Growing up I was not around guns and was always afraid of them, once I got married my husband was a hunter and guns were brought into the house and I had to accept the fact that they would be around (in a locked gun cabinet of course). As my boys got older I also had to accept the fact that they wanted to hunt just like their dad, so we introduced our boys to BB guns to get them started. When we first introduced the BB gun, my husband sat the boys down and explained that it was not a toy and then explained the rules and safety guidelines for using the BB gun. Anthony (who will be 12 this month) has since become quite a skilled hunter and has passed his hunter safety course and is extremely excited for the upcoming season.
Up till now the boys have been “sharing” a BB gun, the problem was it really belongs to Anthony and every time David would ask Anthony if he could use it, he would tell him later and later would never come. Now that David is getting older (he’s 10) I decided it was time for him to have his own so he could get some more practice and become as skilled as his brother.
We were heading into Erie to meet some friends we haven’t seen in awhile for lunch, they were there celebrating their daughters’s 13th birthday at Splash Lagoon and they wanted to meet my baby Daniel, so while we were in town, we decided to checkout Gander Mountain to see what BB guns they had. Of course Anthony had to go, he said that he need another bow for hunting because his old bow kept falling apart.
Here are a couple of BB Guns that they had on display. As you can see the prices on these were crazy. They ranged from $99.00 to $279.00. Not quite what we wanted to spend.
Then we found the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun priced at $39.99. Perfect! And who doesn’t want a Red Ryder BB gun just like Ralphie in a Christmas Story??? David was grinning from ear to ear as he picked out his gun, I told him to get the pink one and he gave me a dirty look and said “do I look like a girl?”
Once we got home the boys displayed all their loot for Dad on the kitchen table. They were very excited about all their purchases and couldn’t wait to get outside and try out the new Red Ryder.
Once we went over the safety and operating instructions, the boys headed outside for a little target practice. Here they are getting ready to shoot at the target that they got from Gander Mountain. David is on the left and Antony on the right.
Of course Anthony hit the bulls eye, David was right below it. I told David not to be mad if he did not get a bulls eye on the first shot, Anthony told him it takes lots of practice to hit the Bulls eye.
The boys know that the only time that they are allowed to take out the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun is when an adult is present and watching them. Once they are were done shooting the gun, it needs to be unloaded, the safety put on and locked into the gun safe. Tonight we also talked to the boys about leaving their BB’s laying around since they have a 5 month old brother who already loves to put things into his mouth, we do not want him to accidently pick up a BB and put it into his mouth.
Even though there are a lot of dangers associated with BB guns, we feel confident with the proper guidance and supervision they are a great way to introduce kids to guns, hunting and overall firearm safety. When you live in rural Western PA, a place where hunting is a big sport, its almost impossible to avoid so the earlier you can educate you kids the less frightening it will be for everyone. Daisy has some great resources on their website bout gun education and gun safety.
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