Saturday, the weather was pretty scummy and there was no reason to go to the airport as I usally do. I decided to introduce my boy to the Daisy BB gun my dad bought for me when I was about his age. He'll be 10 next month.
I pulled it out, dusted it off and we went out to the garage to load it with some BB's that I've been saving for about 35 years for this moment. We talked about gun safety and how important it was to take weapons seriously. Then, I showed him how to load and cock it. I then explained how to hold and aim the rifle. We went out in the back yard and set up a couple of pop cans on a saw horse and I let him cock it and take aim. He didn't know it was going to be so hard to cock.
I guess it's tough for a nine year old that only gets thumb exercise playing video games.
He missed with the first shot but he could hear the BB as it ricocheted(sp) off the fence. Big smile on his face now.
He then pulled hard to cock it again and took careful aim this time. POW, the can flew off the saw horse with a clang.
What a look on his face now. It was like a mixture of excitement and amazement tinged with a feeling of power.
The next 5 or so shots were all hits. We kept it up for about 15 minutes until the BB's ran out. That was really fun. I'm just guessing, but I think I had as much if not more fun than him.
Next week, maybe the BB pistol.