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Re: OT ~ Remington .22 Pump Action, How much $
ok, let me explain the whole story a lil more, so y'alls not skeered of getting shot by this kid someday.
My dad promised my nephew when he was 5 years old that he would buy him a BB Gun when he turned eight. Well, marriage went bad, divorce happened, they moved, and my dad plain out forgot. The kid is now 12 and apparently has a good memory 'cuz he reminded my dad a few weeks ago about the whole deal.
Now my sister is somewhat savvy with guns since she grew up around them and went shooting with me and my dad all the time (great family activity I think, and a great way to educate at a young age). Anyway, she is now re-married to a good guy, but he is not too knowledgable when it comes to guns. Knowing this, my dad called the two of them the other day annd asked them if it would be alright to buy him a gun on one condition. They agreed it would be fine. The condition is that the three of them have to take and pass a certified Hunter's Safety training course. My dad even agreed to pay for the class. Now, I am not too familiar with the state of Washington's Hunter Safety Program, but the one I took in Idaho was great. It was more of a Gun Safety Class than a Hunter's Safety class. Probably 75%-80% of the class was about Gun Safety rather than hunting safety.
Now, the kid has been shooting guns with me and my day for as long as I can remember, before he was 5. He has been very closely supervised, and I think he is rather knowledgable with them. What I was referring to when I say "Beginner" did not mean that this was his first time shooting a gun, but rather it was his first time owning a gun.
Being that they live so far away, and not being able to be ther all the time, he wanted to make sure they would be safe. That's why he is making them take a safety course. I agree that it is our responsibility to teach the younger generations about these safeties.
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Turning a kid loose w/ a firearm - whether it is a .22 single shot or an Uzi - has just created a situation where a catastrophe is but a whisker away from occurring.
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I don't think this really applies to just "kids." I know way too many adults that are this way. I've left a "friend" in the mountains to find his way home before because he wouldn't follow a safe hunting practice in my vehicle. He insisted that it was OK to have a bullet in the chamber with the safety on while we were driving. I told him that it was my vehicle, and I wasn't going to allow it. Really now, how long does it take to chamber a bullet if you happen to see the "BIG ONE", while driving down the road? It ain't worth it to me. Besides, if I don't get him, it gives me a reason to go back!
As for the price, I told him the first time that I would just give it to him to give to my nephew, but he wouldn't have it that way. He said the only way he would take it is if he paid a fair price for it. I told him that he should find out a fair price, and I would too, then we would discuss it. If he tries to pay me even half what it's worth, I'll pass! Just can't do that to my family!