The holiday season is quickly approaching and we wanted to publish a blog post with gift ideas for your children. One part that we want to touch on, is giving your child either their first BB gun or real firearm, at a young age. Is completely NORMAL, in this country it has been a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. I remember vividly receiving my first BB gun at the age of 3, from my father. It was a gift that provided so many great memories and life experiences. It put me on a path to get where I am today. I’m thankful that I get the opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation. When you give a gift like this, you give your children the chance to learn important life skills, create memories, and spend quality family bonding time. In this post, we will cover important things to think about when giving gifts that keep giving during this holiday season.
There are a few things that you should consider when choosing the perfect gift. One is the age and maturity of your child. If you have a young child I would tend to lean towards giving them their first BB gun. This will help them get the life experience that they need from a young age to continue their personal development. You will be able to teach them important safety disciplines with a relatively safe tool when used responsibly. I highly recommend that if you decide to give them a BB gun, make sure that you include a set of safety glasses as well. I always recommend eye protection whenever you shoot any type of BB gun or firearm. One of my biggest pet peeves is no safety glasses!! Another important thing to consider is your lifestyle. It is very common for those who live in the city but have a backyard. The BB gun is another good option because it gives you the ability to set up an effective backstop and have fun together as a family. For those who live rurally and have kids who are mature enough, a good bolt-action rimfire might be a good option.
The Daisy Red Ryder has been the staple for many first guns for American children for generations. They are lightweight and accurate at close ranges. The best part of using a BB gun is that it is portable, quiet, and allows you to reinforce safety at all times. When we work with young children we always teach them the 4 basic safety rules. These rules can be practiced at ALL times with Nerf guns and Airsoft guns as well. The rules that we recommend!
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded!
- Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction! (We like either UP or DOWN, NEVER at someone else.)
- Finger straight and off the trigger until your sights are on the trigger!
- Make sure of your target, backstop, and what is beyond!
So once you purchase the BB gun, buy some safety glasses, some extra BBs, and some targets. You will be set! You can also print FREE targets on our website under the training aids section. Your family will have fun together for years to come. The memories that are created together will last a lifetime.
If you decide to buy a rimfire rifle, it depends on their age and maturity. We always recommend starting them with a bolt-action rifle. We recommend the bolt action because they are reliable and give you the ability to control the tempo of their shots. When shooting a rimfire rifle I highly recommend ear protection and eye protection as well. Many different manufacturers make bolt-action rimfire rifles. I would view the purchase as an investment. I would buy a quality rifle the first time and you will buy a rifle that they will be able to grow with. Some of our favorite manufacturers are CZ, Ruger, Savage, and a few others. If your child is 12 or older you could go with a semi-auto. The reason we like the bolt-action for younger shooters is that it gives you greater control of the firing process. This is an important component of safety.
The semi-auto is fun because the action does all the work for the shooter. This means as the gun fires energy that is created by the explosion inside of the chamber to cycle the action to expect the spent case and to chamber a new round. This process fires ONE round per press of the trigger until the magazine is empty. The most popular semi-auto ever made is the Ruger 10-22. They are fun to shoot.
No matter what you decide to go with this Christmas season, don’t forget the safety accessories to complete the gift. Then always remember to make sure that you incorporate them in your family time. Repetition is a foundational component of everyone’s safety, get out there and practice, practice, practice! You will create lasting memories that will last a lifetime. It is these traditions that you will teach your children that they will teach your grandchildren. Teach them safety! Until next time. Be Safe!!