7 Steps To Include When Taking Kids To The Shooting Range


In the car on the way to the shooting range, have your kids recite the gun safety rules.

Step 2: Have Kids recite the 4 safety rules

If they can’t recite the rules, they’re not ready to shoot at the range.  We teach our kids 4 rules versus the NRA’s 3 rules.  What’s the difference?  The NRA rules are for hunters and competitive shooters that do not need to have their guns loaded before the big event.  However, in families with loaded self defense firearms in the home, there is a need for 4 rules.

  • All guns are always loaded. (Treat them so!)
  • Never point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target. (And you’ve made the decision to shoot.)
  • Be sure of your target, and what’s beyond your target.


Step 3: Discuss safe and unsafe pointing directions

Once you’ve arrived at the range, discuss with your kids the locations to point the gun safely as well as unsafe pointing.  The rules say to point down range. Unsafe places might include cars, people, siblings, parents, up toward the sky or down toward your toes.


What must be done next before any shooting can begin?  Check it out in Step 4 on the next page . . .

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