Target Practice: An Investment in the Future
Many professions require fluent, highly accurate familiarity with a handgun and/or rifle. In many cases, these are professions and/or careers a teenager may be interested in pursuing after high school.
Jumping Targets understands that gun safety is of the utmost importance when teaching how to shoot a weapon. Additionally, they offer a number of high-quality steel targets, specifically designed to withstand years of repeated practice and abuse. Whether a child is interested in learning to shoot a .22, a handgun or a rifle, Jumping Targets offers target practice for each of these variables, including high powered targets.
The following careers require fluent and familiar use with a firearm:
- Military – The military not only teaches soldiers how to properly fire, aim and use a weapon, but also imagine the advantage a young adult has before attending boot camp if he/she is already familiar with a gun’s kick and recoil, including the ability to properly aim at targets. Often times, soldiers are judged and/or rated based on their abilities, whether they are simply becoming an officer, are an enlisted soldier out of boot camp or aspire to pursue Special Forces divisions within the military.
- Police – All police personnel are required to be 100-percent accurate in their shooting abilities. Those that aspire to protect and serve the public, often seek work in police and/or sheriff’s offices. If a young adult enters these rigorous training programs with gun safety knowledge and an advanced degree of shooting ability, he/she will be well on his/her way to a long-term police career.
- Fire – While fire personnel do not act in the capacity of police officers, they do receive regimented training in fire academies. Additionally, familiarity with shooting a weapon is advisable, especially considering that fire personnel arrive on scene aside police officers.
- Park Warden – While not all wardens carry firearms, many do carry tranquilizer weapons. With any type of shooting device, it is important that someone be able to take aim and shoot with accuracy.
- Fish and Wildlife – In remote areas, especially those with dangerous wild animals, it is especially important that officers carry a handgun and/or rifle. Not only are these professionals permitted to put an injured animal out of his/her misery, but they may also face vital self-defense situations if they are put in harm’s way.
- Veterinarians – Whether a young adult aspires to be a veterinarian in private practice or work with exotic animals at a zoo, chances are he/she will be forced to put an animal down and/or use a tranquilizer weapon at some point in his/her career. While putting an animal down with a weapon does not seem to be an outwardly friendly approach, there are many large animals that require they be humanely put down immediately – calling on the dependency of a high caliber weapon.
I say kids should be aowelld to go out as soon as they decide they want to go, but that time needs to be spent teaching them to respect the traditions of hunting and the proper way to conduct your self in the woods. Before any child can take a firearm into the woods they should spend plenty of time learning the proper use, care, and respect for it. Along that line they should also be a good shot.I also believe first hunts should be short, not all day sits. I took my youngest daughter (age 7) out just last month for some small game hunting. We had a great time and she learned how to identify different animal tracks and how to move silently. I was very happy to see some game that we decided not to shoot because it was too small, and in that she got to start learning discretion. I would have loved to have taken her out at a younger age but a lot of the land I hunt is state hunting area and mommy has safety issues with that.All this being said kids should be aowelld to start as soon as they are ready, we have to start teaching them some time and better sooner then later. With all the violence in our world with kids and guns perhaps teaching all kids to respect firearms and how much damage they can truly do at a very young age might just be the best thing we can do.