A Father and His 5 Year Old Son Wyatt: Firearm Training For The Future

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Vantac International has posted up some videos of a father and son doing some indoor training. Looks like rudimentary room clearing.

 

The video just shows the son using some sort of Nerf like toy gun.  The father has been teaching his son proper firearm handling as well since the son was two years old.

In this video they work on drawing from a holster and reloading basics.

 

In this video, Wyatt who is 5 years old, shows how to properly unload three different firearms. No live ammunition was used in this video.

 

Here Wyatt demonstrates proficiency with an airsoft pistol.

At 5 years of age my son Wyatt is training with his first Airsoft pistol. Only the gun is new. He has been taught the fundamentals of gun handling, marksmanship and safety for more than 2 years. His training started with toy guns, to airsoft training weapon systems and has graduated to his first actual pistol. I have owned firearms for 40 years and have carried them in my career and trained other personnel in the US and abroad for 30 years.

 

Here is a short video of Wyatt being instructed to use a handgun.



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.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Evan

    The real problem here is that he named his kid Wyatt.

    • Giolli Joker

      Hopefully he did it before knowing about Richard Wyatt…

    • Joe Goins

      The name’s Earp. Wyatt Earp.

      • Evan

        Yeah, I get that. Two problems though: first, a name that might not have sounded ridiculous in the 19th century does in the 21st. Second, the actual historical Wyatt Earp was kind of a scumbag, not exactly the immaculate white-hat character from Tombstone or any of the other movies.

        • There’s a ton of debate on that. Squeaky clean no but after Tombstone and especially in later life he mellowed out a lot and had a good rep.

          • Evan

            Yes, but certainly in early life he was no saint, and my understanding is that even in Tombstone, the Earps were just as bad as the Clantons and McLowreys, they just had better publicists.

        • Edeco

          Thats the impression I get; that they were thugs. I have no romantic notions for that sort of thing.

          • Evan

            Let’s not forget that Wyatt Earp was an early proponent of gun control as well.

          • Edeco

            No indeed, let us not.

          • In Dodge City and Tombstone yes no carrying in town limits. Not unusual in the boom towns with lots of crime, drunks and ill tempers. I wouldn’t compare his actions back then to today.

    • I bet he named him after Wyatt Earp!

      • Zebra Dun

        The boys name is John, Basilone, we all call him Manila.

        • Evan

          Yeah, but John Basilone was a giant badass, and plus, John isn’t a ridiculous name.

  • Sasquatch

    America needs more of this.

    • mig1nc

      Hell yes.

    • CourtLively

      That’s the way it used to be. Not to long ago Dad’s taught their sons marksmanship, weapon handling, hunting etc. Now most are too PC to let them even play with toy guns. Sad really.

      • koushiro

        i agree my father taught me and it paid off!

      • jay

        They also taught them Respect, Honor, and Love of Family and Nation, and G-d. Respect for the fairer sex, and how to treat those we care about. We are slipping down that slippery slope, my friend.

  • Bill

    I REALLY hope dad has some for-real training – the low guy on cover like in the top pic is easily muzzled up if the top guy isn’t on the ball, and the guy on top has to be certain that the low guy doesn’t rise up into his muzzle. It’s happened both ways, and the results were just all kinds of bad.

    It isn’t as easy and simple as it looks in the movies, and requires a little more than 5 year old judgement and comprehension. I’m hoping it’s some kind of joke.

    • I don’t think it’s a joke—-

      • ostiariusalpha

        But I doubt he’s going to have his son deploy a weapon alongside him in the event of an actual home invasion either. Its just practice that might pay off when the kid is much older.

        • True enough and much older for sure.

          • Zebra Dun

            I’ve worked with my Grandson from an early age up to the 1911A1 and .20 ga shotguns he is proficient at 15 and deer hunts.

        • forrest1985

          Isn’t there such a thing as “muscle memory”? Surely if its done enough the kid will know what to do when he’s older? Personally i hope the lad never has to but surely its better he’s prepared?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yep, that’s another way of expressing my point. That little Charlie Brown look-a-like isn’t training to be a CQB operator within the month, he’s just having fun & bonding with his father. Whatever skills he picks up will be helpful to him in the future if he sticks with it; even if he never has to defend himself in such a manner, the confidence and mindset that he gains is plenty beneficial in itself.

      • Bill

        After the uproar over letting a kid 2 years younger get too close to the gorilla exhibit, I’m not sure running a kid through cover drills and team exercises is that great a thang. It’s tough enough to get so-called adults to do it right.

        I started my kid at 7, and occasionally she’d visit the range during trainings, but we didn’t get into gunfighting until she was well into her teens. Knowing what we know about cognitive, emotional, neurological and physical development I don’t know how much value there is to stuff like this, versus playing in the back yard with the supersoakers.

    • Talos

      I hardly think that dad would expect our use his son to ACTUALLY clear their house or any other if it came to it. It’s fun and games with a useful bit of learning on top.

  • Joe Goins

    I’m just waiting for the kid’s school to see this and suspend him due to some sort of “zero gun tolerance.”

    • jay

      Don’t tell anyone in the school about the families farcebook account, or Vantac International. ;-}

  • GhostTrain81

    Tactical Sandals

  • BillC

    What a horrible father! I mean, socks with sandals!

    • Talos

      At least they’re white ankle socks and not black dress socks. That’s gotta count for something, right?

      • Zebra Dun

        They were Tactical winter camo socks.

    • AlDeLarge

      What kind of example is he setting, shooting videos in portrait mode?

  • politicsbyothermeans

    That kid shoots better than 90% of the Afghan Army.

  • forrest1985

    Same here in UK…however, i’d argue that he’s teaching his son to respect and understand firearms making him highly unlikely to ever discharge a weapon at another human unless he has no other choice! Over here you get called a “freak” “gun nut” just for showing an interest in firearms!

  • mig1nc

    Thanks for posting this story, Nick. It’s good to see this kind of stuff. By the way, I used to do a Nerf 3-gun with my boys in our backyard. We used a cell phone timer, a Nerf Barricade semi auto pistol, a Nerf Diatron double disk launcher for shotgun, and a some kind of pump action carbine I forget the name of it. I’d post a video, but it’s embarrassingly goofy.

  • Talos

    Do Germans play airsoft or paintball? The techniques of the training carry over depending on game arena.

  • Zebra Dun

    I applaud and approve his training and such I’ve done the same with my kid and his kids, but he should be careful in this world there are those who would charge him with child abuse and endangering a child.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I started my kids at 4 in 1979. Love the comments!

  • gunsandrockets

    LOL at oversized cowboy hat in video 4. Made me think of Carl from The Walking Dead. If only Carl had been so well trained!

  • gunsandrockets

    Video one, so damned cute!

  • MrApple

    Cool.

  • jay

    Atta boy! Makes a father proud!