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Posted: 10/30/2009 6:52:29 AM EST
Yesterday I got a through blessing from my wife after I let my 5 year old son hold my ar. She said that should NEVER be allowed, and showed I was irresponsible with my guns. All I did was help him put the butt to his shoulder, and look through the sights. I showed him how to always keep your finger pointed straight, and never on the trigger. Also from watching me in the past he wanted to check for a clear chamber before giving it back. lol

So what is it going to be? Flame on? Or is he too young to do that? I have let him shoot the pellet rifle with me out in the woods a few times too he's a crack shot lol.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:53:44 AM EST
Go for it!
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:54:32 AM EST
Remind your wife that he's your son too. Nothing the matter with what you did.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:54:58 AM EST
He isn't too young and your wife is a NAZI! EJECT!
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:55:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2009 6:56:25 AM EST by LoBrau]
Was it loaded? I assume not, in which case hell yes he should start learning what to do with it. My dad started teaching me when I was 5 or 6.

ETA: not to say he shouldn't learn to actually shoot it as well, but if it was indoors/unsafe, loaded could be construed as "irresponsible."
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:55:22 AM EST
I was shooting at the age of 4. Maybe you need to take the family shooting

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:55:53 AM EST
It is never too early to teach safety.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:56:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By LoBrau:
Was it loaded? I assume not, in which case hell yes he should start learning what to do with it. My dad started teaching me when I was 5 or 6.


NEVER! he even make a point for me to check the chamber lol
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:56:45 AM EST
Why wasn't she in the kitchen making you a sammich???
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:57:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:57:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By efpeter:
It is never too early to teach safety.


This.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:57:38 AM EST
I think you're wife's just jealous because the kid thinks you're cooler than she is.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:57:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By 2001WS6:
I was shooting at the age of 4. Maybe you need to take the family shooting



Well, if he wasn't totally gun shy I may do that. He is terrified of even a balloon popping, and ducks for cover at the thought of fireworks. So I don't take him with me.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:58:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:58:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:58:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Furyataurus:
Why wasn't she in the kitchen making you a sammich???


Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:58:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:58:53 AM EST
horseshit, my daughter has held all kinds of my EBRs and she is only six, she gets a kick out of me taking pictures of her holding them
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:59:04 AM EST
Your wife is a gun grabber wannabee.

Teaching your son safe gun handling at an early age is smart. You made sure he did it safely the very first time he ever touched it.

That is the foundation of his gun handling.

She simply objects to you introducing him to guns at all.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:59:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
I think you're wife's just jealous because the kid thinks you're cooler than she is.


lol oh, he is my little mini me, follows me everywhere, and I gladly take him. My 3 year old is a spitting image of me however.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:59:36 AM EST
I think my daughter was around 5 when I took this, and yeah, my (now ex-) wife didn't like it either.

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:00:06 AM EST
Nothing wrong with it as long as you are slamming gun safety into their brains.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:00:30 AM EST
how will he be able to ever shoot if he's never supposed to put his finger on the trigger?
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:00:34 AM EST
We took a pic of my nephew holding an AR when he was 3...he was sitting on my brother's race car too.

*gasp* He's probably ruined for life, LOL.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:00:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By efpeter:
It is never too early to teach safety.


If he is mature enough to understand the safety concepts it would be irresponsible to NOT teach him.

He is going to be subjected to much female interaction (wife, teachers, etc.) as he grows up. Don't let them emasculate him.

Set your wife straight, pronto.

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:00:57 AM EST
pfffffttttt


Tomorrow's Saturday. Take the little heathen to the range.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:01:00 AM EST
Take him shooting. A Savage Cub or a Cricket would work at that age.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:01:12 AM EST
My kids have been holding touching and checking guns since they were 3 yrs old or earlier under strict supervision. Guns hold no mysterious powers to them now and they will NOT touch one without my permission. I worry more about the kids who see them, but never get interact with them.

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:01:27 AM EST
GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, go talk some sense into that wife of yours.

Gently.............
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:01:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By surveyor3:
He isn't too young and your wife is a NAZI! EJECT!


+eleventybillion!
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:02:44 AM EST
flag@whitehouse.gov
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:03:25 AM EST
This may seem crazy, but my wife and I talk about this kind of stuff before we undermine or snipe at one another.

Weird huh?
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:04:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
Your wife is a gun grabber wannabee.

Teaching your son safe gun handling at an early age is smart. You made sure he did it safely the very first time he ever touched it.

That is the foundation of his gun handling.

She simply objects to you introducing him to guns at all.


well, she grew up around guns. She says it was irresponsible I guess maybe like he would think its ok to touch it if I'm not around.However they are locked in a safe bolted to the floor of the closet,a nd I strap my keys around my nuts at all times.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:05:56 AM EST
Hell I got my own rolling block Stevens .22 when I was 5.....
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:06:07 AM EST
Tell you wife that by taking the mystery away from the guns and teaching proper gun handling you're making sure that your son doesn't blow him or one of his friends away.

