Kids in 3Gun

At the 2015 FNH USA 3Gun Championship I got the pleasure of meeting and watching the Realuyo brothers, Nicholas and Alexander shoot stage 3. The photo above was taken by Becky Yackley. You can see the two brothers and their father Al Realuyo. If I recall correctly I believe Nicholas said he is 12 years old. He is rocking an AR15, 20ga semi auto shotgun and a 2011 racegun. I find it humorous when adults come into a gun store looking to buy their pre-teen child their first gun and they choose a cricket or Savage Rascal single shot rimfire. Of course not every child is mature enough to operate semi automatic centerfire firearms safely let alone be responsible enough to compete with them. It comes down to proper parenting and Al Realuyo is doing a great job.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Plumbiphilious

    I wish my parents were into gunfuns. But no, I’m apparently the first one in the family to like guns.

  • Daniel

    Please don’t equate “proper parenting” with teaching kids about guns and how to use them. My kids profeciancy with firearms comes in at about the 15th most important attribute I hope to install in them. I had fairly crappie parenting growing up and somehow managed to be responsible enough to own and use firearms.

  • Darkpr0

    I hate to look like I’m on the anti-agenda, but I don’t know if giving a child a semi-automatic centrefire firearm out of the starting gate, even one well-educated and responsible, is the best course of action where practice makes perfect and accidents can be deadly. If my child takes to a single-shot 22 like a champ, you bet I’ll get them a Ruger 10/22, a Mini 14, or, hell, a PTR-91 if they can handle it. But if I hand them an AR and find out they are not capable of wielding it, there’s some serious risk involved.

    • anon

      How is an AR any more scary than a mini14 or PTR?

      • Darkpr0

        It has nothing to do with how scary it is, and everything to do with controllability. The point is to step the child up through stuff they can definitely handle to more difficult things as their ability warrants. An AR is less controllable than a 22. It is about as controllable as a Mini 14. It is more controllable than a PTR-91. I could have put any of the 5.56 rifles in that sentence and it would have made no difference to what the point of that post actually was.

        • Gabe

          Children are often quite capable of properly clearing a malfunction. I’m sure safety instruction has been taught to these kids which is all that is needed to compete. As long as they are following the rules and not putting themselves or anyone else in danger at the range it’s perfectly OK.

          Remember, range officers are there for a reason and they will not let a unsafe condition persist. If a gun malfunctions and the kid cannot clear it for whatever reason, the range officer will stop the course and make safe. This may be safest environment for a child to fire weapons of this nature due to the simple fact they have a range officer to make sure all is well.

          • Darkpr0

            Re-clarified the above comment. It’s cool that the kids are competing in 3-gun, I was just responding to the admonishment of people who choose a single-shot 22 for their children to learn on.

          • Nicholas Chen

            You missed the point I was making. And that is due to how I worded my post.

            People who pick out a single shot rim fire for their kid is not the problem. The problem I have is what took them so long?

            Yes not all kids mature at the same rate as others. There are a lot of variables involved.

          • Darkpr0

            I think this article and the threads it has spawned are cursed such that nobody can word what they’re thinking in a way that is clear. It’s certainly got a grip on me, rereading what I wrote. Spooky.

    • Cymond

      Strongly agree. First-timers should always start with something easy and work their way up, regardless of age or activity.

      re Chipmunk rifles: I wish my parents had started me with one of those. My childhood experiences were all with adult-sized rifles that I couldn’t hold properly.

  • Peeholestinger

    This is completely unacceptable. I am so sick and tired of going to a 3-Gun match and watching some 12 year old CHILD run through a course 20 seconds faster than I can on my best day. Same goes for old guys with large beer bellies…

  • Not_a_Federal_Agent

    “I find it humorous when adults come into a gun store looking to buy their pre-teen child their first gun and they choose a cricket or Savage Rascal single shot rimfire.”

    Because these kids both came out of the womb with an AR lower in hand along with a lower parts kit to boot right? It wouldn’t cross your mind perhaps with both children their first gun was not in fact a Cricket, or a Savage Rascal?

    • Nicholas Chen

      It’s not the gun of choice that I have issue with, but the age. Better late than never of course. But compared to kids like these or other kids of a young age demonstrating responsibility and proficiency with firearms is a great benchmark. These aren’t prodigy kids. Try are just kids who were taught properly and paid attention. Why can’t all kids be taught like that?

  • DannyBoyJr

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that all Filipinos are taught to use the Colt 1911 in .45 ACP as their first gun by their sixth birthday. Sissies like myself have downgraded to 9mm.