Last night the Second Amendment Women Shooting Club hosted a safe gun handling and Introduction to Shooting event for children ages 8-15. What an amazing night! For all the instructors out there, we don’t have to tell you how incredible it is to watch new shooters take their first shots, and when its kids, its smiles all around.
To begin the night, our instructors presented the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety program, which informs children what to do should they encounter a firearm without an adult present. Everyone who participated received an Eddie Eagle Challenge Coin for being able to correctly identify the four rules – Stop, Don’t Touch, Leave the Area, Tell an Adult. This is an important lesson even though we would continue on to learn the rules of safe shooting before moving to the range so the kids could take their first shots. Our range portion took place under the careful supervision of parents and certified firearms instructors.
For most of the children in attendance, this would be the first time they would be inside a shooting range, however several had a chance to go target shooting or hunting with their parents before coming to the event. After going over gun and range safety, as well as introducing the kids to the firearms we would be using, we put on our eye and ear protection and headed into the range.
We had the range to ourselves which made for a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and all the firearms we used were .22 caliber. The choices included a Ruger 10/22 rifle, a KSA Crickett, a Ruger SR22, a Smith and Wesson Model 63 and for some extra fun, a Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22. Each participant had a chance to try each of the firearms available. After everyone had a chance to try everything once, the parents were welcome to enjoy some family target shooting with their children and their own firearms.
As you can see from the pictures, it really was smiles all around. Hugs and high fives; and targets were saved to be hung on bedroom walls at home. The environment was safe, friendly and fun. On the way out the kids were already asking when the next event would be!
This event would not have been possible without the continued support of the Woodland Park Range, providing the venue and as always, anything we needed. Parents and friends donated ammunition and snacks and of course our experienced, NRA instructors volunteered their time – we couldn’t have done it without you!