Spent a bit of today helping Reno find the right present for his daughter.
I'm not exactly sure how old the colleen is, but I'm thinking about 8 or so. I think. Less than ten. I think. I'm sure Reno will chime in and correct me if necessary.
Anyhoo, a while ago Reno bought her a Daisy BB gun so she could have a gun to bring to the range, too.
The little sprite has become pretty darned good with it.
It's a lever-action jobber, with a horrid BB-gun trigger-pull and this lovely great fibre-optic sight sitting on top of the muzzle. Little Miss has gotten quite good at daubing that orange ball on her target, and then putting a BB-sized hole through it.
I kid thee not, even with a trigger pull that feels a lot like dragging an anchor chain through a box of rocks, she can clean 12-gauge shotgun hulls off of the pistol berm.
So, being the proper Papa that he is, Reno has decided to gift her with a Crickett .22 rifle this year.
These little wonders are absolute jewels. They're single shot, bolt-action rifles with about an 11-inch length-of-pull, and they are dedicated Kids Rifles.
You work the bolt, insert a cartridge into the chamber and close the bolt. Once that is done, you still have to manually draw back the striker before the rifle will fire.
It also has a integral key lock.
Those who know me, know that I absolutely loathe, despise and hate key locks on firearms ...
... except in this case. In the case of a child's rifle, I find that I don't have an objection to the key lock.
Of course, since Little Miss is a girly-girl, nothing will do but to get her the Model 225.
Why, you ask?
Because it's the one with the laminated pink stock. Duh.
I don't know about anyone else, but I find that to be completely and utterly cool -- It's a dedicated Girl's First Rifle.
About bloody time!
Apparently, I'm not the only one to think this, because we couldn't find a Crickett Model 225 at any of the gun stores we called.
Not only that, but each store we talked to informed us that their suppliers were out of the laminated pink ones until after Christmas.
That news gives me the warm fuzzies.
That news tells me that a whole bunch of little girls are getting a rifle for a present.
Mark my words -- the future of shooting in America -- the future of guns in America -- rests on the distaff side of the species.
The future of the Second Amendment in the United States lives or dies based on women. If women come to love the shooting sports as much as men do -- then gun control will fail in the United States.
If women never come to appreciate firearms as men do, then no matter what we do -- the Second Amendment is doomed.
The fact that suppliers are completely out of pink Dedicated Little Girls Rifles tells me that a whole bunch of little girls are going to be shooting in 2007.
That is nothing but good news for us gunnies.