Took my son shooting for the first time.


August 7, 2006, 06:53 PM
Had a great day at the range yesterday. Started out just a buddy of mine and I going. Then he mentioned bringing his son, about 12 years old, who had shot only a .22 rifle once before. So I decided to take my 7 year old son who has practiced with his gun show rubber band special many times. Then I mentioned it on Saturday to another friend. My other friend stated he hadn't shot a rifle in 15 years and he had just gotten a Glock that he was anxious to shoot since he had never fired a handgun before! :D So I call everyone up shortly before noon yesterday and make sure we are still on for about 12:30 at the range. Yep they were, and Buddy #2 is bring his adopted 16 year old who has never shot anything other than a squirt gun. :D Oh and his boss who has never fired a hand gun before but just bought a 5.7 :what: wants to learn to use it! :D So all told we had:

Me and my son
Buddy #1 and his approx 12 year old son
Buddy #2 and his 16 year old son.
Buddy #2's boss

Fire arms at range:
.22 semi rifle (I think it was a Ruger)
.38 S&W detective special
.45 H&K tactical
Walther p22
Bushmaster M-4
Glock 22
FN 5.7
and as a special treat for all of the new shooters:

M-1 Garand

Anyway after a quick class on the four rules and other range saftey regs, we set about having a lot of fun, with me going from shooter to shooter to offer tips and support, a lot of "your doing great, good job on that group." My son who's arms are to short for anything but a youth model told me the noise didn't bother him (he wore his ears without complaint), told me he was ready to shoot. So I showed him how to work the walther and how the saftey worked. Handed him the loaded mag and stepped back. He inserted the mag, took a quick look down range and over the sights (all the while keeping the muzzle down range). Tried to thumb the saftey off, asked me for help with it. We flipped the saftey off and he looked down the sights at a few targets decided on one, put his finger on the trigger and slowly pulled back. Bang! First shot 25 yards! On Target! 2 o'clock 8 inches out. Looks at me for the ok to keep going. I nod and say go ahead. Again he looks down the sights takes a deep breath, seems to be checking his target, takes another deep breath and slowly puts his finger on the trigger, takes another deep breath. By this time I'm thinking shoot boy pull the trigger! But I don't say anything. Finally he slowly pulls the trigger, Bang! (ok as much as a P22 goes bang) Again a 25 yard shot about 10" low at 6 o'clock. The boy went through all 10 rounds that way all at 25 yards. The groups weren't that pretty and the closest he got to the x ring was about 4 inches. None the less this was my seven year old sons first time shooting anything other than a rubber band gun. And while he has practiced and I have taught him as much as possible with the rubber band gun I never expected him to be even close at 25 yards or to even pick a 25 yard target his first time. He listened to the rules, listened to the tips, listened to all instructions and had patience that I would have never expected. The way he waited until he was happy with his sight picture blew my mind. And he wants to go again! Man I am so proud I am bursting at the seems.

His coment when we got home:

"I never realized shooting was so relaxing."

Between his first time and the 16 year olds first time along with 3 others forst time with hand guns, we all had a great day.

BTW everyone on the range except my son shot every firearm listed above and all can't wait to go again.

Best range day ever.

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August 7, 2006, 08:52 PM
My son turned 5 in June. He has a huge interest right now in going with me to the range. I'm going to get him something to start learning on so he can get the basics of safety, etc down pat before he goes "live". Most likely something similar to an Airsoft rifle or close to it. I figured I'd teach him with that for another year or so and see where things go from there. I remeber going to the range with my dad when I was really young as well, and I'd like to share the same experiences with my son.

August 7, 2006, 10:07 PM
Great story, Eastern. You should be very proud of your son.

August 8, 2006, 03:15 AM
Good on you, Eastern. I helped mentor a new shooter into the fold last week by giving him one of my .22s. His dad (a long time friend of mine) is very responsible and would never let the young man (~15) have it out without supervision.

Feels good to get a youngster into shooting, doesn't it?

August 8, 2006, 04:16 AM
We need more fathers to encourage their sons and daughters to learn safe gun handling skills and to realize that guns aren't evil, they're simple tools.

Without more people such as yourselves, shooting and firearms will soon be a right and skill lost to the next generation.

I am proud to post on this board with persons such as yourself sir. Thank you for taking an interest in the well being of the next generation.


August 8, 2006, 01:14 PM
I have taken my 3 sons several times. Only the youngest (he's 17) still enjoys it and asks to go practice. The others have discovered 'girls' and don't have 'time'....:rolleyes:

Condition Plaid
August 8, 2006, 02:00 PM
My son knew when he turned 7 we'd go to the range. Before then, on too many occasions to count, he'd ask to see my guns. I'd open up the safe. We'd go through the safety procedures of checking weapons. Verbally run through the rules of safe handling.

Then that day came. We went to the range I shoot at and the folks there treated him so special. We went out, punched holes in paper with Browning Buckmark. He was in heaven...and I wasn't far from it. He got thumbs up from all the range staff. Just a great, great experience. It seems to be a rarity out here in Cali, especially in the mostly urban area I live in, for the love of shooting to be passed down.

A week after that first trip I bought my son his first rifle, a Ruger 10-22, which he shoots quite well for a little guy. And better still, my six year old daughter can't wait to go shooting when she hits seven.

August 8, 2006, 02:30 PM
It also makes me feel good to know that there are others out there who take the time to teach the younger generation some responsibility! Our children are growing up without being taught the proper respect one should have for guns. People who are ignorant of something tend to dislike that thing they are ignorant of, and if our children do not learn of guns from a responsible gun owner (their FATHERS) then that knowledge (or lack of) will come from somewhere else…Media…school…street…and none of those will be a healthy knowledge. Thank you for teaching your son!

My son can’t wait to shoot my guns…he asks all of the time…have to wait a little longer he is only 3.

August 8, 2006, 02:47 PM
Told both my kids when small that they would go to the range with me. If they decided they didn't like it, they didn't have to keep going, but since there would be firearms in the house they WOULD learn to handle them safely.

They both kept going(surprise surprise!) until they moved out on their own. Son is now working in a more, ah, 'structured' environment(Basic Training), and daughter still goes to the range with me occasionally.

Had the pleasure of helping a friend take his step-son to the range for the first two times, I'd forgotten how much fun it can be.

August 8, 2006, 02:56 PM
Great story!
Oh how I miss those days, when my daughter would get up early and have my breakfast (cold cereal) in the bowl and ready at thr kitchen table, so we would'nt waste ANY time getting to the range. She would shoot, observe the rules and always save every target (no matter how good/bad it was). Now, boyfriends, cars, and everything else that can occupy a 20yr old take priority over a morning with "dad" at the range:confused: . I guess the point I'm trying to make here is simply ......enjoy the moment, hopefully it will last forever, but you never know. So for now, enjoy. :)

Baba Louie
August 8, 2006, 03:53 PM
I guess the point I'm trying to make here is simply ......enjoy the moment, hopefully it will last forever, but you never know. So for now, enjoy.But it WILL be remembered... and probably passed on down the line in 25 years or so.
Good for ya'll EasternShore. Keep up the great work.

August 8, 2006, 04:30 PM
i am 22, married with no kids yet but i do have 8 year old brother. i look foreward to the day when i can take him out. i dont think he is ready just yet. some not so safe practices showing me a pellet gun a few months back i did correct them but i still feel more comfortable waiting a few more months

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