As a Cub Scout, he's participated in several scout-sanctioned shooting activities and even earned his belt loop and pin. However, with an Army dad, there's no reason why target shooting wouldn't be a great father-son activity. Since the safest way to learn is with a BB Gun, we took Ben to Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland to shop. We purchased him a Daisy 75th Anniversary Red Ryder BB Gun, along with Daisy ammunition and protective goggles, because #ItsaDaisy. Why not go with a true classic?
Once home, my husband sat down with Ben to teach him the basics of gun safety. Even so, we have Ben's new Daisy Red Ryder stored away with the BBs separate, since that is best practice with any weapon. The first rule at our house is only using the Daisy when Daddy is with you! They also worked on other important ideas like wearing your eye pro, only shooting targets, keeping your safety on and finger off the trigger until shooting, and more. (In case you were wondering, my husband is wearing his Army-issued prescription strength eye pro, hence the dark sunglasses.)
Since Ben had learned to shoot a little bit in scouts, he was ready to take on our makeshift range. Daddy showed him again how to load and set up the BB gun and he was off. There's no happier kid than when he heard the ping of the BB off the metal target and by the end of their day, his aim was definitely improving. He's all set to go out with Daddy as soon as they can again!
As Ben learned at scout day camp, Daisy educates roughly one million of America’s youth a year through their Ten Lesson Shooting Curriculum on safe gun use (found here) and has been doing so since 1948. Daisy educates through its partnership with leading conservation and youth training organizations as well as church and private camps.
But even after all this? There's nothing better than watching my husband and son doing this together and making memories. Ben is his Daddy's mini-me to begin with and it's awesome to see him try to emulate him.
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