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Too Young?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Yo Mama, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    I have a young daughter, who I want to be a much better shooter than I. I don't want to start her too young, as to scar her and frighten her, but want to ingrain in her the fundementals. Her mother thinks she is too young!

    What age would you say is too young?
  2. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member

    I believe 7 or 8 is a good age to start, but don't force anyone to do something they don't want to.
    Safety starts as soon as they can comprehend it.
  3. Gunship69

    Gunship69 Member

    How old is she? I started my boy shooting when he was six and will start my daughter at that age also. Firearms safety lessons for both of them started as young as four.
  4. LoneCoon

    LoneCoon Well-Known Member

    I'd say safety starts at 4 or 5. Actual shooting can begin with a BB guns and .22 at 7 or 8.

    Move them up to the .500 S&W at age 9, and by age ten they should be able to handle the .700NE.

    /Note: The second sentence is implied as humor.
  5. shevrock

    shevrock Well-Known Member

    i started my brother shooting as soon as i possibly could. without me holding the rifle, he started at 8. other than that i had him shooting bb guns and had my rifle taped to the stand for him at 6.
  6. Duke of Doubt

    Duke of Doubt member

    Safety first, shooting second. At four, my daughter could name all the principal parts of a military bolt action rifle. She understood not to touch guns without my direct supervision, and how we always "check the chamber." No loaded guns were accessible to her, but I probably needn't have worried. She was nine before she got her Red Ryder BB gun, and she was ten before she shot one of my .22s. No hurry. I was ten before I shot a .22. I had toy guns which shot various things before then, but I forbade my daughter any toy guns. We shoot REAL guns.
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Depends upon the child. We all know supposed "adults" we wouldn't want to be in the same county with if they were holding a firearm and we know "children" who are 5 that you could trust with anything.

    So, it depends upon the child. If she's interested AND she's responsible AND she has the attention span and memory to remember the safety rules then she's "old enough". That usually doesn't combine until 6-8 years of age.
  8. Eyesac

    Eyesac Well-Known Member

    Both me and my sister were about 5yrs. That's when I'll shoot for w/ my girl. Good luck!
  9. I bawled and hid behind da's legs during a living history skirmish, all those guns going off. I was maybe 5.

    At 6 I was smelling the gunpowder smoke and getting excited. But am very very very late to the gun shooting for myself.

    I say about 9is or 10 is where the body gets really good and strong with sharp eyes of a owl with steady nerves with good regular feedings.
  10. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Yo Mama

    My son got his first air rifle at the age of 7, his first .22 rifle at the age of 10, his first .22 pistol at 14, and his first 9mm. pistol at the age of 16.

    My daughter got her first gun, a .22 target pistol, this past Christmas at the age of 13.

    Kids have their own interests and timetables. When their ready, they'll let you know. Always emphasize safety and responsibility, and most everything else should fall into place.
  11. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    She's a toddler. Let me preface by saying I will be holding the gun and she will only pull the trigger. Extreme control over the situation. She does this with me already with an air rifle, and I figure she would love the .22.

    My biggest concern is scaring her, and her not wanting to shoot for a while.

    She already knows the difference between a revolver, pistol, and shotgun. She's just getting rifle down. Her favorite books are NRA magazines!

    No joke, last night I asked her if she wanted to go shooting with Daddy. She said, "Yes"!
    I said she needed to ask her mother. She turns over to mom and says as excited as can be, "Shotgun, Daddy!".

    Will shooting with her this young even help make her a better shooter, or am I just "jumping the gun"?
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  12. JWF III

    JWF III Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much how and when I got started. But as with anything, let her tell you when she's ready. If she wants to go shooting with you, take her along and leave when she's had enough (I know it's hard to do). The days that she wants to stay at home with mom, let her, and get your trigger time in then.


    OAKVILLE SHOOTER Well-Known Member

    I started my son out with a single shot 22 (Henry Mini-Bolt) when he had just turned two. I did what you are talking about. I squated down and held the rifle while pointing it in a safe direction, he pulled the trigger.

    He is now a little over six and shoots all of my 22's and 17 HMR's and has his own .243 that he has been shooting since last summer. I built him a scaled down shooting bench that he does pretty good with.

    I should note that we do all of our shooting at home. I would not have started him near that early at a public range.

    OAKVILLE SHOOTER Well-Known Member

    Oh, I forgot to add not to forget eye and ear protection. Smaller gear can be found here: http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/ejuearmu.html

    That, and keep it fun. Paper targets don't have much interest for kids. Reactive targets do much better once they get big enough to hit them.
  15. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Ear plugs! I was going to see if they have small ear muffs! I can't wait to see them on her! :) I love being a dad.
  16. wasr10owner

    wasr10owner Member

    I would say to start her off with a bb gun around 4-6 years old then if she likes shooting buy her a Davey Cricket .22
  17. Gamera

    Gamera Well-Known Member

    See this is what we need, more parents teaching the responsible and safe use of firearms to their kids! I'd say start her as soon as she's interested and able to hold the thing.

    *EDIT: maybe you should look into getting her on of those pink rifles :)
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  18. HEY, I bought my 4 year old daughter a pink .22 for Christmas. What's wrong with a girl having a pink gun? It's a cricket, not a hello kitty, does that make a difference? I have no problem with her rifle being feminine, just because she's shooting guns doesn't mean she can't still be girlie. BTW she absolutely LOVES her pink rifle, and I wouldn't trade that for the world!
  19. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    Get a BB gun, set up a plank on a couple of buckets and make it super-fun to knock those cans off of it. Safety is the constant lesson, Fun is the constant goal. Don't force it, don't base it on age. Big "bangs" too soon may not be what she wants. Let her wear daddy's favorite earmuffs while she watches daddy (from a comfortable distance) have fun shooting with a .22.

    Take it slow, make it fun.


  20. Gamera

    Gamera Well-Known Member

    Oops, my pink rifle comment was meant to be sarcastic, my bad ;)

    If a girl wants a pink rifle, I say more power to them!

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