In the past I have written about Introducing your reluctant wife to shooting and self protection and it is something I have some experience with. My wife is a pediatrician that grew up in a gun free home.
My wife didn’t want guns in the home. She didn’t understand why I would get a concealed carry license. She didn’t understand why I started the blog.
Saying she is pro-gun would be a stretch… but now we have guns, a reloading room, she has a HD pistol, a concealed carry license, asks to make sure I am carrying, we have opened the store and the concept is no longer odd. Still, this was a milestone Christmas in the Larimer household. My wife finally let my oldest fire a gun on a Christmas Eve range trip.
And as say uncle often says, these pictures are why we win.
Aiden’s First Shots
The thumbs up picture with the closed bolt is his response after firing the his 1st round.
The rifle is his Cooper Firearms Jackson Squirrel Rifle chambered in .17 Mach 2. With a 2.5-8X Leupold VX-II scope that has been re-paralaxed to 50yds. The gun was purchased for him by my father after he was born. It has a custom serial number of his birthday and the scope is engraved with his name.
In addition to being a really nice gun, it is important to our family because of the manufacturer. Cooper Firearms hosts a one-shot competition each year where competitor have one shot to hit a 0.25″ dot at 150 yrds and the closest to the dot wins. My father has won 3 paintings in the competition and a rifle.
When my dad presented the gun to Aiden (he was about 18mos old) we took a photo and as of the SHOT Show last year I was told it is still hanging in the company lobby… even though they have moved facilities.
While it was the 1st time he was allowed to shoot, he isn’t a stranger to guns and it can be seen in his form. (Notice his finger.)
One thing that made me very proud was his awareness of the scope shadow. Because of his size he couldn’t get into position with the proper eye relief. So he asked to dial the magnification down until he had a clear picture.
I thought that was pretty mature.
Even at 50 yards is can be difficult to see where the little .22 is hitting (and even more so for the .17). It can also be very discouraging for a new shooter to be aiming at a little 1″ dot and have trouble hitting it.
The MGM silhouette I use for pistols however makes a splatter that can be seen with the naked eye, a satisfying “ping” with each spot and doesn’t have a small specific aiming point that can be discouraging.
While my son and I had a great morning, it was also great to see the other 2 families on the range.
One father was shooting .308 bolt guns with his 14-15 year old son.
The other father was there with his 2 adult sons shooting AR’s and a variety of military surplus style guns.
I know I still enjoy shooting with my father and I hope this 1st trip shooting with my son will be the start of a lifetime of future range trips.