Met a real cutie at the range the other day


Brian Williams
August 19, 2004, 11:17 AM
I met a young lady at the range the other day and introduced her to shooting while her family stood around developing a bad case of flinch. This young lady was around 7 or 8 and was bored stiff while mom and dad? were shooting mom's back up piece, as mom is a guard at Three Mile Island TMI and a AR. There were Mom and SO, 2 boys 16 and 12 and this little cutie who was stick thin and about 8 years old. I had only my travel bag with my 35-1 22lr J frame 6" barrel and my 3" S&W 13. They were shooting their AR at 25 yds and the Glock 26 at 7 to 10 yds. All of them but the younger boy had a bad case of flinch and this little cutie was just standing around saying "Mom I'm boredā€¯ So I pulled out my 35 and loaded up with a pocket full of 22lr and hung some targets during a lull and started shooting with an eye out for Cutie-pie, who was just wandering around looking hopeless. During lulls and target time I was scrounging 38 spec brass and little Cutie-pie started to help. I got all sorts of junk but that went into the trash as I left, but Cutie-pie helped me clean up a portion of the range. So being the old Curmudgeon that I am I says, "would you like to shoot too,ā€¯ The biggest grin came over little Cutie-pie's face and she wispered "sure". So I asked mom if I could take her and Cutie-pie down range and shoot my little 22, so Down range we go and I showed CP how the gun worked and had her dry fire it a few times, showed her how to hold it and the with the 4 laws firmly in her mind I loaded up one round and helped her hold it and I cocked it for her and she touched it off and got a 8 on the big shoot and see they were using. I helped her thru about 3 more cylinders full and bro 12y.o. Wanted to shoot so I helped him out and he shot a few cylinders full. But little Cutie-pie had the most fun. Mom says why are they having fun with that little itty-bitty thing, so I loaded the 35 up and gave her a shot at it also. She yells back to her SO, Joe Macho, We HAVE to get one of these. I later took out my 13 to get some trigger time on it and the 16 y.o. Comes over and watches, so I ask, "Have you ever shot a 357???" No but I would like to. So down range we go and I load him up after a little dry fire and trigger practice. He got to keep the case from his first and hopefully not last 357 rounds.

All total about a box of 22s and 6 357 and their range day was much more full than shooting an AR at 25 yds and a Glock 26 at 7, The 12 y.o. shot moms 26 and it just about jumped out of his hand. I popped in a few 38's and he shot my 13 and said that was more fun that mom's glock....

I left happy cause I had fun with Cutie-pie and sad cause they will probably never get the guns they should have for the little ones.

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August 19, 2004, 11:42 AM
That's a nice story.

August 19, 2004, 11:56 AM
Good job. You got some kids hooked on the fun, rather than leaving them bored while Mom and Dad played. .22 rules for this kind of thing. I can't wait to start my kids on it!

BTW, if Mom liked the .22 so much, they'll probably wind up with one. :)

August 19, 2004, 12:37 PM
I did the same thing once. Daughter was being ignored in favor of Son... Soon Daughter was having more fun with my items than Son was.

You've just got to love the way the young'ins (particularly the cute little ones) respond to a little personal attention & instruction.

(also had to secure a 9mm auto that Son was sweeping us all with, but that was another story...)

Standing Wolf
August 19, 2004, 05:14 PM
Good for you! Knowledge is meant to be shared, not hoarded.

Gus Dddysgrl
August 20, 2004, 12:10 PM
Wish I'd been along. She sounds adorable. Just like Shannon (my little sis who is also Brian's daughter) used to be.

So do you want to be first to introduce my kids to guns or do you think I should do it?

That is in like 5 years when Jon and I are ready to have them. :neener: :D


August 20, 2004, 06:14 PM
A pat on the back and a big "Atta boy" for you.

August 20, 2004, 10:15 PM
Good show Brian. I've always thought a Model 35 would be the perfect pistol for a young new shooter. Wish there were more of them out there.

August 20, 2004, 11:36 PM
Now THAT is the way to introduce shootin' to a young un.

August 20, 2004, 11:43 PM
"...A pat on the back and a big "Atta boy" for you..." Ditto. Well done. Both CP and the bag of hormones will always remember that guy at the range. Classic example of what super people most shooters are. It's also a sad testament of inattentive parents.
Mind you, I'd be very surprised if mom doesn't buy a .22. Kind of daft to be shooting an AR at 25 yards though.

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