Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Captcurt, Dec 15, 2021.
You are not wrong. There's a bad dynamic going on if the dad doesn't recognize that his kid isn't ready.
Shooters progress at their own rate. I had one friend that graduated from 22LR, to 22WMR, to 38, to 357, to 45 in an hour and a half. At the end of that, my friend was thrilled about having mastery of something that had previously been a source of fear. I don't think that most beginners make that trip that quickly. Give the kid time.
@Captcurt did JR shoot any rifle before the 300 Blackout? Seams like he may have and was afraid of the recoil or was terrified by the noise.
Sounds like a little coaching for dad may help. JR should get some 22 time.
If the kid really wants to hunt and shoot, the hard part is done.
For years I was afraid, I wouldn't look at the pool drain as I passed over it. No logical reason. (Or maybe there was, since years later kids had their guts ripped out by similar drains)
Give the kid a break. Big audience behind him. Some positive reinforcement and letting him know the rifle won't hurt him. And some time.
Yep, I got butterflies in the stomach before competing, but almost never before practice.
I’m with the rest of y’all. The dad needs to step back and rethink this. My dad ruined fishing for me as a kid to the point I couldn’t care less if I ever fished again. And fishing rods aren’t loud and don’t have shoulder thumping recoil.
Depends on the kid. Some kids are overly cautious. My daughter is a very study child. athletic and can do most anything. She absolutely will not try anything though. Ive had to force her to do everything that she now loves. Shooting wasn't one but riding an ATV. Driving a Car, Then driving a stick, riding a roller coaster, hell eating Japanese food was a big fuss. Lol. Now it's her favorite thing. She absolutely will not try things. I tell her try it and if she hates it then never try again. But try it. She loves playing basketball. Me and my friends rented a gym and played ball for years. I had to force her to play ONE time. She has finally (at 12) realized that if I tell her she can do it, she is safe and can try at least.
The roller coaster was at a huge theme park. I despise roller coasters myself. I panic on roller coasters with Scooby-Doo on them. The log flume makes my heart skip. (I also raced sportbikes and cars, 200+ doesn't scare me on a track at all. On quads and dirt bikes I was the idiot you see jumping cars and such.... 3 mph on a rollercoaster I have no control of...full on panic. Heart stops, I sweat.... no good.). I worked on getting her to ride a kiddie coaster (with me) for half the trip. Once she did though, she rode everything. Still loves it.
We have a great relationship too. I'm closer to her than my other two. We have most everything in Common. So I believe it depends on the kid. A good parent knows when to push and when not. Sometimes they don't think they are strong enough or ready. Sometimes they think they will let you down and are terrified of that
My other two have very little fear or caution. Even if they want to do things I have to decide of they are ready, because according to them....they are ready.
The father in the story may be a huge A-hole and making a mistake. But he may know that if the kid shot the gun (in a lead sled, not like the morons handing a 95lb woman who has never shot a gun a 338-378) that he would be confident and be ok with it.
The lead sled doesn’t cancel out the bang. Some people hate the bang. That’s why my wife hates shooting, it’s too loud at the range for her, and that’s with good hearing protection.
What does the wife, if there is one, say? She should have the inside scoop. It seems obvious but you never know.
I'm hearing tested thoroughly at work yearly. Have been for 20 years since I was 20. My hearing has been bad the entire time in the higher ranges. And there are some here that are just like me. No idea why. If I were tested today and had never been tested, they would blame guns and loud engines. Lol. Guaranteed. But it was bad before I had those. But I wear plugs doing anything. Weedeating, sawing, working on loud engines I wear muffs. My hearing has been the same for that entire 20 years though. We get yearly training on plug use and have an almost unlimited selection of them. I tend to wear the 32nrr versions. But the 30s are a bit more comfortable. The kids use this. Properly worn they are great. Unrolled and barely stuck in the ear they are useless or next to it . I wear muffs over those but the muffs just don't do as well IME.
My boy had all manner of ear issues until he was around 3. Specialist after Specialist. Tubes. Scans etc etc. He is fine now but he covers his ears at any loud noise. Even loud music or the movie theater. He don't mind shooting but we use plugs and muffs both.
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