When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.When #2 Son was younger, we would go to the park or the playground. Now that he's going on 14, we can include more grown-up pursuits. He likes to go shooting with me, which gives us some great father-son time.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11
Today was the New England summer blogshoot, which means good company, enough guns to invade Canada, and Targets galore.
Click to embiggen. Yes, that's Pikachu. Lissa did some hand-crafting on the targets. We live in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, after all. But our super-secret off-site rendezvous was firmly in free territory:
#2 Son has been sharing his toys with the New England Gunbloggers for a while now, and now it was time to put away childish things, and try things a little more, well, loud. He liked the AK-47 and MP5, but somehow gravitated to the SKS. He'd try other guns - Ruger Mark II, M1 Garand, several different shotguns, and a few others, but he would go back to the SKS every time. I guess I'll have to look into getting one.
So it was all SKS, all the time - until it was time to pick up my favorite rifle (SMLE) and make the obligatory bayonet charge:
Not bad for his first time with a bayonet. What he lacked in technique, he more than made up for in enthusiasm. The carnage was brutal - Pikachu actually became stuck to the backstop:
Thanks to all the New England Gunbloggers for being so generous with their guns and ammo, but more importantly with their time, showing a youngster the way to have fun while safely shooting their guns. And thanks to JayG for organizing the outing, and to Doubletrouble for offering a venue where we could breathe the scent of cordite, blowing on free air.
Good fun, but I'm very thankful that I have a shooting buddy. It's fun to go with yourself, but nothing beats spending some outdoor time with your kid.
UPDATE 2 August 2009 09:54: Welcome visitors from Breda's place! Take a look around - we don't just hate Pokemons, we also hate Teletubbies.
UPDATE 4 August 2009 09:57: Welcome visitors from SayUncle! New gunnie Photoshop goodness here.