gettin'm started young!


April 3, 2013, 03:24 PM
My 3 and a half year old likes to help me at the bench, its amazing at what she picks up just by watching me. I'm sure it also helps to keep pistachios and crunch n munch there for snacks :)

Here is the RCBS bench priming tool in action

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April 3, 2013, 04:21 PM
My 8year old boy is fascinated with reloading and has helped me reload some
when he comes into the reloading room i stop and he "we" make a round or two from start to finish
I dont know if it's the mechanical part of it or what
but I'm glad he has the interest in it and shooting
Now my 6year old just likes to shoot but time will tell

April 3, 2013, 04:41 PM
good for you great video

Arkansas Paul
April 3, 2013, 04:57 PM
That is freakin awesome. When my 9 year old daughter joins me in the shop, I put her to work sizing cast bullets. :)

April 3, 2013, 05:02 PM
My son is into it - more in the last two years than right now. He's right on the cusp of being a teenager (see: head spinning around) but still joins me every once in a while. When he does he has his own load to load (with my oversight) which is the .380acp for his hand gun.

I can tell you that kids and pre-teens are such space cadets that even with the best oversight I triple-triple check our loads!

April 3, 2013, 05:08 PM
It's a nice change reading this content. Thanks for sharing. My daughter is only two, so she has a ways before she can help out. I am still enjoying each and everyday though.

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April 3, 2013, 05:11 PM
I have to lock my 1.5 year old out of the reloading room. She still stands there and watches the machine run through the window.

Hondo 60
April 3, 2013, 05:23 PM
That is awesome!

Proverbs chapter 22 verse 6 says "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Whether it's biblical teaching, or reloading, doesn't matter

April 3, 2013, 05:24 PM
My 7yo daughter has been helping me place bullets on cases for 2 years now. My 4yo son has started helping also, and knows the components needed for reloading. They are always asking when am I going " make ammo" so they can help. I love it!

April 4, 2013, 01:09 AM
My kids love to carefully "load dat tumwer" (tumbler) with brass one piece at a time. This teaches them responsibility or at least that there are rules -- you can join me at the bench, but you can't put your hands in you mouth and you have to wash your hands with soap when you're done.

I remember pulling the press handle when I was 5 or 6. That same press is now on my bench. The tumbler pictured was my dad's. I guess that makes my little man a 3rd generation reloader.

April 4, 2013, 01:42 AM
"It feels smooth Daddy." Well I almost melted.. Way too cute, good for you. Any time spent with the children is good time IMO, especially when they are the ones wanting to be there!

April 4, 2013, 02:16 AM
My 6yr old daughter will deprime all my .223 brass for me. But she doesn't like picking up all the spent primers ..:)

April 4, 2013, 08:22 AM
fun stuff- i see i am not alone :)
thanks for the comments!

April 4, 2013, 08:41 AM
My daughter is now 16 months old, she pulled the lever on my LNL a few times 2 months ago while I was making some .45acp. She loves watching me reload but her momma's gotta be in the room to watch her. I'm hoping when she's about 10 I can let her run a single stage on her own, with my oversight.

April 4, 2013, 11:36 AM
Great little video. Thanks for sharing it here.

April 4, 2013, 11:59 AM
I have two Grand Daughter's, 4 1/2 and 6 yrs. old, who constantly help me with the process. I place a bullet or primer in place, and then let I them seat them. When my Boys were little, I taught them how load shot shells on the 600 Jr.. By the time they were 11 or 12 yrs. old they could look up the recipe, match the components, and then run the entire process by their selves, with me supervising of course.
Both of those precious Grand Daughter's have 22 rifles that they just love to shoot. And they practice casting their fishing poles all the time now. Daddy takes them fishing often too. Sure beats letting them veg out in front of a TV.


April 4, 2013, 12:13 PM
This weekend I was playing a game with the 7 year-old, letting him put .45 casings in the shell holder while I belled them on the Lee Hand Press, he was loving it.

April 4, 2013, 02:42 PM

I started my son shooting when he was 4, a Browning HiPower. He learned to count by counting bullets for me to seat.
Took my daughter shooting when she was 2. After her 'boudor' got to shoot, she wanted to. Single fed a 1911A1 for the first one. Figured she would be done with it after the first shot... Nope, 'Doo a gin, doo a gin daddy'. She has never stopped.

Times have changed.

And my daughter used a .44 Mag and .45 ACP when she did her CCW class to get her Carry License. Talk about eyes popping. That girl with a big 44! (Missouri has a hands on portion to get a Carry Concealed License.)

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