I had a great teaching opportunity this weekend.


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WarlockFirearms
June 22, 2010, 01:18 AM
I went camping with a few friends. It was me and my wife, a buddy and his wife and another buddy and his boy of 12. We were in a very isolated spot in the mountains and I took a .22 rifle to plink around with. (A CZ 452, in case anyone was wondering.)

Well, the boy had never shot before, his mom is very anti-gun, but dad was fine with it and mom wasn't there to say no. :p Anyways, dad approved and I got the rifle out, spent an hour or so going over firearms safety and so forth and we went out to shoot. It took him a while to catch on, but I was patient and helped him with marksmanship fundamentals. We spent a whole afternoon shooting and by the time we were done he was shooting tighter groups than I was. Anyways, it was a great experience for him and it was the first time I've really had a chance to teach a kid to shoot. By the time we broke down camp he was begging his dad for a .22 of his own. :) I think he is going to try and talk mom into it.

It was a great camping trip, overall, but that was just the icing on the cake for me. Hopefully the boy will grow up to be a skilled marksman with a healthy respect for firearms.

Anyways, just wanted to share. If any of you folks have an opportunity to introduce someone to the sport, take it. It feels great.

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danprkr
June 22, 2010, 08:42 AM
Great! Even if mom doesn't allow him getting a gun his memory will serve him well, and insulate him from her anti views hopefully. Not to mention the feeling of pride from having taught someone something worthwhile is awesome. So, good for you all around.

E304life
June 22, 2010, 08:47 AM
That sounds terrific, good job!

wishin
June 22, 2010, 08:50 AM
You created a positive life-long memory that the boy will remember for the rest of his life. Events like this stick. Good job.

Walkalong
June 22, 2010, 09:50 AM
Excellent job. He is most likely hooked.

Tallinar
June 22, 2010, 10:17 AM
Awesome. I'm looking forward to teaching my son to shoot. He's only 2 right now, so I have at least a few months before breaking out the .22 for him. :D

BTR
June 22, 2010, 12:24 PM
Good Job!

flyinrob
June 22, 2010, 12:52 PM
Awesome! Take every opportunity to be an ambassador.

lucky-gunner
June 22, 2010, 01:17 PM
WarlockFirearms - Anyways, just wanted to share. If any of you folks have an opportunity to introduce someone to the sport, take it. It feels great.

+1

The part I like best is that you spent time with him on the safety aspect first.

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