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Discussion in 'General' started by roadie1389, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. roadie1389

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    To stop having sex?

    No seriously, what would be a good age to teach your daughter to shoot? She is 5 and can shoot a bow. Was thinking of getting her a .22 Cricket or something for her 6 BD but a little hesitant.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Just my personal opinion here, but Personally, I think 6 is still just a little bit to young for a child to handle something that is potentially deadly. I'm thinking 10 or 12 would be a better age, as they are able to understand more fully the dangers involved. It's your daughter, do as you desire, but please keep her safe !
     
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    I have a friend that is into guns, lots and lots of guns and has a herd of kids. He has his kids attend a hunter safety course before he lets his kids shoot.
     
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    Every child that is going to handle a gun should be enrolled in a safety course prior to having access to a gun. That being said, I firmly believe that a 6 year old is not quit able to understand the dangers involved. Just my opinion though. Like I said, she is your little girl, do what you will, but PLEASE keep her safe !
     
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    I agree. Don’t have kids though.
     
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    This is a touche subject for some people, but I'm a firm believer that kids should be taught to handle guns at a young age. When they are around them and understand them, they are less likely to be curious and handle them when your not around. I was taught at a young age, and was very good with a .45 acp by the time I was 8. My kids were taught young and my two oldest granddaughters started around 6. The oldest one is 12 or 13 now, and can out shoot me. That's not really saying much, my wife can out shoot me too.
    As far as your daughter, your the only one that can determine if she is mature enough to start learning.
     
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    My opinion is if you have guns in the house or car ie: any remote chance that one of your children can come in contact with them. Gun Saftey is a must, kids are curious and if you don't teach them your taking a risk with their life and that of others. Either teach them or get rid/never by guns to start with. Even then take all prcautions to keep your family as safe as you can.
     
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    Educate young, expose them young. I was hunting with a .243 at age 7 with my dad BUT he carried me with him at about age 5. I have always been around guns and so has CeCe. She is the last kid to ever pick up a gun and go “Oh LOOKIE” . She has had a .38in her car for protection since she could drive . We go shoot paper when ever she is in. And she is damn accurate. She knows guns, can disassemble and clean but most important, she respects them .
     
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    Education is a given. We teach her as much as possible, we teach her to respect things. But I appreciate all the feed back.

    I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas.

    Thanks again.
     
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    ... at that age.... is what BB guns are for. Just don't shoot yer eye out.
     
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    My kids were taught gun safety and how to handle a gun at 9 - 10 yrs old. They were also taught to respect the animals we hunted. They understand the taking of an animals life and how to process the meat for consumption.
    Now as adults they are full fledge hunters and both have the concealed courses and know how to protect themselves. My son is black belt in karate so not too worried about him. Guns are a touchy topic but I feel that early education and gun safety is a must if a kid is introduced to firearms at an early age.
     
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    Bottom line: She is your child, Your responsibility, Do what you feel is the best for her.
     
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    Speaking as a Certified Instructor, what I did with mine was start with a BB gun at five, 22 rifle at 8 and pistols 12 and up. All shooting sessions were supervised and located close enough to take control if needed. No unsupervised shooting until the legal age was reached.
    Just my .02
     
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