Hi there. I’m Kitty, the blogger who writes most of the posts here on this site. Normally I write on behalf of Gadsden Guns as a whole, but today, I feel compelled to speak for myself from the perspective of a young person. Normally, age doesn’t matter one bit when it comes to discussing ideas, but my generation is getting a bad reputation, so I thought I might join in on the conversation on behalf of all the twenty-somethings who aren’t idiots…and there are a lot of us who aren’t idiots, but the way.
Just ask any avid shooter, and they’ll be able to fondly recount the first time they fired a gun, even if it was more than a few years ago. In many families, that first trip to the shooting range is a rite of passage. We’ve helped friends, neighbors, and customers in our neighborhood choose the perfect starter rifle for their children, and one of the questions we hear over and over again is this:
How old should my child be before I start teaching her/him to shoot?
Do you actually get to the range as often as you would like? If you’re like most people, your schedule simply doesn’t allow for daily, or even weekly, trips to your favorite shooting rang to hone your skills. Family obligations, work, and all those grownup responsibilities just keep getting in the way, right? And besides that, with the rising cost of ammunition, most sportsmen are finding that they have to cut back a little. Even reloading expenses can add up…there are other advantages to reloading your own rounds, but that’s another blog post.
On top of that, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, or you’re exhausted from a long day at work and don’t feel like packing up your supplies and then cleaning your guns afterwards, or you have to stay home to supervise the kids, or maybe you don’t have a place to shoot locally. Even though we all know that a responsible gun owner practices with his/her firearms on a regular basis, sometimes it just feels like the world is conspiring against us to keep us from getting onto the firing line.