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  1. Michael W Perkins

    Jumped in with my son & started him off with a Remington .22 (it actually cost LESS than the BB Gun I was looking at) The America I grew up in is at a crossroads. We need to take this Mother Back! Thanks For all the music & words of wisdom Ted, You are a true American Patriot!

  2. Evyl Robot Michael

    Yeah, the first gun my son got was a 10/22 as a birthday present from his parents. More recently, he received a M&P15 Sport. He’s hoping to get a deer with the latter this fall. Wish us luck!

  3. jeff stewart

    I remember taking that little Daisy BB repeater and hunting all sorts of dangerous beasts in our back yard. my mom would often find me roasting some sot of bird or critter over a fire in our back yard. I was taught you dont kill it unless your gonna eat it or its doing harm in some way. So being as the robins and red birds were not a threat to anything other than the bird seeds in the feeder I figured I had best eat them…I remember having to figure out the trajectory because every one of them I ever had al had an arch and a curve to the BB flight path…What wonderful vivid memories i have of that little Daisy BB gun…Thanks Ted for reminding meand bringing a smile to my face..

  4. Mike

    Have to jump in here. Great article and oh so true. I started with a BB gun. I started my son, now 11, with a Crossman 760 when he was 4. Everything started with gun safety–where the barrel points and doesn’t point, safety on, find your target, safety off, shoot, safety on. Everything else about gun safety, gun respect and respect for wildlife was taught with this BB gun. Even the lesson of what happens when you make a mistake and violate even a minor safety rule: losing BB gun privileges for two weeks. Man you would have thought it was the end of the world! But even at age 11 my son has gun-safety awareness that rivals any adult I know. He will not touch even his own gun without permission, will not take a gun handed to him without verifying that the safety is on and checking to see whether it is loaded, etc. He’s since acquired more guns–more than I had when I was 25 I am almost embarrassed to say–and he’s saved his own money to buy a couple of them himself. He’s been hunting since he was 6, and started bow-hunting when he was 10. I made him practice until he could shoot 4-inch groups at 20 yards, which did not take long. And once again showing me up, he killed a spike on his first ever trip to the woods with a bow at 23 yards. Lucky kid to have someone teach him about the joys of gun ownership and safety, hunting and most importantly–respect and love for our environment!

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