My Daughter's First Shooting Experience


PDA






XD Fan
July 25, 2007, 03:21 PM
A week or so ago I posted pictures of my five-year-old daughter onthe day she got her first gun, a pink Cricket .22. She was so excited (I was too.).

Two days ago my wife and I took her out the the woods to shoot it. What an experience! She was giddy. I was so pleased. My wife had a great time and now wants to spend more time shooting with me.

The picture of her pointing at a target is the result of the second shot she ever fired. She was very proud. After that shot we broke a lot of ballons. Great fun!

My daughter love shooting and was anxious to be responsible for cleaning her gun afterward.

Please note that her clothes matched her gun. She insisted.

If you enjoyed reading about "My Daughter's First Shooting Experience" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
SDC
July 25, 2007, 03:23 PM
Fantastic job :D ; this'll help innoculate her against the "guns are bad and will turn you into a bloodthirsty maniac" crowd.

tydephan
July 25, 2007, 03:24 PM
Absolutely awesome man. Kudos to you for introducing a new young shooter.

I look forward to doing the same thing with my daughter in about 3 years. :)

LeoC
July 25, 2007, 03:25 PM
I can definitely see signs of good training! Excellent trigger finger control :D Great job! :D

dmrodco
July 25, 2007, 03:26 PM
Good Job ! I guess that answers my question as to if I should start my son shooting he just turned 5

whitetiger7654
July 25, 2007, 03:30 PM
How was the gun? My g/f would love a pink gun like that. But I was wary of the quality of it sense it's like $100.

ArfinGreebly
July 25, 2007, 03:32 PM
"guns are bad and will turn you into a bloodthirsty maniac"
That's one of the prettiest bloothirsty maniacs I've ever seen.

So, you want to date my daughter, do you?

Oh, you noticed those? Those aren't bowling trophies.

. . . and here are her targets from our last trip to the range . . .

. . . and here are mine.

I'm sure you'll be nice to my little girl, and treat her with respect.

I'm sure you'll be a perfect gentleman.

You guys have a good time, okay?

spankaveli
July 25, 2007, 03:33 PM
I can't wait to buy my son his first gun! Congrats to you. She looks so happy.

El Tejon
July 25, 2007, 03:34 PM
"No, sweetheart, point at the bullseye hit.":D

Did you try a bench? My nephews started young like that and my bro found that a bench helps them focus on trigger and sights instead of holding up the weapon.

kingpin008
July 25, 2007, 03:42 PM
Good for her! She's got great safety skills, and a set of awesome parents who care enough to teach her about guns and gun safety.

I'd also be interested in the quality of the crickett rifles, my fiancee is such a girly girl, and would love one to go with her 642. :D

sitedzn
July 25, 2007, 08:43 PM
Good Job ! I guess that answers my question as to if I should start my son shooting he just turned 5
my son turns 5 on Friday. i was going to hold off until Christmas, but i may have to make an emergency purchase! i've had him out to shoot my 22 speedmaster, but it was way to big for him. not sure if i'll get a cricket, but definitely gotta go look tomorrow!
congrats! i think the balloons are a great idea, btw.

XD Fan
July 25, 2007, 08:45 PM
Arfin said'

So, you want to date my daughter, do you?

Oh, you noticed those? Those aren't bowling trophies.

. . . and here are her targets from our last trip to the range . . .

. . . and here are mine.

I'm sure you'll be nice to my little girl, and treat her with respect.

I'm sure you'll be a perfect gentleman.

You guys have a good time, okay?

My Thoughts Exactly.

El Tejon, great suggestion, going to try a bench the next time.

The quality of the cricket is not bad; I expect it will last well beyond the next three to four years that it will fit her. Accuracy is reasonable--not winning MOA competitions, but a great plinker. It is not something you would want to shoot 1000 rounds a week through and/or beat up, but for a child's first firearm it is great. However, it is really small, and it is a single shot.

Besides, she asked for a pink gun, so guess what she got.

Davo
July 25, 2007, 08:47 PM
Awesome.

Steven1281
July 25, 2007, 09:38 PM
Awesome doesn't even begin to describe that! Ya warmed my heart tonight!

Juna
July 25, 2007, 09:52 PM
Fantastic work! Congratulations on properly raising your daughter with firearms safety and a love for the shooting sports! Keep up the good work! :)

middlechainringguy
July 25, 2007, 09:52 PM
That is so good. Bravo!

McKnife
July 25, 2007, 09:56 PM
:what:VEGGIE TALES!!!!:what:


I LOVE VEGGIE TALES!:p

Nightfa11
July 25, 2007, 11:43 PM
Awesome pics. Man, that's a LOT of pink (4 boys here and no girls...yet).

Just wondering if I should get my oldest a gun when he turns 5....already sent the link to the missus to convince her :D

XD Fan
July 26, 2007, 12:13 AM
Nightfa11,

If you do get one for your son, the Crickets are sized well for little ones, and I looked at another brand that was sized perfectly as well. Unfortunately, I cannot remember which manufacturer made it. I saw it at Bass Pro. There are some options out there. However, Cricket is the only one that I found that came in pink. My choice was already made by that sweet little voice asking for a pink gun.

