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  1. I've got an 11 year old niece that's safer with a gun than several 50 or 60 year olds that I've shared the range with (for however short a time it may have been). Age has very little to do with maturity or common sense.

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    No real magic number... My son was 7 when I got him the Airsoft. Age 8 when he went with me for his first range trip. Age 9 he had his own 22 rifle (legally mine until he comes of age)... He was 9 1/2 when he fired my 22 pistol, Beretta 92FS, M&P45, and AR15... He's a great shot with both the 22 rifle and pistol. He understands the power of the weapon and has respect for it. Safety is paramount and he gets that.

    My daughter has fired my 22 pistol and the 22 rifle. She fired the AR15 once and has not come back yet for more. She prefers the rimfire stuff for now... small steps... You'll know when they're ready... Good luck and stay safe... Don't worry about the naysayers and the shock and awe folks, they don't get it. The passion, respect and love for the shooting sports...
    You can give peace a chance alright..

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    Maturity and safety-consciousness are the watch words. Age is irrelevant. I have six kids, and each of them is different. If there is ever a number seven, ill be learning a whole new set of variables again.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by tenesseevols:227590
    You can't put a number on it. It's all about maturity and discipline...
    My thoughts exactly

  6. I would judge by attitude, strength, and desire. My older son shot his first turkey at 7. Daughter started deer hunting at 11. Younger son got caught in the legal trap and had to wait until 12 to deer hunt but was shooting rabbits before that. It's up to you to determine when the child is mature enough and has the self control to absolutely follow the safety rules. I suppose everyone has heard the tragic story of the youngster who was allowed to shoot a small submachine gun, couldn't control it, and was shot in the head. No one wants a situation like that. The child must be strong enough to properly control the firearm and the trainer should never be out of arm's reach while a loaded gun is in use by a young child.

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    Both my Father, and Grandfather had me out shooting when I was 6 years old. My Father began teaching me Gun safety when I was 5. My family was an military Family. I remember how excited, and
    Scared I was the first time I shot my dads Model 41 Smith & Wesson .22 Cal Which I still have today.

    In my opionion there is no age limit on gun safety, and handling.The younger the better.When you hear that a child found a weapon in the home, and shot themselves or someone else It's because they were not educated on gun safety.I knew never to touch any weapon without my father present.

    If all gun owners taught their children proper gun safety at an early age, there would be allot less accidental shootings in the home.

  8. I will be getting my son his first BB gun on his 6th birthday (coming January). He is good about safety and following directions so we will see how that goes. I am pretty excited about it. I remember when my father gave me my first BB gun, we always had good times going out and shooting.
    One time I broke the rules and shot it without him knowing, a neighbor saw me and told him so he took the gun and broke it in half. It was about a year before he gave me another chance and I didn't make the same mistake again.

  9. #18
    Great! I started my grandaughter at 5 1/2 yrs. with a Crikett single shot 22. She loves shooting with me.
    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." T. Jefferson

  10. I have an 11 and 9 yo, I "trust" the 11yo much more than I do the 9. Both have pellet rifles, but neither shoot unsupervised. The 11yo gets his first trip to the range next weekend and after some training, he will get to shoot our 10/22 and my Colt Mustang. I even may let him try my 226 if he goes through the dry fire process ok.
    When I was younger, I was hunting with friends at around 11 or 12, but I grew up around that and had all the respect in the world for firearms. Most kids now know more about electronics than any type of an actual shootin' iron

  11. #20
    I also agree with Tenesseevols (still, ROLL, TIDE, ROLL!)
    Like Trophyhunter, I was taught about gun safety while still a baby. I think that is the way it should be done.

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