I've shot one gun (a handgun) one time. That was plenty for me.
I hope to never shoot one again.
Maybe it was over
powered, for someone who was just learning.
I imagine that u disliked the recoil
In my opinion, its best to start with a little .22 caliber firearm.
I have a .22 caliber revolver with a 9 shot cylinder.
It has almost no discernable recoil, and little sound.
Mo has never shot a gun. I have considered taking him for training
simply because I think he would enjoy it and that he'd be good at it.
I like him to pursue things he's interested in.
Yes; people tend to ENJOY
doing things that thay do well.
In my opinion, rather than have him yearning for the "forbidden fruit"
its better to have him safely
trained under competent supervision.
I think kids are safer when they know and understand things as opposed to just forbidden things.
Thomas Jefferson believed that gunnery practice builds character.
There survives a letter from Jefferson to his 12 year old nephew
wherein he advises him always to take his gun with him
whenever he goes out for a walk. Jefferson recommended gunnery
practice over ballgames, which he deemed too dangerous.
I know kids who hunt who are competent with guns and they seem to
be more understanding of what guns can actually do.
As Francis Bacon put it: "knowledge is power."
Mr. B used to hunt but doesn't any more. We have a gun that we take camping but otherwise it is locked in a safe.
My brother is an expert marksman but he is by no means gun crazy. He doesn't like guns and doesn't allow them in his house.
I'm not opposed to guns but I don't really like them. I think they can be extremely dangerous in inexperienced hands.
Can we compare it to going swimming,
when one does not yet know how to do it correctly ?
Kids don't really understand long term ramifications of actions and I don't want to put Mo in the position of being responsible for something deadly.
Mo seems to be well versed in guns. When he talks to people who know about guns they are always surprised at how much he understands about them. He reads a lot about guns and how they work and how they're put together.
Therein are the Keys to the Kingdom
It is ez to become well-versed in gun knowledge by carefully reading
gun magazines (the paper
kind, not the metal kind into which u stuff the ammunition).
Incidentally, in reference to the education-based threads:
if u have discovered that Mo LIKES to read
then it seems to me that u have a good educational opportunity
to have him practice his reading; I have in mind gun-based magazines
with a lot of attractive pictures in color and explanatory text;
stories about their use, and safety-minded, defensive strategy.
I 'd Google those magazines.
I subscribe to some of them, e.g. Guns and Ammo
If you give me some basic questions to ask him I'll type in his answers
because I'd like to know if what he knows is correct. That might be an interesting experiment.
Well, the whole thing is extremely simple
, because that is how guns are
I fear that he might think that I 'm impugning his intelligence,
because the questions are so simple and I don 't want him
to think that I 'm impolite.
Off hand, the only questions that I can think of at the moment
are whether he knows the difference between a revolver
and a semi-automatic pistol, whether he knows the differences
between single action revolvers and double action revolvers?
Does he know that caliber is measured in 1/100ths of an inch,
i.e., that a .22 caliber bore in a gunbarrel is 22% of an inch in diameter?
a .38 caliber bullet is 38% of an inch in diameter?
a .50 caliber gunbarrel is half an inch across in diameter?
Does he know that a gun 's firing pin (in its hammer)
is supposed to hit the back of the brass shell of a cartridge,
the silver colored primer of the shell,
causing a little explosion that causes a BIGGER
by detonating the gun powder, which shoves out the bullet
thru the barrel, moving toward the target ?
Does he know what OVERPENETRATION
Does he know what an an automatic weapon is?
(It means that the ammunition will be discharged automatically,
until the gun runs out of ammuntion, as long as u hold back the trigger,
as in a machinegun or a fully automatic rifle)
Does he know what a submachinegun is?
(It is the same as a fully automatic rifle, but it fires PISTOL ammunition
so it has less recoil because of less gunpowder in the brass shell.)
Does he know what an a semi
-automatic weapon is?
(It means that a gun fires one shot at a time, with each pull of the trigger.)
I 'm not at all sure that I expressed those questions artfully enuf
to be sufficiently comprehensible
(If not, lemme know and I 'll try to express them better.)
In reading these questions, I fear that I might have made
made very, very simple ideas appear to be more complex than thay really are.
If that 's a problem, lemme know and I'll try to refine the ideas
with a better vu toward simplicity.