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Old July 20th, 2015, 06:39 PM   #1
 
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I reckon I was about 8 and my brother 9 when Dad first started teaching us how to shoot.

He had his HK4 380 that converted to 22 and a Winchester 77 .22

Well before he would let us shoot, he went over the safety rules.

The first and foremost was "the gun is ALWAYS loaded, unless you personally have cleared it"

Second was never point it at what you dont want to shoot.

and of course others.

We were so excited.

The way it worked was, whoever wasn't shooting, loaded up the extra magazines and tubes.

Anyways, one time when we were at my grandfather's house , he lived out in the middle of nowhere and we could shoot in his backyard towards a woodpile he had set up and we set up the shooting table and my dad had handed my brother the rifle and pulled back the slide of the HK and checked the chamber and handed it to me.

Well I was all excited and I started to put in the magazine, and he caught me out. I did not clear it myself.

I got put on loading duty and no firing for that and the next 2 outings. Wasn't any Maglulas then and with .22lr bullets less than a penny a round, there were a LOT of rounds fired.

I learned my lesson though. I don't believe any new fangled loaded chamber indicators, and if someone has just cleared a gun right in front of me, I still do it.

Got my dad back though one time. We were wrapping it up. I cleared the HK, handed it to my dad, and he started putting it away. Granted it was a flash rain and was starting to lightning, but still! And like the honorable man he was, he was on loading duty next 2 times.

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Good story. And a good lesson I need to work on.
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Wow, that is a good dad and shooting instructor!
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My Dad burned those 2 rules into my head, as well. I stopped by the LGS yesterday and it is fun to watch customers. Alot of customers do not check the firearm before handling. There are still those, like myself, who will make sure the gun is unloaded, after watching the clerk do the same.
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Good story!

My LGS is safety obsessive and that's one of the things I like about them. Some don't and I don't want to be shooting around them. I have thanked them for throwing people out. You get one and only one warning.

I rented a little semi the other day and when I brought it back in the tool carrier thing they use I had it cleared and racked. She thanked me for that and said checked it herself. She told me she can't tell me how many times people get tired of shooting and bring them back loaded and ready to shoot.

I can tell nobody in your family would even be capable of doing that. Good job Dad!
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Love the story. Thanks for sharing!
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Great story - it is amazing how many see potential mishandling situations.

My lesson happened similarly - my brother's pistol was supposedly cleared by him and magazine dropped - it was a Jennings .22 and had a live dark steel cased round in it - when I cleared it, the extractor failed to grab the round - it was only because I had good lighting that I could see there was a round still chambered!

Because of that, I am VERY cautious every time I'm handling a semi-auto - maybe that why I like wheel guns better!
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Good story. Good DAD.

My favorite LGS wont hand you anything that they dont first clear, and its ALWAYS handed to you with the action open. I figure its safety and common courtesy to hand it back the same way.

When I trained my son to shoot, along with all the safety precautions,, one thing I did , was he would lie on the ground and shoot prone position. I would hand him the rifle every shot. He was NOT allowed to turn around and see if I actually loaded the rifle or not. He would flip the safety off, and either BOOM or click. If it clicked, the rifle better NOT move. I always told him, empty rifles Dont kick, so it shouldnt move. Keep you eye open, look at the target , and squeeze. And you should see the bullet hitting the target. It was to prevent him from flinching. Once he got to see the water bottles blowing up and flying apart, he thought that was pretty cool, and made sure to keep his eyes open.
He turned out to be one helluva great shot.

I am also REALLY touchy on muzzle sweeping. And he got his butt chewed bad if he did that. To this day, he wont sweep someone with a muzzle even if the bolt or cylinder is out.

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Great story...kudos to your Dad for teaching you right from the onset.
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Thank You. Great teaching method I will use.
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That is definitely a funny story !!

Your father is a good man for teaching you the proper way to handle firearms and for upholding his word and teaching you what integrity means.
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Nothing like a good lesson,especially if you comprehen that lesson.
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Good story,
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