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Old January 11th, 2019, 06:35 AM #1
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19 yr old and handgun at range

I have been asked to take an 19 yr old boy and his mother to the range for first time handgun shooting. Perhaps it is just the times I am at the handgun range, but I am not sure I have ever seen teenagers or younger shooting handguns.
Is it allowed, or do they need to be 21?
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Old January 11th, 2019, 06:39 AM #2
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IANAL, but I see kids at the range all of the time. As long as they are supervised by an adult there is no problem. You are not selling anyone a firearm, they are either using your tools or renting from the range. Just teach them safety first and there should be no problem.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 06:47 AM #3
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I've been taking my son to the range with all types of firearms since he was 10.
I teach and suprrvise.
Probably violating 100 MD laws, but I'm OK with what we do and know it's safe.
If law enforcement winds up spying on ranges for this type of violation (if they think one) it's past time to get the hell out of here.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 06:55 AM #4
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The relatively few teens and 20-something women I see at HB have all been accompanied by 30+ year old men who were coaching the shooters. The arrangement seemed to work very well. You may be their best way to get started.
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My kids have been going to the range since they were 10. If the 19 year old seems to be a good, responsible kid I wouldn't hesitate. It's a great opportunity to bring new shooters into the sport
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Old January 11th, 2019, 07:16 AM #6
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I've taken both my boys to the range since they were 7. Pistol range at 10. One at a time on the line and supervised very closely. No issues and no comments from range officers.
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No issues taking them. I would have a basic gun safety discussion and review of the rules before you go and again when you get there


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It’s legal and it’s a VERY good thing to do. Be sure to have high quality eyes and ears for both to maximize their comfort level. Make it all about safety safety safety and then have some fun.

Most likely both guests will need to answer on paper all of the usual “are you prohibited” kind of questions. Bring lots of ammo, and stick with non-human-form targets until/unless it’s clear they “get it.” I’ve found that the splatter-style feedback targets really help noobs get a sense of what’s going on.
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My son has shot my 22 pistol off sand bags since he was 7. I started him with one round in the magazine at a time. Now he's 9, and I have to remind him to take his time. Otherwise, a brick of ammo will be gone as quickly as the mags can be reloaded. I'm thinking we'll be able to go off the bag in a year or two. Right now, it's all about safety, confidence, and fun.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 08:12 AM #10
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Been there, done that with a 15 yr old teenager.

You will see kids/teenagers any givem day at TMGN in Fredneck.
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