I can’t remember how I came across this video, but I saved it so that I could reference it for this article.
The back story: A young girl is seen firing a handgun, with a man directing her in the background.
What we notice: The girl fires the first shot before the gun is level, flags her feet, she is not wearing ear protection, no eye protection, but she does know how to tap rack bang.
Take a look and then continue on with the article:
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We’re all for teaching children about firearms, firearm safety, and marksmanship. It has to be done the right way, though.
I can’t tell you how many times either a cartridge or debris has hit my eye protection while shooting. If that happens to this child, what then? Why sacrifice sight?
Ears are another thing. Having adequate ear protection while shooting is essential, especially for children.
What about the finger on the trigger? The whole time? Teach them right.
Starting with a smaller caliber, and rifle, is the way to go until they’re proficient with that firearm. Working up to handguns, and larger calibers, comes with time and practice. The video clearly shows us that this child isn’t yet prepared to use this firearm without breaking some of the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety.
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