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Took my son shooting ...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Riomouse911, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

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    ...on Veterans Day. I bought him a Henry .22 youth model for his 12th Christmas, and naturally a matching Henry .22 for me because I got a great deal on it. Sadly, due to lousy schedules and other commitments we haven't had the time to shoot them all year.

    We had a great time, he learning how to work the lever, hold the gun and aim offhand while I got to plink about without a care in the world. We were shooting with a group of friends in a dry riverbed on BLM land out in the desert. Locals had set up gongs, built a shooting bench, had set two tables out there, etc.

    Then I let him shoot my Ruger Mk II 5.5" target pistol. After minimal instruction he was hitting an IPSC sized torso steel gong a bit over 15 yards away 5 out of 10 shots at least four times in a row. I was very pleased at the little naturals abilities.

    Then Murphy showed up wielding his #%¥#!! law book. I had both rifles sitting on an open 2-gun case on the seat of the picnic bench at the shooting area when my son banged the case with his knee as he was going for another handful of cartridges for the pistol. The impact knocked the case off the bench and flipped it over. Naturally both of the rifles went skittering into the rocks and gravel, leaving what looked like healthy scratches on their receivers and several dings on the forearms and stocks.

    I nearly had a stroke watching two brand-new guns hit the ground like that. All I could do was bite through my lip, tell my son to be careful, pick them up, and continue to breathe normally until the disbelief subsided. Of course I could have moved some stuff around and put them up on top of the table, so I surely had some blame to take in the incident as well. The kid, naturally, was embarrassed and upset.

    Luckily, once I cleaned all of the dust off of them at home it wasn't too bad....all things considered. The scratches in the metal were minimal and the wood-dings are minor. The kid learned how to shoot his rifle and a handgun, and I got to go out and share some fun...and got in some lesson-learning time for the both of us.

    Oh, and the Remington Thunderbolt .22s we were shooting had several misfires. I had at least five FTF rounds out of about 400 we shot that day, 3 in the rifles and 2 in the handgun. I wasn't impressed with their reliability, but I used them as training aids; teaching him about waiting 60 seconds while pointed down range and then clearing the gun with the action opening pointed away from my face.

    Stay safe... and remember to set your guns in a better location than I did!
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

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    Things happen. The dings will just remind him of a good day years from now.
     
  3. ms6852

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    When he inherits the guns he will remember that day with fondness and nostalgia.
     
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  4. edwardware

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    Perspective! Your son enjoyed your company, and learned another lesson towards being careful. Sounds like a great success.

    If dropping it would be a tragedy, leave it in the safe.
     
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  5. ShootingIsFun

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    I'll never forget my first time out shooting with my grandfather... I didn't drop anything but if I had, it wouldn't have detracted from a great experience that I'll always remember.
    I'm now looking forward to taking my kids shooting in a few more years when they're old enough. I had been thinking about a single shot bolt. 22 to get started but the Henry is a good option to consider too. (The problem is that I already have one of those and would lose my excuse to buy a new gun ;))
    Thanks for the story - sounds like a great time!
     
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  6. Skylerbone

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    These guys are going waaaay too easy on you! It's near halfway to December and you're just now getting him to the range? Are you trying to raise a monk with that kind of patience?!?

    The fact that you are teaching him to shoot is a hallmark sign of a good father and I commend you (but make more time for fun in your life). Now that the incident has passed you'll need to bring up safety and where each of you fell short in securing the rifles because the scratches aren't the main issue, it's the danger in dropping any firearm that matters.

    Still proud of you for getting out there though and those little dings will serve as a dual reminder of an important day you shared as well as a lesson learned.
     
