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gettin'm started young!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by thomis, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    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
  2. 03fatboy

    03fatboy Well-Known Member

    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
  3. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    good for you great video
  4. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    That is freakin awesome. When my 9 year old daughter joins me in the shop, I put her to work sizing cast bullets. :)
  5. Anmut

    Anmut Well-Known Member

    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!
  6. geist262

    geist262 Well-Known Member

    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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  7. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    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
  9. gahunter12

    gahunter12 Well-Known Member

    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!
  10. JSMI

    JSMI New Member

    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.

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  11. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    "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!
  12. CJack69

    CJack69 New Member

    My 6yr old daughter will deprime all my .223 brass for me. But she doesn't like picking up all the spent primers ..:)
  13. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    fun stuff- i see i am not alone :)
    thanks for the comments!
  14. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Searcher4851

    Searcher4851 Well-Known Member

    Great little video. Thanks for sharing it here.
  16. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    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.

  17. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. oldpapps

    oldpapps Well-Known Member


    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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