Jeffrey

Dgindlesperger
July 26, 2007, 12:16 AM
great pic, diggin the pink stock!!!!

Tom Servo
July 26, 2007, 12:32 AM
We have one of the pink Crickets at my shop. Every now and then, I like to hold it up, and in a (I hope) gravelly, Bruce Campbell voice, yell, "this is my Boomstick!"

She looks adorable, and she's got trigger discipline down pat. It's great to see you getting her started so early. She'll grow up to be one of the good ones.

Side note: I've noticed ALOT more parents bringing young children in to shoot over the last year. I don't know if it's a trend, but if it is, I hope it continues.

sm
July 26, 2007, 12:50 AM
XD Fan,

You just made my day!
Thank you for sharing, great pics and what a daughter!




psst...daughter, STI has pink grips available , you and mom need to show daddy STI's website...

I'm helping.
Us kids have to stick together doncha know? :)

ilcylic
July 26, 2007, 12:58 AM
That's pretty fantastically adorable. I've got a big silly grin plastered all over my mug now. Just the thing to lighten up an interminal evening of grinding the bones of a webserver for my bread.

I think what it is, is what a lot of people get from looking at kids in general: a feeling that maybe there is some hope for the future. I know I've sure felt that's a far thing pretty frequently these days.

I can't wait until my 2 yr old nephews (twins) get big enough to handle a rifle. (Daddy's a retired Marine, so my main worry is the fight over who gets to buy them their first gun, not whether or not they can have one. ;) )

Fred Fuller
July 26, 2007, 07:03 AM
Outstanding. Nothing like that grin...

lpl/nc

#shooter
July 26, 2007, 10:23 AM
Woot!:D That is a lot of pink! Good work. I can't wait to take my son to the range.

sfhogman
July 26, 2007, 10:43 AM
Crickett's competition is called the Chipmunk. Pretty much the same to operate, and well thought of.
http://www.roguerifle.com/

Gunblast.com did a review a while back and was impressed.

Jeff

cracked butt
July 26, 2007, 12:01 PM
Good job!
I might have to get one of the crickets for my son who turns 5 in october.
I let him shoot cb caps through my rem 541 on a range trip on father's day, he got the hang of it quick, but the rifle was way to big for him.

sitedzn
July 26, 2007, 05:33 PM
i went and priced one today - $175. just gotta convince the wifey before tomorrow!

hornadylnl
July 26, 2007, 07:23 PM
If your walmart still carries guns, they should have the crickets for $99. I bought my daughter one when she was still in the womb and yes I knew it was going to be a girl. She just turned 5 in Feb. I've been debating on whether to take her shooting this summer but I don't think that she has enough of an attention span at this point to allow her to learn anything from it yet. She's very smart but doesn't stay focused for very long.

Notch
July 27, 2007, 12:11 AM
Great pics! I couldnt enjoy shooting with anyone like I enjoy shooting with my son! You are now bringing up a child that WILL not do something stupid the day she invariably comes accross a firearm, be it a friend who finds their dads pistol or a kid that brings on to school to "show". You are doing a great thing for her, yourself, and America! Way to go!

Here is Henry with his Henry Arms .22 LA
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y99/Notch_2003/ride028.jpg

xd9fan
July 27, 2007, 02:12 AM
awesome!!
This is the real America I know and love.

wow when she grows up...she wont be "progressive"
how can you sleep at night?!:neener:

sfhogman thanks for the link!!
http://www.roguerifle.com/
My oldest boy is 4 1/2.


So XD Fan.......I got an XD too!
You have a 5 year old girl that likes guns.....
I have a 4 1/2 year old boy that likes guns.....
They could meet talk shoot guns....
:D

ok seriously...great job Dad!!

Ithaca37
July 27, 2007, 07:41 AM
great pic, diggin the pink stock!!!!

+1 The pink stock is great.

sitedzn
July 27, 2007, 07:59 AM
my walmart does have guns - i'll definitely check them out today. after talking with the wife last night, it may be a moot point. she's insisting that the firearm fund is too low right now.:(

Ithaca37
July 27, 2007, 08:07 AM
She's very smart but doesn't stay focused for very long.

Definitely sounds like a 5 year old.

El Tejon
July 27, 2007, 08:21 AM
Notch, how old is Henry? Can he manipulate the weapon from the shoulder?

XD Fan
July 27, 2007, 03:56 PM
xd9fan,

I know; we could start the THR Arranged Marriage Services. This would eliminate the danger of our children marrying lunatic antis.:rolleyes::D:rolleyes::D:rolleyes:

Okay, maybe that is not a great idea, but in this day and age arranged marriages look more and more attractive.

Jeffrey

ArfinGreebly
July 27, 2007, 04:14 PM
Hmmm.

