Monday, November 17, 2014

Why I Bought My Son a BB Gun For Christmas

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Dad! Dad! I got a bullseye! A bullseye! he exclaimed rushing up to me with the target with the biggest smile on his face.  "I can't believe it. This is only like, my third time trying! I'm good at this!"

He had just shot his first BB gun and after the first two waves of failure, had started to put the sighting of the target together with my help.  A wave of emotions came over me as I remember my own grandfather taking me into the woods next to his house and showing me how to shoot pop cans on a log.I can still remember the first time I knocked one off the log. I looked at him a long time just watching him while he shot and witnessed his determination turn into success. It was then that I decided that it was time to pass on the tradition. I was going to get a cool Christmas present for my son, a BB gun.

We were spending a long weekend at a summer boy scout camp, his first time camping overnight in a real camp where the tents were filled with spiders the size of small birds sleeping on a cot on top of a wooden palette bolstered by cement blocks. It was a canvas tent supported by poles but it had vents on all sides meaning it wasn't sealed and the creepy crawlies came a calling at night while you slept.

I'm not the camping type but I was doing it for him, for the experience we were learning together as father and son. Out in the woods "roughing it". Just two guys and their sleeping bags and three giant spiders feasting on the endless supply of bugs flying in through the gaps in our tent flaps. What I found was, I was enjoying this experience with him despite the smell that was emanating from his dirty clothes bag and we bonded over activities that I forgot about from my own childhood, namely shooting the BB gun.

My son isn't particularly blessed when it comes to sports. He unfortunately inherited almost all of my gangly awkwardness. What he does excel in is based on rules and procedures. He might be a scientist one day as he needs a verbal list of operations for the day to function. I knew that he could follow directions and be responsible with my guidance. I knew that he was ready for a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.

My family is not usually into guns though I had a Daisy BB gun of my own as a kid and I always treated it with the highest respect. Learning gun safety is incredibly important and there have to be ground rules about owning a BB gun. In fact, Daisy educates roughly one million of America's youth a year through their Ten Lesson Shooting Curriculum about BB gun use and safety. Daisy's educational curriculum has been around since 1948.

If you're looking for cool Christmas gifts or gifts for boys or girls this holiday season, consider a Daisy BB gun. I found mine at a Walmart in the Sporting Goods section near me though it took some time to track down the model I wanted.

The Red Ryder, the most basic model of the Daisy air gun line and the one I had as a kid. The Red Ryder is the perfect choice for Ages 10+, with a single lever action cocking style it makes it easy to load the gun without it being too difficult to pump. Other series like the 880, which are multi-pump action are better suited for older kids ages 16 and up because it takes some strength to effectively operate it.

Before we even took at look at the gun, I sat my son down and had a talk about gun safety. I quizzed him on the use of the gun and we came up with these rules:

  1. The safety should be on between each shot. You only release the safety when you are ready to shoot. 
  2. The gun pointed is always pointed downrange and away from people
  3. Be aware of your line of sight and ensure anyone watching you is safely behind you. 


In addition to that, I laid the ground rules down. No use of the gun without me, his friends are not allowed to see it without me present, no friends are to ever handle the gun, and that only targets were acceptable to shoot. As added precaution, I keep the ammo in a locked box away from the gun and purchased a trigger lock that has a key that I keep as an extra measure.

We also had an honest discussion about peer pressure. I gave him scenarios where his friends might get him to take the gun out and show them. I was proud of the way he responded and how mature he was about what were the right and wrong ways to talk with friends about the gun. He was told not to be boastful or talk about it at school. This is something we are keeping within our family and it is only something he can do with me and that bragging about it would only lead to bad things.



After that, we headed to the backyard and set up a range. I bought a target trap to prevent errant BBs and picked an area in our yard away from any houses or where a ricocheting BB could do any damage. Equipped with our safety glasses, we put our rules into effect and shot together for the first time away from camp. It was awesome and I was so proud of him.


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31 comments:

  1. It's nice to able to pass down a tradition. It sounds like you have a firm handle on the rules.

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  2. My 10 year old would love this!

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  3. I don't have a story but I would give one to my son.

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  4. The only BB gun story I have is when my brother was younger he got his first BB gun and accidently shot out a neighbors car window, my dad didn't let him touch the BB gun for a few days, he eventually got a lot better. I would love to give this to my nephew this holiday season.

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  5. I’ll gift a Daisy to my nephew this season.

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  6. I have never used a BB gun. I would give this to my 11 year old son.

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  7. I would give it to my son. I don't have a story as I never had BB gun

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  8. I have no BB gun story other than my brother and I used to enjoy target shooting with one. I would give a Daisy to my son.

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  9. I never had one as a child, but I would gift one to my son.
    rafflecopter name: Alaine

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  10. I don't have a BB gun story yet, but I would love to make memories with my older son with one.

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  11. i dont have a story but i wanna get this for my friends son

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  12. No story, I have never had one. But I do have 3 boys who would love to do some target practice!

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  13. I used to have a BB gun shooting range in my grandparent's basement. At home we lived next to a corn field so we would nail little plastic guys to a board and practice with those.

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  14. Christmas Story and Ralph....nuff said! :)

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  15. I would love to gift this to my older son for the holidays!

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  16. When I was a kid my Dad and brother would take me camping and taught me how to shoot the BB gun. I would spend hours shredding pop cans and milk jugs!

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  17. What an awesome way to share in experiences with your son! We had a BB gun shooting weekend in between snow storms and it was so fun to see the excitement on my "science obsessed" boy's face! Daisy BB shooting may be the only sport he will ever be good at and it was fun to see so much excitement there. #Client

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  18. My dad bought me a BB gun when I around 10. That wasn't the first time I shot a gun of any sort. My dad was a police officer and taught my family about the importance of gun safety very early. I shot a Glock 45 before I was a teen.

    I would love to gift a Red Ryder to my oldest daughter who has used my pellet rifle before and is very safe with it.

    This post brought back a lot of fond memories of my own childhood.

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  19. I have never used a BB gun. I would give one to my Niece.

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  20. I do not have a story yet, but I would love to give this to my grandson.

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  21. My son would like this in a few years.

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  22. No story and I would gift to my daughter.

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  23. I remember my dad taking us to my grandmas house to shoot BB guns at cans, it was so much fun! I'd give one to my son for Christmas!!

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  24. I have a bolt action air soft gun, but it would be too big and heavy for my daughter to handle when the time comes. I think a Red Ryder would be better suited to teach her gun safety and for her to handle.

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  25. I don't have any stories yet but I would love to give this to my niece!!

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  26. I would give this to my son Andrew no stories yet
    thanks for the giveaway
    aunteegem at yahoo dot com

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  27. Heather Hayes PanjonNovember 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    No BB Gun Stories Yet, I'd Love To Gift This To My Nephew!

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  28. No stories on this end.. I'd love for my nephew to get this.

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  29. I have never had a BB gun but I would like to get one to share with my son.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  30. My BB gun story is from about 45 years ago when my family took a trip out of town at Thanksgiving to visit family friends. The couple we visited had an only son who did not like the neighbors next door and shot out their windows while we were there which the boy got into a lot of trouble with the law. Lesson learned was that my family made my brothers and myself take a hunter's safety course to learn how to handle any type of firearm. I would give this to my only grandson if I won.

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