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Response to Hestia (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 04:48 PM

8. What do you disagree with?

I think air rifles are great. I still have the one my dad gave me as a kid, and I have instructed both my daughters with its use (they have not fired any other gun). I gave my brother my single shot .22 and single shot 20 gauge that my dad gave me when I was a kid because he lives on an acreage and can more easily use it with his boys.

My dad would have beat me silly if I ever pointed any gun at another person - no matter what the circumstances. I have taught my daughters the same thing. One logical step up in rural environment is a single shot pellet gun (6), multi-shot BB gun (8), .22 single shot (10), 20 gauge single shot (12), .22 semi auto or bolt action (14), 12 gauge single or double barrel (can't think of a conceivable reason why you should have a semi-auto shotgun) (16), and bolt action deer rifle (16-18). That was my dad's plan until we moved away from the farm. My dad never got past the .22 semi auto which was his gun that he allowed me to fire. I would be responsible for cleaning and storing the guns after use. I was probably around 12 when I used the BB gun and air rifle unsupervised in the backyard in our home in Orange County - we got a neighbor that complained and that stopped even though we were very responsible with its use (we had 6 foot high brick walls surrounding us on three sides).

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