Well, there is the matter of the dowery.

I dunno.

This could actually work.

With the right kind of Hope Chest . . .

xd9fan
July 28, 2007, 12:37 AM
This would eliminate the danger of our children marrying lunatic antis.
I hear ya
lol

10 Ring Tao
July 28, 2007, 03:08 AM
Ever since I saw those cute little cricket rifles at a gunshow, I swore I would get one for my kids. I almost wished I would have a girl, so I could buy her pink guns.

tegemu
July 28, 2007, 06:10 AM
Congratulations and thank you for a delightful set of pictures and story.

MP5
July 28, 2007, 08:17 AM
Great pics! That big grin says it all. What a contrast to when I was at the range recently and some guy was "teaching" his little girl to shoot by repeatedly berating her failings instead of encouraging what she was doing well. I felt sorry for the kid.

rimfire
July 28, 2007, 08:52 AM
Looks like she had a ton of fun!

Whoever thought up the idea of a pink childrens rifle is an absolute bloody genius, those little things are EVERYWHERE now. If that person didn't get a promotion or big bonus check, then there just ain't NO justice in the world!

Dragoneye9
July 28, 2007, 09:01 AM
I was at a Gander Mtn a few moths ago and if I had the money I would have gotten her it but I was worried about where to take here to shoot the range I noramly go to is an indoor one and I don't think that'd be a good place to start with her.

vis--vis
July 28, 2007, 09:04 AM
Love threads like this! Props to you

zeroskillz
July 28, 2007, 10:41 AM
I'm looking forward to the day I can do the same with my daughter, and I'm sure the gun will be pink as well--with the matching outfit.

lance22
July 28, 2007, 10:54 AM
You should be proud - you are doing a great job.

cmidkiff
July 28, 2007, 05:35 PM
Good on 'ya, pops ;)

I'm the proud father of 4 daughters, all of whom can shoot acceptably well. Not all of them are really 'into' it, but they are all familiar enough to safely handle a firearm, and to hit what they're aiming at.

One in particular is an excellent shot :)
http://www.midkiff.us/Kira-1911.jpg

SoCalShooter
July 28, 2007, 05:48 PM
Great job! I think I want a pink cricket rifle now :)

tsidorus
July 28, 2007, 06:23 PM
I also picked up a cricket for my daughter (though not in pink, got the wood stock). She just turned 3 so Ive got a couple more years till she can use it. THose asking about quality... well you kinda get what you pay for but it is sized right. I shimmed the trigger side to side to eliminate slop, stoned the face of the sear flat, and added a bit of material ala jb-weld to take out some creep. Take it apart you'll see what I mean. The trigger still sucks but its not the worst Ive ever touched anymore. The sights are simple but nice If I were to buy it again I would probably get a Savage Cub or CZ scout.

-Tsi

XD Fan
July 29, 2007, 01:13 AM
cmidkiff,

That is an awesome picture as well. There are few joys like teaching a child something that makes them grin from ear to ear. My little girl is still smiling.

ChuckNorris
July 31, 2007, 09:35 PM
i think i give my first kid my rossi 22lr

XD Fan
July 31, 2007, 11:40 PM
You folks that are considering buying your children their first gun, just make sure it fits them. That is the nice thing about the Crickets and the Chipmunks.

Patriot-Brewer
August 1, 2007, 12:11 AM
Very cool, XD...

I can't wait to take my daughter out shooting, though it will be a while as she's just over 9 months. She WILL be getting a Red Ryder for her 1st B-day though.:D

AliceFirecracker
August 1, 2007, 10:55 AM
Hi

I work for an award winning documentary production company based in London, England. I'm currently in the process of developing a documentary about British gun tourism in the US.

As you might be aware, we have pretty tight laws when it comes handguns and automatic weapons so we propose to follow a British family on a trip to the US to learn about and shoot guns. The documentary will explore gun tourism as well as shooting as a family activity.

I'm really keen to speak to both British and American families who allow their children to shoot and I came across a number of posts on your board about children and toy guns, etc.

I'm interested on your opinions on this potential documentary idea and whether any of you would be happy to discuss your experiences with raising a family around guns with me?

Thanks!

Alice

* If you would prefer to get in contact with me via email, please PM me first

jpthegeek
August 1, 2007, 11:48 AM
Great job! Excellent teaching. WAY TO GO!

My daughter is 2.5. I cannot wait until she gets a bit older so that I can do the same.

LaEscopeta
August 1, 2007, 01:42 PM
Anyone thinking of contacting "AliceFirecracker" may want to google "Borat Hoax Victims" first.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6071486.stm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15698520/

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,226960,00.html

http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stor...n2176124.shtml

If she is from "an award winning documentary production company" she should be able to prove it.

Houston Tom
August 1, 2007, 04:35 PM
That was great, I can not wait until I can get my son his first real gun, as it is now I have to store all his toy guns in the gun safe because that is where guns go.

If you enjoyed reading about "My Daughter's First Shooting Experience" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!