Hank and I spent Saturday morning with the Little Gal and two of her friends, at their mother’s request, teaching them shooting safety. We began the morning by showing the kids several different guns and their “action” and how to check them and see if they are safe.
While the kids looked at the guns they were reminded of a safe direction to point the gun and also to always treat the firearm as though it were loaded.
After the safety rules were reviewed, we headed out to shoot some .22 rifles. We were joined by our favorite range master, Thomas the turkey. He helped the kids feel calm and relaxed and taught them to stay behind the fire line.
The Little Gal shot first showing the other two the proper way to approach the shooting bench and how to handle the firearm.
Next, the Little Gal’s friend was up. We noted that even though she is right-handed, she is left-eye dominant. Once we got her situated, she shot better left-handed looking down the sights with her left eye.
Initially, she was a little worried about shooting the rifle, but in the end, she had fun and was happy to know a little more. She is taking her hunter safety course at school, and the final test will be a shooting course where she will again be reminded of firearm safety and handling.
Last up was the little brother. He like many boys was gung-ho and ready to go. We worked a lot with him on keeping his finger off of the trigger until he is ready to shoot.
The Little Gal, Tom, and their friends had a fun day learning about firearms and how to be safe.
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