated.

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September 5, 2004, 07:22 AM
Sign them up for the NRA Basic Rifle course. Inexpensive and great training. IF not purchase the NRA basic rifle book. Great book on the basic's.

September 5, 2004, 09:44 AM
Hey nh. I'd second the recommendation to take them all through an NRA Basic Rifle course. But until you can find one, just order a copy of the NRA's Basic Rifle manual. It has the same information and will get you all on the right track. Good luck.

September 9, 2004, 09:56 PM
T H A N K Y O U:D :D :D :D

September 10, 2004, 05:24 AM
Glad to hear that there are two new shooters. :)

I'm sure you're a very responsible guy, and there is nothing wrong with teaching your kids to shoot a .22, but I just want to chime in and remind you to keep a close eye on them. My fiance's coworker had her wrist shattered by a poorly supervised younger brother shooting his .22 at some flowers in the back yard. I believe he was 6 or 7 at the time. IMHO kids that age don't have a good enough grasp on reality to be out of arms reach of an adult with a .22. I'm sure you know that though. :) Congrats on the new shooters!!! I wish my dad would have had time to teach me back then.

September 10, 2004, 06:19 AM
merritt459- Just a thought...

I have a Six year old Daughter who I recently bought a Davey Cricket for and I have been using Colibries (sp) to get her used to firing a "real" gun. The advantage being that they are less lethal if the unthinkable happens. SHe has fired my p-22 quite a bit with LR's, but I like the extra margin of safety.

Not saying that underpowered ammo is a substitute for training, just another tool.

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