How to Teach a Child to Shoot a Gun (safely & effectively)
How to Teach a Child to Shoot a Gun (safely & effectively) by Z.H. Former USAF Combat Arms Instructor (AFSC 3P0X1B) for Concealed Carry
There remains a fair amount of hesitation among some in the wider firearms community about teaching their children about firearms (especially those making the transition from urban areas where the very idea of addressing firearms with children seems verboten). Of course, those individuals who have seen their families take an active interest in firearms, be it for hunting or simply target shooting, have long seen the benefits of teaching children to use firearms.
Of course, there has been outrage in the media in years past each time a child injures or kills a sibling, friend, or themselves by using a poorly-secured weapon. In nearly all these cases, the child in question had no knowledge of the lethality of firearms.
In a SHTF scenario, it is extremely likely that all too suddenly that this will become suddenly and brutally apparent to all, and the unprepared mind is even more likely to be traumatized.
One of the best safety and preparedness measures in regards to children and firearms is to simply involve them in the experience. Long before any of my children were of an age to shoot, I would let them “help” in regards to cleaning my rifles.
This generally involved helping oil our cleaning patches, and even operating the cleaning rod (with immediate, direct supervision). Of course, during this entire experience, the top priority was safety.
Before they ever got the chance to “help out Dad”, they were instructed, repeatedly, as to the lethality of these items. I even found YouTube videos showing the penetration and destructive power of several firearms to assist in this. This is the sort of step that can start as early as the preschool years, and will form a firm foundation and appreciation for the lessons to come.
An air rifle can be an excellent transitional complement to a child’s firearm education and experience. The same basic tenets apply in regards to the operation of an air rifle or BB gun as they do to a standard firearm.