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Old 08-03-2009, 09:49 PM
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You might want to start with a BB or pellet gun, teach the basics, and then work up to a .22 and progress from there. I like a Daisey and maybe it's because my all time favorite movie is"A Christmas Story"I started my grandson with a Red Ryder! Oh yeah I made sure he didn't"shoot his eye out"
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:29 AM
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definetly your call, I have two daughters 11 and 13 going to hunter safety classes together this summer. They have fired an airgun, but just recently and with there grandfather who has hunted for 40 years or so. He refuses to allow the girls to come to the range and learn to shoot anything else until they complete this training. Did the same to me and I was an adult! Good luck! sounds to me like your son has an interest anyway he will wait if you chose to do so.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:13 PM
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i would say that starting markmanship with a youth .22 is ok as long as he is fully capable of understanding the seriousness i have met 6-7-8 year olds who are very intelligent. bruce i love ya man but i gotta disagree i think it is different for all i know people who are 30 that dont need to see a gun let alone touch or shoot one. i might start with a bb/pellet gun plinking first i read an article about kids needing instant gratification and the ting of metal lets them know they did good with out you saying a word. At the same time as for marksmanship if he only knows one way then thats what he will use so find one set way and use it for a while DONT CHANGE HABITS AND TECHNIQUES he is six i teach soldiers to shoot 40 out of 40 who have never held a gun before because we teach them one way i would start him with a stable base and have him shoot off of that like a good shooting stick even if it is a pellet gun. remember hes six and comparitively week that .22 will feel like a 12 gauge to him. go get em
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:38 PM
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i know all about army shooting. been there done that. im just trying to figure out the best way to aproch teaching a young kid how to shoot.
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:39 PM
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Oh I totally agree, there are MANY 6, 7,& 8, year olds that are very intelligent but that doesn't mean they should be handed a high powered rifle and begin hunting just to please a parents Pride...

All I'm trying to convey is that a 6, 7, 8, year old isn't capable of fully understanding right from wrong and none of them can determine on their own what a safe shooting condition is, heck most can barely read at 6 years old let alone judge the safety of a Rifle Shot.
(what's beyond the shot?, What's between the shot and the animal?, what's too close to the shot?, is the game animal too far away?, Are there any house nearby?, is there a chance the shot could reach nearby traffic?, are there any boulders or other objects that might cause a riccochet?)
Maybe I'm just too "safe minded" a hunter BUT I don't want to risk being anything different.

If a person wants to teach their children to hunt I think that's a great thing however I don't think ANY 6, 7, or 8 year old should be hunting with anything larger than a BB gun, maybe the 8 year old would be ready to step up to the .22 caliber but for now there's no reason to push kids into hunting at such early ages...

this is just my opinion, the Law in many states allows it,,, so it all boils down to the parent as to whether their child hunts or doesn't.
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:46 PM
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beleave me im not trying to push him into anything. he probably wont be hunting till he's about 9 or ten. im just trying to get him introduced to both hunting and shooting. when he comes hunting with me i am the only one who carrys the gun. he wont even touch so much as a bb gun without being under my strickt supervision. and any safty infraction at the rainge will be corrected before any real harm can be done. he will be within arms reach at all times. as stated in my first post. i want to do this the right way.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:09 PM
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Based on your last post I can now say, your sons a lucky boy to have such a great Dad!
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:03 PM
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im just trying to do the best i can for him. he is a great kid. he absoultly loves going out and being in the woods with me. the other day i took him out scouting at a place i saw 3 deer last year, for the first scouting trip of the year. i tryed to hide the disapointment on my face when we got there and the surrounding area was in the prosess of being heavaly logged. but when we found the first set of deer tracks he was so exited that i could not help but smile and take in the moment.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:22 PM
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bruce you have very valid points i geuss its just a difference in opinion none right none wrong just different i grew up in the middle of nowhere ks and was shooting bb guns and such at 6-7-8 years old and shooting squirrels and such at 8-9 yrs old. i ment no offense to ou or your thoughts. my apoligies.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:33 PM
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bruce you have very valid points i geuss its just a difference in opinion none right none wrong just different i grew up in the middle of nowhere ks and was shooting bb guns and such at 6-7-8 years old and shooting squirrels and such at 8-9 yrs old. i ment no offense to ou or your thoughts. my apoligies.
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