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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

A Good Youth Firearms Primer?

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My sons are middle-aged; we did a lot of bird hunting when they were growing up. I have 12 grandkids, 5 boys amongst them. My senior son-in-law raised his 2 boys and his 3 girls to learn how to shoot. Mostly at the range, some bird hunting. 

 

Now amongst others I have a grandson who just turned 14. His dad, my youngest son, as I said was raised a shotgunner but in the activities of life has  done little shooting in recent years. So he and my daughter-in-law are enthusiastic that I should introduce him to shooting; marksmanship in general. Especially now with schools closed for 'in-person', we'd like to make it part of a 'curriculum'.

 

Unlike maybe when I was younger, at 72 I'd like to make it organized, rather than ad hoc, so to speak. I went looking for a bolt-action .22 to start him on; I want a smallbore, and a traditional action. My research led me to the CZ 457. I bought the Lux model; it's a beautiful, accurate rifle. I already love this rifle. I'm going to introduce him on it (I ain't saying I'm giving it to him...).

 

This 14-year-old is already 6' 3", a tall and rangy guy. He's a real athlete, to boot.

 

What I'm looking for is a good printed firearms/shooting 'primer', so to speak. A booklet or pamphlet that is real good for firearms handling and safety. This will be the 'book work'; obviously, it has to be concise and interesting enough to engage a (mature) kid of 14.

 

I was casual in early years. Now I'd like to be more methodical. Also interesting, which is really needed with the school situation.

 

Any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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NRA's hunter/safety stuff is available online or in print. Would probably be a good place to start.

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Personally I know nothing but there might be a chance if you google NRA perhaps they have something in regards to introducing youth.

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Look into Project Appleseed.

 

There are two upcoming events in your area. 

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Most states have a Hunter Safety program that is worth having him attend.  Some would even let Dad or Mom attend too.   Having taught that for 35 years in three states, I know it helped several kids.  One with some range time is the more interesting class.   And yes, a lot of NRA developed material can be found in most classes.

 

These classes should still come with a real good book explaining safety, ethics, types of firearms and ammunition, conservation, etc.

 

Good luck, GJ

 

 

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The Boy Scouts have a Shotgun Merit Badge. The Shotgun merit badge book is a good source of information for your age grandson. You can view the merit badge requirements online that would be covered in the book at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Shotgun_Shooting.pdf

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