Basics of Teaching Kids How to Shoot
If you want to teach your child how to shoot, there are some basic concerns that you should address, otherwise these concerns may develop into issues.
- Readiness- Before you jump into any shooting activities with your kids, it is important to know their comfort level. Are they ready or willing to handle a gun? If they are unwilling, we recommend that you postpone the initial visit to the range and instead, spend time understanding the child’s psyche. To be on the safer side, it is a good idea to first speak to the child before booking a slot at the range.
- Evaluating the child- Just because a child seems thrilled to go to the first shooting lesson does not mean that she/he is ready to actually handle a gun. You as a parent need to weigh all aspects including the child’s maturity levels and attitude towards gun safety before beginning lessons.
- Gun safety- Is your child aware of gun safety rules? If you want your child to learn shooting, chances are that you are yourself a gun enthusiast and have a gun at home. You have most probably taught your child about the 4 basic gun safety rules if they ever happen to accidentally spot a gun:
- Stop- Stop and stay away from the gun.
- Don’t touch- Do not ‘check it out’. In fact, do not even touch it.
- Leave the area- Get out of where the gun is.
- Tell an adult- Go to an adult and tell them about the gun.
Other than that, there are other safety rules to be followed starting from day one of the child’s shooting lessons. You will need to drill it into the child that the gun is not a toy and strict rules have to be followed while handling a gun, like ALWAYS handling a gun extremely carefully (like it is loaded), or never pointing the gun in a direction where someone could get hurt (not even jokingly) or not to fool around with the trigger.
- Appropriate gear- Children will need shooting gear of the right size. The ear muffs or plugs as well as the goggles need to be the correct size- neither too loose, nor too tight, but just right. Any discomfort or sizing issues will interfere with the child’s attention levels.
- Age appropriate guns- When introducing your child to shooting, pick a firearm that the child can handle with ease. There should be no discomfort in the entire experience, or, the child will lose interest even before it is built. Guns that are hard to grip, or have uncomfortably long stocks or are very heavy for the child will kill the child’s enthusiasm. A wrong choice can take away the joy of learning and leave you with a rather unwilling learner.
These pointers may, at first glance, not seem too important, but believe us- it is the small details that make a big difference. It is quite like how many gun owners do not take gun safety seriously, that is until they lose their guns to burglars or have an accident at home. We encourage you to look through our range of gun concealment shelves and gun concealment mirrors to keep safe. For more insights into gun ownership, gun safety, and other interesting information, check out our blog each week. Happy reading!