Originally Posted by DOrth
...I totally agree with him that it is impossible to "child proof" your guns. Proper training and education is the key.
+1 x 1000
Nothing is childPROOF.
The ONLY real safety in the one between your ears.
Training and respect for firearms is the only way to keep our children safe.
We started our children shooting at 4-6 depending on their maturity level.
A year without a safety violation of the 4 rules meant my children could ask for their own rifle for Christmas. It was a right of passage for my kids, and they took great pride in the accomplishment of attaining their first rifle. It was still locked in the safe with the others when not in use, but it was theirs and when they left to begin their adult lives that rifle went with them.
They all still have that first rifle, always well cleaned and maintained and safely stored. It's almost like a trophy from Dad, a sign of Dad's respect and admiration. They're still meticulous about firearms handling, and though we do quite a lot of shooting, have never had a ND in the family, although we've seen others who've had NDs and have used those to discuss what was done wrong.
Proper education and training, with children, can mean a lifetime of safe and enjoyable shooting sport. Parenting is an awesome responsibility, it's up to us to ensure the safety of our families and the continuation of the sport and the spirit of gun ownership.