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    As a firearms instructor, I get questions from parents in class on what is the right age to teach children gun safety and how to shoot. My answer is generally the same; when the parents think their child has enough emotional stability to be able to clearly understand the dangers of not following the safety rules and then being able to follow the safety rules. Last weekend I had a family of four; mom, dad, and a 10 YO son and 7 YO daughter. The son did great and had an great grasp of all the safety items. The daughter did fine and put 6 out of 10 rounds on paper. I also gave both children some NRA Eddie eagle project books to take home. Both of the children shot with my S&W M&P .22.
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    I really enjoy hearing about people who want to teach children about gun safety. My son started his two childern very young with the basics of gun safety and handling...with BB guns. He had to cut the stocks down to fit, but it worked well. Both my granddaughter (about 5 at the time) and grandson (he was 3) were very interested and wanted to shoot when their dad had his air rifle out. With the BB guns my son was able to begin teaching them...with hearing & eye protection. They learned that the BB guns were real guns...and were put away just like dad's big guns...and that they did damage when shot. All the lessons were learned slowly over time, and yes, 3 & 5 is very young to start; however, guns are a part of both our households. There is now no mystery about them to the childern. They are now 9 & 7. The granddaughter isn't so interested in shooting anymore...I hope that will change as she gets older. However, the grandson loves to shoot and, thanks to Cub Scouts, is developing a strong interest in archery, too. He is still learning...as should we all...and still having fun, too. I love watching the excitement and pride in him when repeating safety rules and showing his latest targets. Just warms my heart!
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    I post this only as contrast to my opening post and to Instructors that may want to teach children. The next weekend after my class from the beginning post, I had a parent that said that his children were exposed to guns and were able to comprehend all the safety and technical aspects of shooting, the children were 5 and 7. I agreed to work with the children....mistake! The 5 YO lasted about 10 minutes with no comprehension of what I was talking about but the 7 YO did really well and shot probably 100 rounds of 22 LR. I have made a new rule for my company when teaching children; they must be 9 YO or older...lesson learned.
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