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When to introduce my daughter to Air Rifles

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Stevematthews79, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Stevematthews79

    Stevematthews79 Active Member

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    My daughter is coming up 5 next month, and I was wondering at what age you would consider it appropriate to introduce her to shooting. She's been ferreting with me since she was 18months, in fact the only meat she'd eat for 2 years was rabbit. I would like to hear your views on what age to start, and any tips on getting her interested. Shooting camera film canisters filled with flour was one suggestion from Jamjon when I spoke to him Any other suggestions for the next generation?:confused:
     
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    Steve, every child is different, so the question is one similar to "how long is a piece of string" ?
    Physical size and strength is a factor and, as I know very little about whether smaller guns are available, I would suggest that this might be the overriding factor. Being able to understand the need for strict safety measures is also one to wrestle with, some kids being far more likely to obey rules than others. I would say you're probably on to a winner on that front, your child being a daughter rather than a son.
    Set up a PCP on a support and let her eye up through the scope and pull the trigger. See if she likes it and take it one step at a time, but don't leave her for a second until you know she's not going to hurt herself or others.
     
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    If you want to make shooting more fun, make some interesting targets, I thought about blowing some balloons up, or water bombs.
     
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    Tried taking my 5yr old daughter shooting, but the rifle was the problem. The trigger reach and stock size was full size. She couldnt hit the target and lost intrest fast.

    If you altered a rifle to fit her and let her shoot at tin cans, it should go well.

    My 7yr old daughter has just started 22lr 50m target shooting. First 20 shot's and she got 138points!!!
    She is definatly hooked now!.
     
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    Got my son shooting when he was 6, bought a qb78 for £40 and shortened the stock for him to use. That was 5 years ago, He's totally hooked now.
     
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    try smaller sized rifles like the S200 or things like crossman ratcatcher:up:

    spinning targets and tin cans are good fun
     
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    mt daughter is 5 and just started shooting she uses my old bsa merlin which i started shooting when i was 5
     
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    I recently took a couple of my sons with me. One is aged 8 and even with a junior rifle it was too big and heavy for him. He ended up putting the stock under his armpit and couldn't really see down the sights to aim...it just went in the general direction, however he loved it.

    He eventually started laying down and resting the barrell on a post which helped.
     
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    to practice you can start the kids off with an SMK Co2 thing.

    if the stock is too big its not an expensive rifle so you can cut the stock down
     
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    Or you could get a Weihrauch HW25L, that's designed for small hands :up:
     
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    springers are good for older kids but the little ones won't like the loading and recoil
     
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    what about getting her to use an air pistol?? thats if you can't find a rifle to fit her.
     
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    you can get a pistol from crossman that has an atachable butstock (sold seprate
     
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    Cool. Make a good toy for me whilst she's staying with her mum:) THinking about starting her off with a laser so I can see what she's pointing it at. Do you know what model it is? Want to know if the adjustable stock can be cut down to size to fit her.
     
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    got this off uttings, the stock is below the gun;)

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    The 2240 model that the stock fits looks the most likely candidate. Can you fit accessories to crossman pistols i.e. Hawke laser I have kicking about in a drawer somewhere? Couldn't be bothered pumping the other model up! Hangover from using a stirrup pump on my PCPs!
     
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    i think you can scope it up but not sure on the accesory side of things:confused:

    its only like 5 pumps for a shot and i dont think it runs at 12ftlbs so the pumping should be easy
     

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