i was able to get my daughter together with the family Stevens "crack shot" today. its not a exceptional rifle nothing about it would make it stand out to you at a gun show. except for how good the wood looks and how blue the bluing still is chambered in 22 LR but we only use 22 shorts in it now. It's a generational gun. My grandfather shot with it. and "killed squirrels" with it, he told me when i was a boy. My dad learned to shoot with it when he was just a boy. when i asked him if he ever hunted with it he said " No ive never killed anything with that gun i did go out with it once but i didn't see any thing" I also learned to shoot walnut hulls on trips to the country around Athens Ohio where we had a place to shoot. and i like my father never killed anything with it. Dad wasn't a hunter but he taught me to respect firearms for what the were. deadly if used correctly, but also a way to create memorable times and to pass on the legacy of family
i had "the talk" with her before we started, the same one my dad had with me. you know the one about "the number one rule is every gun is loaded and treat it like it is and its no toy" and i am sure she understood how serious that rule is as i told her about a boy i went to grade school with that was accidentally shot and killed by his little brother.
i had her dry fire it a couple times to get a feel of the trigger and the gun in her hand, Then i slipped a round in the chamber and told her its all yours pull back the hammer and squeeze. She did the gun went crack and the target fell. First shot and it was a hit! that's 4 generations of Humphrey's She doesn't understand the generational aspect of what she did today but she will one day