Hunting is something you can share with your teenager for years. Once they're ready to go on trips with you, hunting can be both a bonding and learning experience. However, to ensure they're responsible for their rifle and grow into a mature hunter, following these steps is vital:
1-Get a Safe
If you haven't ever gotten a safe for your own rifle for whatever reason, it's important to invest in one once you purchase something for your teenager. Not only are you now building a collection of weapons that can be dangerous if found by unintended users, teaching your teen how to store their own pieces can protect them in the future. Teaching them good habits about rifle storage is a smart decision for both of you.
Consider safes that feature combination locks that are either digital or can frequently be changed. Whether you give your teen the password or not is your own parental decision, but be shown to change the password every now and then whatever you decide.
2-Coach Them in Prone Position
They may want to skip a lot of steps when they're just starting to aim and fire. That's when your guidance is critical. Trips to private shooting ranges will give you a controlled environment in which to counsel them about their technique before trying the real thing. One of the first things to encourage during their training is starting with prone position. That position is a good starting position because their targets, when out in the real world, will have a harder time seeing them if they're low on the ground. Also, because they can lock their elbows into place on the ground, they can control their shots better.
3. Use Steel Targets
Rather than using soda cans right away, your shooting range is likely to allow training with thin steel targets. This can be a more fun experience for your teenager; the satisfying "ping" noise when a bullet pierces steel is better than the silence of plain paper targets. Because they can easily hear when they've hit the target or not, they can correct their position and am without moving around too much and take better successive shots.
Your teenager may soon surpass you in skill. However, with the steps you've taken after reading this article, you can be proud of how well they shoot and how safely they handle their new rifle. Visit private ranges often so both of you can improve. Contact local private shooting range services for more information and assistance.