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Old April 8th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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Anyone know minimum age requirements out at Island lake?
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Old April 8th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Age requirements for shooting clays?


I really need to use my VA loan to set up a GL4x4 shooting camp. The fact that this question needs to be asked is total bull shit.
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Age requirements for shooting clays?


I really need to use my VA loan to set up a GL4x4 shooting camp. The fact that this question needs to be asked is total bull shit.
It's a serious question. I am not a hardcore firearms, hunting, cpl, concealed carry, firemarm laws, know all the rules, etc.

Their website doesn't show a minimum age requirement, and its too late to call right now.


I am getting married in the fall and considering this as an option for my bachelor party, had a blast the last time I went. But I want to include my son, who's 7 in my bachelor party for at least part of the day.
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As long as there are responsible adults monitoring his actions there shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you drill him over and over again in safety and range etiquette.
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to my knowledge there is no minimum. we've taken 10 and 12 yr olds.
can the kid safely handle wield a shotgun?

i spent alot of time with my son before i ever took him to a public range...
if you go, make sure they have a 20 gauge or other sub-gauge ....single shot .410 is is just fine...unless they are really at home with the gun and have practiced a bit they really don't need to shoot doubles(2 shells in the gun and 2 clays in the air at the same time) until they have gone out a few times

just my .02, island lakes and bald mountain are nice courses but pretty busy. you could take them to a smaller less crowded range (multi-lakes) or genessee county ....or gb where we are members...perhaps a little more kid friendly
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As long as there are responsible adults monitoring his actions there shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you drill him over and over again in safety and range etiquette.
He's well versed in firearm safety. He's allowed to shoot the pellet gun anytime he wants (he has to be supervised of course) and owns a bow that he target shoots with frequently. I am not worried about him being safe, I just didn't know if he would be allowed out on the range to shoot a round of clays with me.
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to my knowledge there is no minimum. we've taken 10 and 12 yr olds.
can the kid safely handle wield a shotgun?

i spent alot of time with my son before i ever took him to a public range...
if you go, make sure they have a 20 gauge or other sub-gauge ....single shot .410 is is just fine...unless they are really at home with the gun and have practiced a bit they really don't need to shoot doubles(2 shells in the gun and 2 clays in the air at the same time) until they have gone out a few times

just my .02, island lakes and bald mountain are nice courses but pretty busy. you could take them to a smaller less crowded range (multi-lakes) or genessee county ....or gb where we are members...perhaps a little more kid friendly
He wouldn't be able to handle a 12 guage, but a smaller gun would be fine. I agree on him shooting more than one shot at a time, really I just want to let him unload a few shots and be able to hang with the guys. A less busy range would be a definite plus.
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I have been out there and saw what I think were 8-10 year old kids shooting with who I assume was their father and grandfather. You can call out there to verify, but I'm fairly sure that as long as they can safely handle the firearm, and a parent/guardian is with them, it's allowed.
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I have been out there and saw what I think were 8-10 year old kids shooting with who I assume was their father and grandfather. You can call out there to verify, but I'm fairly sure that as long as they can safely handle the firearm, and a parent/guardian is with them, it's allowed.
I will call tomorrow. But that makes it a legitemate option.

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As long as there are responsible adults monitoring his actions there shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you drill him over and over again in safety and range etiquette.
i remember going to the range to sight in my muzzleloader (i'd always throw a few rounds through it before season) and taking my son with his "kentucky" rifle that we'd gotten in TN ....he was about 5. i walked down range to set up a target and when i'd turned around to go back saw he had his toy gun pointed in my general direction. i yelled at him to "point it down!" , he shit his pants, and the guys in the next lane thought a i was a dickhead for hollerin at him about his toy gun. he never ever pointed a gun other than in a safe direction

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He wouldn't be able to handle a 12 guage, but a smaller gun would be fine. I agree on him shooting more than one shot at a time, really I just want to let him unload a few shots and be able to hang with the guys. A less busy range would be a definite plus.
a typical round is 50 clays and most of the stations will be 4 shots....take 1 box (25) of .410 (they are 2x the price of 12 gauge...go figure ) and let him shoot 1/2 what the adults are shooting....most kids will be sore (some lose interest) after the first 25 birds anyway

congrats.....have fun.... be safe....
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a typical round is 50 clays and most of the stations will be 4 shots....take 1 box (25) of .410 (they are 2x the price of 12 gauge...go figure ) and let him shoot 1/2 what the adults are shooting....most kids will be sore (some lose interest) after the first 25 birds anyway

congrats.....have fun.... be safe....
yeah, that's kinda where I was at with it...not sure he would have the attention span for a whole round, he only makes it through about 10 arrows before he puts his bow back away
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I would actually pull my Barrett off the market as a new rifle just to let him shoot it a few times.
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You should be fine that place might have diffrent rules but my exs little brother came with me and a couple friends to a range to shoot clays b4 and he was 6-7 he didn't shoot tho he just came with us.
The two things they were big on we're the ovious ear and eye protection
But ones that fit him like glasses that fit his face right and ear protection that fit his ears
Other then that they had no problem with it.

Just my .02 cents

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yeah, that's kinda where I was at with it...not sure he would have the attention span for a whole round, he only makes it through about 10 arrows before he puts his bow back away
you'll have to pay for the whole round even if he shoots half. if there's another jr perhaps they split a round...we do that with some of the kids that can't shoot a full round.
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you'll have to pay for the whole round even if he shoots half. if there's another jr perhaps they split a round...we do that with some of the kids that can't shoot a full round.
What's the cost for a round? When I shoot clays it's a backyard deal, never shot them at a real course.
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yeah, that's kinda where I was at with it...not sure he would have the attention span for a whole round, he only makes it through about 10 arrows before he puts his bow back away
Hell i have a hard time making a full round at island lake
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you'll have to pay for the whole round even if he shoots half. if there's another jr perhaps they split a round...we do that with some of the kids that can't shoot a full round.
At Multilakes you could probably throw enough birds for him to have some fun and not be charged for a round. One of the guys I shoot with there is always throwing extra clays and there doesn't seem to be any extra charge for them. The times I have shot there it has not been very busy.
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If you can find a semi-auto .410, his shoulder will appreciate it. My dad had me shooting a youth single shot 20 gauge for a while, little did he know that it kicked harder than his semi auto 12 gauge which he confirmed by trading me guns shooting trap one day. That was the last day I shot that 20 gauge I started shooting full rounds in the men's league around 11 yrs old. My dad started me on station 7 on the skeet field just shooting the lower tower when I was about 10. That was a good place for me to learn the mechanics and kept my attention because I could actually hit something
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I just took my 7 year old there last week. I rented him their new Remington 1187 semi auto youth 20 ga. We had a great time.
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He wouldn't be able to handle a 12 guage, but a smaller gun would be fine. I agree on him shooting more than one shot at a time, really I just want to let him unload a few shots and be able to hang with the guys. A less busy range would be a definite plus.
When he gets tired, just have him shoot at some of the unbroken clays on the ground.
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