Monday, January 5, 2015

Don't Shoot Your Eye Out!

xmas morning
Ever since Preston's visit to Peoria and Poppy's hunting camp, Pres has been infatuated with guns.  He has a whole arsenal of nerf guns, but he has been dying for a real gun.  Thankfully, Santa heard his wish and brought him a red rider bb gun.  He was over the moon when he saw it, and asked to shoot it every day over Christmas break.
Since Steve really wants to instill gun safety with him, he wanted to take him out to some land where he could shoot at targets and just have fun.  One of our friends, Ken Johnson, sells Benelli guns and has some property at his family lake house.  Since his son, Reid, is a good friend of Preston's and also has a bb gun, we took both of the boys out there to let them practice.  We threw a bunch of cans in the yard, and they aimed at them (they knew they hit one if they heard the ping).

Steve and Ken went over the rules (1. never point a gun at anyone, 2. wear safety goggles, 3. use the safety, 4. don't leave a gun cocked, etc.) and then showed them how to do it.  Reid has shot many times before, but Preston was just learning.  Over time, he did manage to hit some of the cans.  He loved hearing the "ping" and was pretty proud of himself when he connected.

They had a great time together, and I know Pres is eager to go hunting.  He really wants to learn more about guns, and maybe even shoot an animal sometime in the future.  Since we don't belong to a hunting camp, we will have to wait for an opportunity, but I am optimistic that Preston will like it whenever he gets to go.

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