Anyone Can Shoot
My first gun was a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. I purchased it at the age of 32—six months after my first time ever pulling a trigger. I was shooting in a trap league three months after that.
My first instructors were passionate, nurturing advocates for firearms safety. They were also a heck of a lot of fun. They enjoyed the sport so much they wanted me to enjoy it too, and they definitely seemed all about finding ways to bring new people into the shooting sports.
I have heard many stories of people who were introduced to shooting by someone who did not offer proper instruction or the right encouragement, and that’s too bad. When introduced the right way, the shooting sports can be a great hobby. Young or old, big or small, short or tall, male or female, anyone can shoot. If you don’t think so, read the story of Trevor Baucom, one of Smith & Wesson’s pro shooters. Not only is Trevor a true inspiration, he clearly proves that it doesn’t matter what you shoot or how early or late you got started. So long as you remember the basic rules of firearms safety, you will be able to enjoy the shooting sports for the rest of your life. So share your passion with friends and family and remember, firearms safety begins with you!