Youth, Firearms Safety & Project Childsafe
My beautiful daughter developed an interest in firearms and hunting at an early age, which was exciting given my passion for the outdoors and the shooting sports. As a firearms instructor myself, I wanted to provide her with the proper introduction to firearms.
A very valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about safety and education surrounding firearms is the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Project ChildSafe (projectchildsafe.org). The program is designed to promote firearms safety and education and offers many resources for parents, gun owners, law enforcement and educators. It also provides a free firearm safety kit for educators and law enforcement agencies. Since 1999, more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies have partnered with the program to distribute more than 37 million firearms safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. No doubt that the program has raised awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of storing firearms safely and securely when they are not in use. This will of course help to prevent accidents, theft and misuse.
Teaching kids gun safety and how to shoot is a great way to spend time with the family and reduce the fear and curiosity when it comes to firearms. Educating your child on the basic information to be a safe firearm handler can lead to preventable accidents. Continually take the time to contribute to your child’s safety and always have fun.
Another terrific resource is A Parent’s Guide to Recreational Shooting for Youngsters, also created by the NSSF. It provides great tips for safe shooting and firearm handling.
One of the most common firearms used time and time again when introducing people (youth especially) is the 22 caliber rimfire rifle. With essentially no recoil and very little noise, this is one of the best firearms to use when working with new shooters.
For decades, Browning has helped promote the shooting sports and hunting to millions of people around the world. They offer some of the most ideal products including their Buck Mark pistol or rifle.
Browning’s BPR Performance rimfire ammunition is also a solid choice when it comes to spending quality time on the range. This flat-shooting bullet cycles consistently and is an all-around accurate round. It also comes in a 400-round bulk pack so you don’t need to worry about running out of ammo if you’re having just too much fun. Add some safety glasses and hearing protection and get to the range!