Gun range offering birthday parties for kids

WFAA report on a new Dallas shooting range that plan on hosting parties for kids …

Eagle Gun Range will host birthday parties for kids.

“One of the reasons we’re doing this is, when I had my boys, I didn’t have a place to take them and educate them about how to handle a gun safely,” Prince explained. “I really want families to be able to take their kids here and teach their young shooters how to shoot safely.”

Two rooms will be available for birthday parties.

“The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table,” Prince said. “They’re not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there’s not enough parents we’ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely.”

It is nice to see a positive article in the mainstream media on kids and shooting.

Personally if I was the range owner, from my own experience, I would not let an adult without any gun experience supervise a child who has no experience.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • MJ


    • MJ

      Oops. I meant to agree with the comment about not letting adults without gun experience being a supervisor.

  • MJ

    I’m all for educated parents teaching their kids to shoot outdoors, but I don’t think that eight year old kids shooting indoors is such a good idea. The higher sound levels, even with ear protection, and the increased level of chemicals in the air cannot be good for their health.

    • Komrad

      Not to mention the potential to develop a nasty flinch.
      I remember the first time I shot indoors was at a tiny indoor range at the local cop shop for a hunter’s safety course.
      The blast and noise came as quite a shock to me then as I had only ever shot outdoors before. In just a short time, I had already developed a flinch.
      It probably didn’t help that I was shooting a snubnose .357 or that I’d never shot centerfire handgun at the time, but it still sucked.

    • jdun1911

      You know in our gun club we teach kids how to shoot as young as 4. It not really a big deal.

      • MJ

        Indoors or outdoors?

  • Rangefinder

    I am not as concerned about the children. They are more likely to be obediant to authority and respect potential danger. I am more concerned about the adults who are often foolish, because they think they know better ( i.e. disobedient and disrespectful). No wonder children are so confused by the actions of so called adults.

    • jdun1911

      Adults aren’t foolish. What the staff should be worry about is over protective parents that wants the best birthday party for their kids.

      Chuck e Cheese and places that cater to children have more fist fight than the local bar. Ten times as much from one of my cop friends pointed out.

      • Rangefinder

        I stand corrected. Your argument is sound and you have the experience to confirm it. I was considering a different angle (training vs. protection), but as a parent myself, I must agree. The proper measure of this instinct protects our children, but it can also shield them from personal accountability necessary for maturity.

      • jdun1911

        I google Chuck e Cheese fist fights just for fun. Lots of videos and news reports on the subject. Good stuff.

        Most if not all gun clubs that teaches young kids how to shoot, they starts them off with .22lr rifle or pistol. That how I got into shooting at a very young ag. It is my favorite caliber and I own large number of firearms that chamber it.

        As long as the parents behave there shouldn’t be any problems.

  • Doug

    Be real….. For boys of any age….pulling the trigger – safely- is truly a great day! They are beyond the age where a bullet migrates to the teething mouth… It’s great responsible fun and they learn TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. Very important – more so these days.

    Who knows….an “adult” might get out shot by a kid?..?!! Haha!

  • Lance

    Forget kids I bet most bloggers here like a Bday like this.

  • Paul

    I work in childcare, and while most kids are quite capable of understanding risk and safety measures one-on-one, when you have several children, particularly at a charged, exciting event like a party, the potential for horrible screw ups multiplies fast. I wish these guys all the best with these plans, they’ll need it!

  • bob

    I belong to a family oriented gun club and we have kids shooting at the range with their parents all the time. I see nothing wrong with holding birthday parties or letting kids shoot at a range as long as their under knowledgeable parental supervision, and the kids are aware of firearms safety. The more people we get involved in the shooting sports the better, especially at younger ages before any anti-gun media hysteria can get to them and cloud their views on guns.

  • Dean

    Regarding potential mishaps, I see little difference between this and the thousands of boy scouts that have attended camp. A week of .22, shotgun, archery, ropes course, etc. were some of the best times of my childhood….all accident free.

    • MJ

      I’ll bet that all or almost all or that occurred outdoors, not in an enclosed room with very high decibel levels and restricted air flow.

  • Anonymous synonomous

    I’m all for children learning to shoot, but that sounds like a fairly boring idea. I remember going with my Dad to shoot when I turned 10(?) and it was more of a private learning experience, not a party with a bunch of friends who will probably not understand it or think the idea is boring and act belligerent.
    Just my two cents.

    • Jim

      Being 12, I must disagree with your comment. I think that birthday’s at shooting ranges would be a great idea, shooting is my favorite hobby and is much more fun than video games. Every kid my age I have introduced to the shooting sports has left with a smile. Things like this will stress the safe handling of firearms to my generation, something that is very important whether you are defending your life or shooting steel at the range.

      • MJ

        Being much older than 12, I agree with everything you said. I do have a few questions, though. Have you ever shot indoors? If so, do you think this be better outdoors than indoors?

        My concern is not behavior but health. Shooting indoors is more damaging to a person’s health (higher noise levels, fouler air) than shooting outdoors. The long-range impact on a younger person like you and you friends is much greater than an old guy like me.

        It seems that everyone has been ignoring the health issues with indoor ranges.

      • John Doe

        I’m with you there, kid.

        Being a liberal, I have some die-heart liberal friends. Every single one of them that I’ve taken to a gun range leaves with a smile and a new perspective. It’s fun.

  • John Doe

    If I ever have kids, they’ll have their birthdays here every single year.

    Any good gun blogger would require it before their kids start dating.

  • I think it is a great idea to teach kids how to handle guns and take the mystery out of it. I always loved shooting with my Dad when I was a kid.

  • MJ

    Ignore behavior, responsibility, character building, etc., just for a moment. Am I the only one who thinks that shooting firearms INDOORS is detrimental to the physical health of young kids?

    • whoa there

      “The equipment will include a sophisticated purging filtered ventilation system for cleaner air for the shooter while effectively surpassing all NIOSH, NRA, and OSHA air quality standards.”

      And i’ll add one more thing: this is Texas, where it’s so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk most summer days. I’m willing to wager the heat outdoors is more dangerous than anything, especially in the summer.

  • Jim T

    @MJ I have never been to a indoor range, mostly because i like to shoot longer range than indoor ranges offer and natural lighting is beneficial to sighting in my experience, but I believe indoor ranges are not a big deal to health when they have the advanced systems available today for lead levels and such… it would be a big problem if they did not have any filtration systems but they are made to be safe

  • Jon H

    @MJ At my indoor range here in WV hearing protection and safety glasses are REQUIRED. I take my wife and 3 boys to the range when I can and we ENJOY it. I shoot outdoors also. I see no detrimental effects of indoor shooting any worse than being in a garage environment or on a hot parking lot.