If shooting is important in your home, there is no doubt you will want to pass along the skill to your children. Many people find themselves asking when the right time to start teaching your child to shoot is. Shooting Range Industries is here to talk about when the right time to start shooting with kids may be and how you should go about it.
Picking the Right Time to Start Teaching a Child to Shoot
Deciding when the right time to start shooting with your child is, can be a big decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. It is more important to ask yourself if your child is mature enough and has a desire more than there being a magical age that they are going to be ready to get started. Every child is different, so choosing a specific age can be difficult. It is also important to remember that you should avoid pushing a child to shoot when they are adamant that they don’t want to. If it is nerves, you can try to help talk through their concerns, but you shouldn’t force something like shooting on an unwilling child.
Start with Gun Safety
One of the best ways to teach your children about gun safety is to follow it yourself. Some basic rules for gun safety include:
– Always treat a gun as if it is loaded, even if it isn’t.
– Only point guns in safe directions.
– Don’t put your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to fire the firearm.
– Always make sure there is a backstop.
NRA Gun Safety for Kids
The NRA also has a set of rules that take it a step further in keeping children safe around firearms.
– If you see a gun, leave it alone
– Don’t touch, hold or pick up a gun
– When you find a gun, leave the area to avoid any chance of an accident happening
– Go find an adult that can help you figure out what needs to happen next
Best Pistol to Teach a Child
If you choose the right firearm for your child, you will have more luck in successfully teaching them how to shoot. You should consider the size and the weight of the firearm when deciding which one will be best. Pick one that will fit the grip of your child. You want them to be able to easily reach the trigger. The stock length is also important.
Custom Shooting Ranges for Practice & Training
If you are getting ready to teach your child the joys of learning to shoot, a great place to start is at the shooting range. This provides you with a safe environment to pass on your knowledge about handling a firearm with your child. At Shooting Range Industries, we design and fabricate modular shooting ranges that are completely customizable. Call us today!