Elderly Man Reflects on Centuries’ Old Family Tradition for Boys on Hunting and Gun Safety

by
posted on April 3, 2019
hunting-file.jpg

In centuries’ old rites-of-passage, an Arizona man reminisced about how his family gave boys both their first guns as well as lessons on gun safety.

“When my father was a boy in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he and his friends knew how to handle a gun by the time they were 11 or 12. They knew proper care for a gun, where to aim the muzzle and the tremendous responsibility that went with owning or using a gun.”

Living in rural Indiana, his father started small animal trap line on his family farm similar to other youngsters his age. He earned income by selling pelts that helped provide spending money as well as funds to start college at the University of Michigan in 1916.

 “In the late 1930s and early 1940s, I eyed Dad’s .22-caliber gun with great enthusiasm, knowing I was nearing that magic 12th year when Dad was given his first gun. A little past my 12th birthday, Dad gave me that gun. I’ve had it nearly 80 years now and have shot hundreds of rounds from it. It is my pride and joy, as it was my father’s.”

 He learned about gun safety from his family as well as taking NRA classes. He earned two certificates. When he became a parent, he also enrolled his sons in NRA classes to learn about gun safety.

 “Both our boys got their first .22-caliber rifles after they reached 12. Both have enjoyed safe hunting and fishing for many years. And both have taken great pride in ensuring their children have the same respect for rifles as the generations of family members before them.”

Latest

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Biden Keeps Pushing To Ban Semi-Automatics

Biden seems determined to try to ban not just so-called “assault weapons,” but also now seems to be going after all semi-automatic firearms, by implying anyone who owns them must be, in his mind, “sick.”

Hollywood Gets It Wrong, Again

Reality tells a different story than Hollywood on Armed Citizens.

The Politically Incorrect Truth About America's Rifle

For the truth on America's rifle, America's 1st Freedom spoke to the man who wrote the book on it.

A Look At Some Of What To Expect In 2023

This year, we will push to expand constitutional carry, right-to-carry laws and fight the gun control groups' continued attempts to use the financial sector to effectively get the restrictions they can't get through legislatures. And this is just the beginning of what we will do!

Gun-Control Groups Present a Demand List to Biden

A long list of gun-control groups recently signed a letter telling President Biden that his gun-control actions are not enough. In his upcoming State of the Union Address, they want him to agree to much more.

Gun Skills: Shooting from Retreat

Shooting at a stationary target doesn't represent a defensive situation; it's important to "get off the X." But even when we do, we often forget rearward motion as an option.

Interests



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.