wait until you’re in the grave to give the kids something of real
value. I’m not talking about imitating the biblical father who handed
over a large sum to his prodigal son. In some cases, this early
inheritance can cost less than $100 per child.
can a parent do this? Buy a child a gun – and take the time to teach
how to use it responsibly and safely. When the child turns 18 (rifles
and shotguns) or 21 (handguns), it becomes their personal property.
There are several reasons for parents to take a proactive role in
training kids in this vital skill.
and teens in all levels of the government school system are subjected
to a constant barrage of anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment propaganda.
If a child never experiences the responsibility and pleasure of
gun ownership and never gets to use these tools (that’s all a gun
is when you get right down to basics), their views will be shaped
by socialist indoctrinators.
a parent can spend as much as they want for a gun, literally hundreds
of reliable firearms can be obtained for modest prices. In some
cases – such as old bolt-action military rifles, .22 rifles, single-shot
shotguns and the occasional .22 or .38 Special revolver or East
Bloc surplus semi-auto pistols – the price tag can be $150 or less.
worry if limited funds are keeping you out of the AR-15 or customized
pistol market. The first rule of gun ownership is to have a gun.
You can always upgrade later. When it’s crunch time, a basic, reliable
weapon in hand beats the photo of the “gonna get it someday” high-priced
dream piece. To use an analogy, a real bowl of soup beats an imaginary
steak every time.
isn’t esoteric theory. Many freedom-minded parents who believe that
gun ownership in America isn’t a guaranteed forever thing are planning
ahead with their children in mind. Here’s how one preparedness-minded
man handled the challenge.
and his wife Anne have five children. This is a one-income family,
with Tim earning a very ordinary wage while Anne homeschools the
kids. The family’s modest gun collection consisted of a .32 ACP
pistol and two no-frills .22 rifles. Tim doesn’t hunt, so he never
had a desire for anything bigger. That was until he realized that
his children would need something they could call their own while
firearms can still be bought privately in most states.
he’s more of a casual gun owner than a much-maligned “gun nut,"
Tim understands that the Second Amendment has a fair number of enemies
in both the Democratic and Republican camps. Since his knowledge
of the market is limited, Tim enlisted a gun-savvy friend as an
advisor. They hit paydirt right away, buying a new in the box .410
NEF shotgun for $50 from one of Tim’s co-workers.
little single shot is at the low end of shotgun power range, but
its mild recoil and easy handling have made it a popular item around
the house. The next purchase – a like-new Mosin-Nagant 7.62 x 54R
bolt-action carbine for $90 – is somewhat more potent.
old Soviet rifle was in excellent condition. Made for service in
World War II, the Mosin sat in a warehouse for decades before being
exported to the U.S. in recent years. Mosins are known for ruggedness,
decent accuracy, and cheap surplus ammo – a perfect combination
for Tim’s low-budget arsenal. Tim’s oldest son Greg (age 19) enjoyed
shooting his uncle’s .270 deer rifle, so he got the Mosin and its
to expand his horizons, Tim shopped at a local gun show. He learned
a great deal about different models and current values, but found
little in his price range. His mentor spotted a nice 1960s vintage
High Standard .22 revolver for $100, which is below the going rate.
Tim and his friend checked out the gun, which comes with a nine-shot
cylinder. The seller said he would take $95, and Tim snapped up
another good deal.
months passed before Tim made his next purchase. A friend was going
to advertise his SKS rifle in the local shopper for $175. After
Tim expressed an interest in the semi-auto, his friend realized
he could save the cost of the ad and the hassles of answering phone
calls and haggling by offering Tim a good deal. The $165 price included
a gift of three boxes (60 rounds) of 7.62 x 39 ammo.
down, one to go before each child would have a start in practicing
the Second Amendment. Anne rushed home to let Tim know about the
guns she saw at a garage sale.
nice Marlin .22 rifle stood out among the junky offerings. The seller
wouldn’t budge on his $90 price for the popular Model 60 semi-auto,
but Tim gladly paid up. It isn’t just a guy thing, as Tim’s daughters
also enjoy target practice with the user-friendly .22 rimfire.
and the family now go to a local shooting range for occasional practice.
The .22s are the usual weapons of choice, as they have little recoil,
and the ammo is incredibly cheap. These range sessions are a great
time for the family, providing recreation, togetherness and training
at a low cost.
of the many members of the Colt .45 ACP and .44 Magnum Fan Clubs
might scoff at Tim’s unpretentious collection of firearms, but they’re
missing the point. There are millions of Tims – and potential gun
owners – who would like to get more involved with this sport/pastime,
but they just don’t have large amounts of cash to lay out for high-end
arms. That could change as incomes grow and time passes, but don’t
knock the novice who is sincerely eager to learn.
of it this way: Every new shooter and gun owner is one more convert
to the cause of freedom. Gun grabbers and professional control freaks
such as Dianne Feinstein, Richard Daley and the pond scum at the
United Nations absolutely despise the thought of a growing number
of American gun owners. That alone should be reason enough to encourage
more people like Tim to teach their children how to competently
shoot and safely handle a gun.
Doyle [send him mail]
has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine staff writer and freelancer
since 1983. He won’t allow his children to attend government schools.