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Old September 16th, 2019, 12:37 PM   #46
 
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Every one of us grew up at a different pace. Some kids grow up to be football heroes. Others play in the band. Neither, comparatively, is better. Neither is bad. It just IS.

Don't PUSH or you may lose him. Take him to the woods when you are bush hogging or preparing food plots. Let him help load feeders. Take him hunting with you. Let him sleep on stand until you are about to shoot something and then wake him up.

Let him shoot if he asks - even if it is potentially your biggest to date - and perhaps he misses. NO BIG DEAL. Another will take its place some day. If he connects, think about THOSE memories.

Back him up. Hold him to keep him from falling. It is the "little things" we take for granted that add up in his world.

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At 55-years young (years ago), I sat at the public range, minding my own business. The a-hat that arrived late unloaded and shot a 300 Win Mag with muzzle brake at the station next to me. It removed paint from the sheet metal roofing. The pressure wave hit me in the side of the head one time. I immediately packed and left, target still down range. I didn't have to take that and had better things to do with my time.




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Old September 16th, 2019, 01:27 PM   #47
 
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Some excellent advice given here, and you prepared your son for the range trip and future shooting very well!

I have extensive experience with someone like that...ME! I have a genetic condition that makes me ultra sensitive to loud, sharp, and sudden noises. Fireworks, manufacturing facilities, Jet or large propeller planes, a shrill phone, and ...shooting! That's a terrible affliction for someone who loves guns, airplanes and shooting like I do! First question...you did provide your young man with adequate hearing protection, didn't you? My good lady wife gave me a set of good electronic ear muffs one Christmas. I put mine on as soon as I leave the range office...100 yards from the firing line! Even then, it may not be enough! This is not to suggest your son has a similar affliction, just how mine affects me!
One day, I was shooting my revolver, with the usual mixture of big-bore handguns being present. I finally had enough, so I switched to my .22 rifle, which I know has no blast or kick! Suddenly, I had developed one wild flinch! I decided to return another day.

I have thought about the young man's problem over the weekend, And several things come to mind. First, your young man is fighting two opposites. He wants to be with his dad, who likes things that apparently cause him extreme stress. (tears, shaking...something was very wrong, there)

Attitude: Were you upset that he didn't "enjoy" the trip as much as you thought he should, and did you show it? Actions...words. My dad loved fishing, but it was: "WE are here to fish! You WILL fish, and ENJOY it!"
Or maybe "BE a MAN!" Really, at 11?

After an hour, finally getting him to help you load your magazines sounds more like involuntary servitude than a fun experience for the kid. Maybe you need to talk the whole situation over with your wife. She may be able to give you some helpful information.

So, paraphrasing Ron Weasley; Maybe you need to rethink YOUR priorities. Been there, done that!

Good luck!
There has been some excellent advice given, that's for sure. Yes he had adequate hearing protection, good muffs with foam ear plugs. Not sure how to respond to your "were you upset he didn't etc etc" comment, i never once showed displeasure with him and i did not make any comment in my posting that alluded to that. Getting him to help load the mags was just a "come on bud come help me if you want" type comment to him. I also never said man up to him but something totally 180 degrees in the opposite direction by telling him "it's ok" ...

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There has been some excellent advice given, that's for sure. Yes he had adequate hearing protection, good muffs with foam ear plugs. Not sure how to respond to your "were you upset he didn't etc etc" comment, i never once showed displeasure with him and i did make any comment in my posting that alluded to that. Getting him to help load the mags was just a "come on bud come help me if you want" type comment to him. I also never said man up to him but something totally 180 degrees in the opposite direction by telling him "it's ok" ...
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Some excellent advice given here, and you prepared your son for the range trip and future shooting very well!

I have extensive experience with someone like that...ME! I have a genetic condition that makes me ultra sensitive to loud, sharp, and sudden noises. Fireworks, manufacturing facilities, Jet or large propeller planes, a shrill phone, and ...shooting! That's a terrible affliction for someone who loves guns, airplanes and shooting like I do! First question...you did provide your young man with adequate hearing protection, didn't you? My good lady wife gave me a set of good electronic ear muffs one Christmas. I put mine on as soon as I leave the range office...100 yards from the firing line! Even then, it may not be enough! This is not to suggest your son has a similar affliction, just how mine affects me!
One day, I was shooting my revolver, with the usual mixture of big-bore handguns being present. I finally had enough, so I switched to my .22 rifle, which I know has no blast or kick! Suddenly, I had developed one wild flinch! I decided to return another day.

I have thought about the young man's problem over the weekend, And several things come to mind. First, your young man is fighting two opposites. He wants to be with his dad, who likes things that apparently cause him extreme stress. (tears, shaking...something was very wrong, there)

Attitude: Were you upset that he didn't "enjoy" the trip as much as you thought he should, and did you show it? Actions...words. My dad loved fishing, but it was: "WE are here to fish! You WILL fish, and ENJOY it!"
Or maybe "BE a MAN!" Really, at 11?

After an hour, finally getting him to help you load your magazines sounds more like involuntary servitude than a fun experience for the kid. Maybe you need to talk the whole situation over with your wife. She may be able to give you some helpful information.

So, paraphrasing Ron Weasley; Maybe you need to rethink YOUR priorities. Been there, done that!

Good luck!
You sure made a bunch of assumptions here. And on what basis??
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You sure made a bunch of assumptions here. And on what basis??
I may have not expressed myself as well as I had hoped. I was trying to obtain information, not be accusatory or assuming, and perhaps I did cross a line. If so, apologies!

I have personally experienced some of the situations I inquired about, where an attitude adjustment was definitely necessary.
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