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    Children and shooting.

    How young is too young to start shooting?
    My step grandaughter is six years old and has expressed an interest in shooting and hunting, she`s certainly not a dolls and prams type of kid.
    Is six too young to introduce her to gun safety and plink a few targets with an air rifle?
    Her parents aren`t against the idea.
    "He who kills sow with piglets empties the forest of boar" My neighbours dad on new years eve 2011.

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    No and go for it.

    My daughter was 4 when we started her but 6 I would say is just about the right age.

    She is now 7 and is loving using my PCP to knock down a knock down target.

    Have a look on the junior air rifle thread in Rifles and equipement.

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    They are never too young I did a humane dispach for a local farmer a month or two ago and his children all saw the results asked questions got answers with no frills .They were intersted in the rifle and understand what it is for since have all wanted to shoot air rifle and generally being shown what its all about GREAT.

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    I don't have a proper answer, even though I started shooting at about 8years old and so did my kids, and with any luck so will my new wee grandson, though I was around birth, death, farming folk, guns and shooting folk from the day my mother and I came home from the maternity hospital... a cautionary tale I do have, however.

    Our local village/town has a mix of old local/rural families and many city working/commuting, for the want of a better word, incomers. Most of whom, I have to say, are fine folk and an asset to the community, aye both locals and incomers.

    When he was about seven or so, a well liked local keeper's son was asked in class to write a story about what he did during his holidays... He, loves being with his old man, out doing the rounds and helping with everything, so he wrote pretty much what you'd expect.

    The result was not what you'd have hoped, but I reckon you can see where this is going. The school teacher involved was appalled and evidently she was not alone. Social services were NOT called in but, as the tale was passed to me, I gather she gave the distinct impression that that was a lever she felt she had at her disposal and had considered pulling (to what effect I know not). However, the parents were summoned and the situation diffused, somewhat. Such are the times we live in. No more stories from the keepers day, or night, were to be told.

    I don't know where you live or how your community might react, but being a farmers boy I would never have thought my community would have been divided in it's reaction as it was, but it was nonetheless. Sad really, especially for a happy wee seven year old boy and his devoted parents.

    Incidentally, I don't wish that those involved should be identifiable and I hope they realise that, if they are reading this. For their sake I also hope I have told the tale truthfully and accurately enough, for the purposes of this thread.
    Last edited by Tamus; 10-11-2010 at 22:36.

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    Go for it
    The earlier they learn and get over the excitment , the safer and level headed they will be when they come of age and go out by themselves

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    My son, 11 is a keen shot with airgun and shot gun and has come stalking a few times with me and witnessed roe and fallow shots. Both my daughters are interested (4 & 9) and your post has spurred me on to get them more involved perhaps with the airgun, though they both like coming ferreting with me.
    Not wishing to hijack the thread but I am unclear as far as the law is concerned with firearms and young people, am I right in thinking that my son has to get his own firarms cert at 14 to be able to fire my .22 or .243 even with me pressent? Or is it ok for him to use the rimfire supervised?

    Cheers George

    Just read Tamus's tale , how sad. I'm proud that my children can go to school with tales of deer butchered on the kitchen table and rabbit in the pot. they have taken in pictures of them ferreting before. Thankfully thier local village school although 98% full of non country people are quite supportive and think its almost a quirky alternative lifestile!
    Last edited by liongeorge; 10-11-2010 at 22:47.

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    Starting them early is a great idea, but for heavens sake don't force them into it!
    Encourage them all you can but if they don't want it, you won't make it happen - just the opposite!
    Heavy guns, loud bangs, or a lack of success due to age are likely to cause lasting memories which could put a youngster off for life! Chopping adult guns down is also a crap idea as it just ruins an otherwise balanced gun. Get the right tool for the job ready for when it is needed. Let them know it is there and they can try it whenever they like - again, don't force the issue! You will finally know when they are old enough as it is when they tell you and not vice versa!
    Money spent on a junior gun is seldom wasted. You can't put a price on getting your kids into shooting really can you? When they have outgrown it, if you have looked after it, it will be worth as much, if not more than you paid for it anyway. View it as an 'investment' in your future!
    My eldest now writes on the calendar when he wants to go out shooting! How can the wife refuse that one eh?!!

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    Go for it.

    My 14yr old son started air rifle at about 4, and has become a proficient shot with gun and rifle and has shot a fair bit of game and deer although ski-ing rugby and no doubt females are creeping into his mind right now so he will no doubt miss some shoot days once the snow is on the hill.

    My 6 year old son on the other hand is absolutly manic about all things fishing shooting . His biggest delight is preparing and eating game and he is on the phone every night for the last 2wks to his grandfather to get the squirrel cull update and check that thing are being kept in the freezer for his inpending visit and feast!!!!

    He tells his class mates every day what he has brought in for lunch [today venison roll, but on Monday he had a whole roast snipe!!!![inards out]] The village school delight in his enthusiasm and encourage him as he encourages other kids[sometimes].

    My eldest daughter looks at me with disgust when shooting is mentioned and just doesn't get it! Middle daughter enjoys being out but not too bothered about shooting game.
    However they are both crack rifle shots and shoot every week at Biathalon club

    It's great to have the kids interested , however 2wks ago the little one was standing at the peg with me, we had an outstanding snipe drive[about 200 seen] and his questioning of WHY I wasn't hitting them was getting a tad irritating.

    Especially when he pipes up Peter's a better shot than you, he got tons, I'll stand with him next time - he was swiftly relegated to the beating line

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    Both my grandson and my partners daughter, he is 7 she is 9, were showing an intrest in shooting so we aranged a day at the range, where we shot a whole heap of targets, the children and my partner had a great day and i had a fabulous day, i realy enjoyed introdusing them to shooting sports, we talked and demonstrated all the safety rules and taught them the shooter safety poem, we did this twice to make sure thay understood why safety is so important, hopefuly a leason that will be remembered, it will also be repeated by my partner and myself.
    By the way thay both shot good targets but the young lady outshot my grandson.

    Dry Powder.

    Barry Thom

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    My daughter who is now 9 and some would say has an unhealthy obsession with all outdoor activities in which I participate be it stalking field sports or fishing.
    She first accompanied me to the larder at the age of 7 and watched quietly as I dealt with a couple of red stags
    after I had finished I asked her if she had any questions .Yes dad do you cut out the brain aswell ?
    I think everyone knows there child and given the correct circumstances the younger they are introduced to what
    is in effect a normal way of life the better.

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