Also, you need to make a list of all of your wife's friends and forbid her to speak with them. At lease one of them is an anti and has been putting ideas in your wife's head. Find the local chapter of the Second Amendment Sisters and tell your wife that these will be her new friends.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:06:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By ar15bubba:
My kids have been holding touching and checking guns since they were 3 yrs old or earlier under strict supervision. Guns hold no mysterious powers to them now and they will NOT touch one without my permission. I worry more about the kids who see them, but never get interact with them.



+1

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:07:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Glockgirl26:
We took a pic of my nephew holding an AR when he was 3...he was sitting on my brother's race car too.

*gasp* He's probably ruined for life, LOL.



Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:08:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By efpeter:
It is never too early to teach safety.


Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:08:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By callgood:
Originally Posted By efpeter:
It is never too early to teach safety.


If he is mature enough to understand the safety concepts it would be irresponsible to NOT teach him.

He is going to be subjected to much female interaction (wife, teachers, etc.) as he grows up. Don't let them emasculate him.

Set your wife straight, pronto.



roger that, pump as much testosterone when ever possible? lol
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:08:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2009 7:08:53 AM EST by RED_5]
the sooner you take the "mystery" out of firearms and start teaching safety, the better for everyone!

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:09:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2009 7:09:32 AM EST by tominjax]
I don't have little one's of my own, but when my 9 year old nephew comes to stay we have a great time. My Brother has never been into guns, so he lets me take Dylan to the range and teach him gun safety. I bought him a 10/22 last Christmas and he has become very good at shooting it. I'm getting him one of those AR looking conversions for Christmas and putting a Aimpoint clone and some sort of light on it. He'll be the happiest little shooter out there. Teach them right and start them young!



That's his war face
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:09:54 AM EST
My kids were holding guns around that age, I always said that it took the mystery out of a child finding a gun and handling it without me being there. It worked for my kids. For the rest of his childhood make him tell you the rules of safe gun handling before getting the guns out. Never too young in my opinion.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:09:58 AM EST
Firearms are not toys to be played with by 5 year olds. Your wife was right ,but don't let her talk down to you again
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:10:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By Beachjumper12:
GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, go talk some sense into that wife of yours.

Gently.............


lol how can I break one from being gun shy. or loud sound shy for that matter? Face your fears? lol
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:10:39 AM EST
Wow, that's kind of scary. An infant playing with a loaded weapon while you swill cheap whiskey is one thing, but from the available information I think your wife has some issues - like maybe a strong and irrational fear of inanimate objects.

It's never to early to teach safety, and if they're old enough to support the weight, they're old enough to start shooting.

Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:11:04 AM EST
What a load of shit. My girlfriend has a seven year old, he's put several hundred rounds through my AR and even begged enough one day to shoot my BAR. He understands gun safety better than most full grown men I know and I'm proud to take him shooting any time he wants to go. I'm thinking about buying him a Cricket for Christmas.

Your wife is being irrational and stupid.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:11:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By flyingbrick:
Remind your wife that he's your son too. Nothing the matter with what you did.


this.

but also reinforce they are not toys and not for him to play with while your away (hopefully locked up)
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:11:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By MACD:
flag@whitehouse.gov


what is this?
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:11:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By snakeyes711:
Originally Posted By 2001WS6:
I was shooting at the age of 4. Maybe you need to take the family shooting



Well, if he wasn't totally gun shy I may do that. He is terrified of even a balloon popping, and ducks for cover at the thought of fireworks. So I don't take him with me.


The best way to break gun shyness is with a cap gun and a fun activity. I break dogs by shooting one while they're eating. Do something fun and shoot it like it's not a big deal. "Hey here's some candy and I like Baby Jaguar, wahoo!, we're having fun and laughing!" and shoot it off a few times.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:13:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By Furyataurus:
Why wasn't she in the kitchen making you a sammich???


Yeah,WTF?
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 7:15:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By motown_steve:
Tell you wife that by taking the mystery away from the guns and teaching proper gun handling you're making sure that your son doesn't blow him or one of his friends away.

Also, you need to make a list of all of your wife's friends and forbid her to speak with them. At lease one of them is an anti and has been putting ideas in your wife's head. Find the local chapter of the Second Amendment Sisters and tell your wife that these will be her new friends.



she's a hippie! lol cloth dipper, breast feeding, tree hugging good ol girls! lol

As far as the proper handling, when I was 18 my cousin shot his sibling in the neck with a shotgun it was bad the family fell out. My aunt blamed my dad for some unknown reason. It was a bad time. He did two years on man slaughter charges for the accident.
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