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Old 03-22-2016, 10:57 PM   #1
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My oldest (daughter) is 8 and imo that's definitely too young. Curious what age you think is ok to take your kid to the range?
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:43 AM   #2
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Honestly I think it depends on the child. If they have an interest and are curious it is best to teach them gun safety now. I grow up around guns and hunting. Started shooting at 8. First gun was a double barrel 410. Learned gun safety and respect. My son was curious at a young age. We talked about safety and I took him to the range. When he turned 21 he got his CHL. He owns a variety of handguns and rifles. It was a proud moment when I handed him a handgun I just bought and the first thing he did was to check to see if it was loaded. My daughter was not at all interested. But I still taught her gun safety. Living in a house with guns it is critical.

Best first range experience is an outdoor one. It is not as loud and intimidating. You have more space and it is easier to can talk to each.
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I was 8 or so as well, learned to shoot on a .22/.410 over-under breach loading Savage, my Dad still has it. Neat gun.
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Started mine around 6 with real guns. It is all about training and supervision.

I actually started training my kids to recognize firearms when they were 2 or so. I used to hide airsoft guns around the house and they got a prize if they did not touch the gun and came and told me. To this day, I can leave a pistol on my kitchen cabinet, and my kids will tell me, "Hey dad, there is a pistol on the kitchen cabinet."

My daughter shooting a 1911 with a .22 conversion slide on it when she was 7 yo.

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If a child is strong enough to hold a gun (pistol or rifle) or pull the trigger, then they're old enough for gun safety instruction.
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My father gave me my first BB gun at 4, .22 at 6, and .410 at 8. Like ken o states I think it depends on the child and also the adult who will be training.
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FrgMstr, why no eye protection?
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FrgMstr, why no eye protection?
When that picture was taken she was not actually shooting; just still feeling out the pistol. When we were firing live rounds, trust me, she had eye protection on, and I had better things to do beside take pictures. I was standing right behind her, giving all the instructions and physical help needed.

And if you think I am going to stand flanking a 6 year old with a hot pistol, you are NUTS!
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When that picture was taken she was not actually shooting; just still feeling out the pistol. When we were firing live rounds, trust me, she had eye protection on, and I had better things to do beside take pictures. I was standing right behind her, giving all the instructions and physical help needed.

And if you think I am going to stand flanking a 6 year old with a hot pistol, you are NUTS!
It's only a .22 can't sting that bad.
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Not to sidetrack but my AR15-22 is a blast to plink with and it is allowed on the pistol range.
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