At the NoVA get-together in Stafford at the end of April, the topic of “Take your Daughter to the Range Day” came up. To sum up a long, convoluted conversation, the following were observed …
Some ranges have an age limit due to insurance regulations, and so young kids can’t shoot.
Getting kids started with a pellet gun means you don’t have to wear hearing protection, and so instruction is easier.
An adult can grab the barrel of a pellet gun (or pellet pistol) to maintain muzzle control without worrying about injury.
Targets can be hung at a more appropriate height and distance, and they can be reactive.
Pellet guns, with a proper backstop can be shot in the backyard.
There was more, but you get the idea ...
So, is anybody interested in a Kid Shoot? The date that was kicked around was the first weekend in June (plan on Saturday, rain date for Sunday). Michael W. (retired LEO and firearms instructor) said he’d come up and lend a hand, and JB Miller has a couple of pellet guns and found a really cool target. Sweet Daugter even volunteered to share her purple pistol.
|Sweet Daughter, age 4, first time shooting|
I could host it here* -- there’s a place to set up in the shade, a swing-set, and BrokenAndy volunteered to bring an inflatable bouncy thing so the kids have something to do in between turns shooting because I’m not anticipating long attention spans. Frequent changes in activity, yes-- sort of like squirrels on meth. We could wrap up with the adults taking a turn or two, and throwing stuff on the grill. I’m sure that if this is successful, there will be other ones planned before the summer is over.
I’m open to suggestions – let me know if you might be interested in coming (with or without kids) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*I’m about a half hour from Fredericksburg, VA, about an hour from the north side of Richmond, and about 45 minutes from Waldorf, MD.