“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” As the film “A Christmas Story” (1983) so emphatically warned children and parents, the gift of a BB gun or air rifle comes with great responsibility. It is up to parents to properly convey safety messages to their kids: the new, proud, and sometimes reckless owners air rifles.
With some gun safety tips and greater understanding of gun handling, your child can grasp the value of air rifle ownership and the responsibility required to use one. Here are some suggestions for safety to explain to your child.
Air Rifle 101
Air rifles are non-lethal, low-velocity guns, but they can still cause some damage. An air rifle has on average about a 350 muzzle velocity and a 400 shot load, so it’s important to understand the functions and safety recommendations before handing one over to your teen.