Monday, April 30, 2012

Scooter has her own Eyes and Ears now

After fortifying ourselves with a suitably surgary and greasy breakfast at the local pancake house,
Belle and I took the 6 year old granddaughter to the range yesterday to shoot the .22 LR saddle gun.
Notice the stylish pink over ear hearing protection.

The guys to our left and right were shooting some pretty big boomsticks and the noise bothered Scooter. So, she only shot 6 or 7 rounds. She missed most, but got two in the red at 25 yards.
Not bad for a 6 year old shooting at an actual target for the first time.

I did Scooter the courtesy of a pic before I obscured her shooty goodness.
To introduce Scooter to the concept of iron sights, I drew a picture, primary school size, of the front sight on piece of paper, and the rear sight on another. I cut the notch out of the rear site picture and overlaid the two images while I described to her how to line up on the target.  Maybe it helped. I don't really know. It turned out to be a really short range day.


  1. This damn near made me cry, and no, I'm not kidding.

    No kids of our own until we adopted the sixteen-year-old five years ago.

    Two of my all-time fondest memories of us are the times we spent in the airplane together flying around the countryside on one adventure or another, and the times we spent at shooting ranges.

    She'd never even handled a gun before our lives intertwined.

    I don't know if I'll ever be a grandfather. . .

    You're lucky and you're blessed. Beautiful child.


    P.S. Y'all e-mail me at and I'll send you a free copy of the book. Just let me know what format you prefer it in (epub, Mobi, PDF)

  2. Awesome.

    I'm sorry to hear that the trip was cut short due to other shooters around you. And her not being used to the loud things. I think kids loose the sensitivity to loud noises as they get older. Maybe it's as we start to damage our hearing growing up that the noises that kids stop having that painful reaction to loud things.

  3. Aw. For once I give a thumbs up to pink gear.


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