Passing it on

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    TheGoose
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    Where to start. These days I am a cranky old man grappling with gradually moving into retirement. My wife and I do not have any children and despite a plethora of nieces and nephews nothing has ever clicked. Recently a friend of my wife's approached me and asked if I could help her with her son. Her son is 14 years old and adopted from Guatemala. She is gay and separated from her partner. It seems the young man has been struggling a bit and she feels that a male influence would be beneficial. I guess he has issues in school and my guess is that he gets bullied a bit. At any rate he has a fascination with guns and this concerns her. Needless to say she is hardly a 2A supporter. However, she is smart enough to realize that a responsible exposure would be better then forbidden fruit .So she approached me and asked if I would be willing to spend some time with him and teach him how to safely and responsibly handle guns. I was not sure, but said I would give it a try. So initially they came to the house and I did a one hour safety class with her present. I said that we do not even touch a gun until all the rules are established. Then she left and he and I went to my shop and I began to show him a few things. I have a lot if antique firearms and i was amazed at his knowledge. Despite not doing very well in school he is a history buff and reads a lot. He knew and recognised almost everything I showed him. Sharps, Spencer, Winchester's, and a dozen more. I was blown away. Later when his mother came back I told her that her son was very smart and I was impressed. I think this might be the first time that anyone had told her that. We agreed that he could come back and we .would do some air gun shooting in my basement. When he returned we went down to my basement range and the first air gun I showed him was a Schofield replica CO2 pellet gun. He just lit up and said "OMG, a Schofield" and proceeded to give me a history lesson .I set up a target at about 20 feet and we proceeded to do some plinking. I was impressed with his calm demeanor and focus. He also shot a Crosman 1077 rifle with a Bugbuster scope. We had a great afternoon. He saved his targets to show his mother. Today he returned for another session. Turns out it is his birthday and part of his present was to spend the afternoon shooting with me . This time I pulled out my PCP's and we did some serious shooting. Condor SS  25, Hatsan Bull Boss .25, Hatsan Flash .22 and Taipan Veteran .25 at 10 yards. All of his groups were touching and with the Taipan he put 5 pellets in one hole. What a fun afternoon. Later when mom came back she gave me permission to take him to the range when the weather gets warmer. I can't wait to see what the little bugger can do at 50 and 100 yards. I apologize for the long winded story, hopefully you guys enjoyed it as much as me .

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    bdzjlz
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    This is the kind of selfless investment of time that will (A) save a kid and make them a better human being and (B) save our sport.

     

     Thanks for your investment in the young man and your sharing your experiences.

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    2D1C
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    Good on you Goose!!

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    MScottLeeman
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    bdzjlz

    This is the kind of selfless investment of time that will (A) save a kid and make them a better human being and (B) save our sport.

     

     Thanks for your investment in the young man and your sharing your experiences.

    I couldn't have said it better myself!

    You might be "cranky",but I have the Utmost Respect for You!

    Way to Go!

    Mike.

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    willy
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    Dam ya kinda put a tear in my eye bro.I was one of those kids.Had to sneakem out from under the bed.

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    stoti
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    Cool story. Kids never cease to amaze me, cranky old men either. He'll probably always look forward to shooting with his new friend! Good for you.

    Stoti

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    tscktran
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    Hat off to you and thank you for sharing the story. 

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    BoostCreep0908
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    glad you can make a difference in a impressionable youths life, it can make all the difference!  if hes into the c&r relics or vintage stuff and knows the history even better! if his mom is strapped for cash and hes too young to work pt or odd jobs in your area, we may be able to "forum fund" or find a member to donate a ag to call his own, even if it's just a legacy1000/agx/880/quest/fury/f4. which may light a fire in him which he will always carry.

    if all else fails I have a tuned quest1000x I'd let go for $50 including shipping to help out.

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    RM100GUY
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    Not long winded at all!  Let us know how he does at the range! Very nice of you, great story thanks for sharing!

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    TheGoose
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    BoostCreep0908

    glad you can make a difference in a impressionable youths life, it can make all the difference!  if hes into the c&r relics or vintage stuff and knows the history even better! if his mom is strapped for cash and hes too young to work pt or odd jobs in your area, we may be able to "forum fund" or find a member to donate a ag to call his own, even if it's just a legacy1000/agx/880/quest/fury/f4. which may light a fire in him which he will always carry.

    if all else fails I have a tuned quest1000x I'd let go for $50 including shipping to help out.

    Thank you for the kind and generous offer. He is too young right now and his mom is not comfortable with him having one. Don't worry, when the time comes he will be taken care of 

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    intenseaty22
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    Awesome story, thanks for sharing. It’s funny how even though it looks long, I read through it in no time at all. Shoot, for as much as I like this sport, I don’t know a quarter of the history behind these guns, and I’m almost (49y/o) a grownup. 

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    Michael
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    Good on ya Goose

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    Kgphotos
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    Great story. Sounds like that boy will really benefit from someone like you in his life. 

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Good for you Brother .If you need any gear and I can possibly help I would be Happy To . I don't really think of myself as like liberal or conservative but one of my Favorite cousins and Very best friends are gay . You love who you love . Helping others is what it's all about . I am a sucker for helping others ….Had to pass up a nice scope cam because I wanted to give thee train money I had run into to my local animal shelter .Folks that help others always have a place in my heart and thoughts . All the best Man .JWR

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    Revoman
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    Great story and good you for helping when asked.  I would be willing to bet that this kid will be lights out at the range as well….good teacher.

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    BoostCreep0908
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    TheGoose

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    glad you can make a difference in a impressionable youths life, it can make all the difference!  if hes into the c&r relics or vintage stuff and knows the history even better! if his mom is strapped for cash and hes too young to work pt or odd jobs in your area, we may be able to "forum fund" or find a member to donate a ag to call his own, even if it's just a legacy1000/agx/880/quest/fury/f4. which may light a fire in him which he will always carry.

    if all else fails I have a tuned quest1000x I'd let go for $50 including shipping to help out.

    Thank you for the kind and generous offer. He is too young right now and his mom is not comfortable with him having one. Don't worry, when the time comes he will be taken care of 

    glad to hear that. because if just getting to participate and learn has his interest sparked. then just getting to have one to call "his own" and tinker/mod to make it "his own" will really have a deeply resonating experience and memory for him.

    I'm 34 and to this day I remember around the age of 8-10. my first pw50 dirt bike, crosman multipump pistol and having my grandfather teach me to shoot his relic of a 10/22 lol.

    it's something you NEVER forget. to this day I tear s*^t up on dirtbikes/atcs, shoot/maintain/love my ag's and have a profound sense of what a life giving and or life saving tools my pb's are.

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    Papy_Yosh
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    TheGoose,

    That is something so magical that you just did. Like me and my son last week, it will be some life long memories. I am one of them who school never interested me but knew more about science than my science teachers. That kid seems to have a good demeanor and a founded base. That his awesome for you too to have found that connection with him.

    I hope you guys will have a lot more shooting sessions in your shop and at the range.

    Enjoy

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    GBGUNNER
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    You keep all that up and we will have an upstanding citizen I won't be afraid to meet in a dark alley.  He will become self confident and move through life. 

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    Metalmaniac
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    AWESOME!  Sharing and giving is it’s own reward. MM

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    shambozzie
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    Reach one teach one.  Very good job sir.

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