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  7. ohihunter2014

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    I am so glad that you didn't flip your lid on the kid for an accident. My brother got me into this sport and there has been a few times as a kid i was screamed at, etc over things such as this. Just be glad it was your gun and not a barrowed one. My buddy called me one day and said a local camp ground had woodchuck issues and asked if i wanted to shoot some but it was 22lr only so leave the 223rem at home. I didn't own a 22lr at the time so he barrowed someones marlin and the plan was he would use the barrowed marlin and me his rifle. well his rifle didn't fit me so i used he marlin and standing in the gravel drive talking to the campground owner i had the gun slung across my back and gave a slight pull on the sling and it came undone and the rifle hit the gravel. My buddy fixed the bluing and a minor ding in the stock and TBH i don't think the rifle owner ever found out. I was so sick when it happened and will never barrow another firearm again.

    Also, I'm glad your son likes shooting and you got him into it. I was always interested in guns from a very young age and glad its my hobby.
     
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  8. BigBore44

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    Almost had the same thing happen Sunday. Went to a buddies property to help another friend sight in his two new rifles, an 1895 GBL, and savage axis stainless 308.

    We had a big folding table set up. Long story short, we had 4 guns on the table not including the Lead Sled DFT and the rifle in it. The guy shooting was trying to get into a good shooting position and I noticed his left elbow sliding to the left against 3 of the rifles. He was actually pushing all the rifles towards the end of the table. I called ceasefire and moved the rifles off the table.

    Also, when shooting, especially with children, there is NEVER “without a care in the world”. That’s always when Mr. Murphy shows up. He is a real jerk. But he usually shows up to show us we are not being as attentive as we should be.

    At the end of they you all had a good time. And I’m glad you were able to share that memory with your son. Hopefully you have many more outings as enjoyable as this one.
     
  9. imashooter

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    You could have at least dropped him down to do pushups or the dying cockroach position. :D Sounds like a great father / son outing.
     
  10. If1HitU

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    Glad your son and you had a good shooting day together,hope I live long enough for my grandson to get old enough so I can take him on a shooting day.That 20 years old son of mine are to busy chasing girls these days to run with me.lol:):rofl:.
     
  11. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Good times, brother.
    My 11yr old daughter had a blast shooting my new (1918) Enfield .410 musket last Sunday. Had just enough kick to keep her on her toes without bruising her shoulder.
    Got to hang a nice glossy 8x10 of her and the SMLE next to one I took several years ago of her older sister plinking away with my Garand.
    Good times indeed.:)
     
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  12. 1911 guy

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    I like rifles, but rifles are just things. Think back to the moments you remember as a kid. You accomplished far more by keeping your cool than you ever could by "teaching him a lesson" about carelessnes and clumsiness. All kids are careless and clumsy to a point. I'm willing to bet the lesson he did learn was patience, priority of people over things and treasuring time with family.

    Good job.

    And for Pete's sake, take him shooting more often!
     
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  13. Hoppes Love Potion

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    Those scrapes and dings are part of family history now.
     
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  14. Riomouse911

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    I hope he did have a good time, like I said he really took to the Mk II. I have an old Mk I that I think I will be giving to him as his own the next time we go shoot.

    Between baseball spring, summer and fall, five river trips, four weeks of summer vacation trips for him, etc. this year has FLOWN by. I hated not getting out and shooting with the family, this next year should be a lot better for this.

    My son looks like he is left eye dominant (like his mom) so I will be getting him a patch to start training him to use his right eye... and I think I may get a set of Skinner peeps for our Henry's. I wasn't too thrilled with my performance with the open sights.
     
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    My godfather told me stories about being clumsy when he went into the military. Among other things he did was drop a rifle on parade. His CO called the DI over and told him to add extra drill and marksmanship training to the recruit and not chew him out. It worked. My godfather was an orphan and had no knowledge of his parents. The DI told him what to do and expected it done. His daughter married my brother and when he died she had a case built for his Blues. Seems like it worked. My godfather was a Carlson's raider.


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  16. bnolsen

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    My kids get a lot of use out of my krita 22lr bolt action and my ruger 22/45 mkiii, especially my 7yro son. My 14 year old daughter seems to go for my ptr91, wasr10 and the ar15. I need to work her more on pistols as girls really need to know to their guns. She didn't like my super redhawk 44mag much.
     

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