12 year old Trinity is a Gun Wielding Badass

Trinity is a 12 year old girl who trains with her father Mike. I came across Mike and his daughter in this video where Trinity is practicing for a scenario where her father is incapacitated and she needs to draw his weapon, defend herself and her father.


Here is a video of Trinity running a drill with an AR pistol and Glock

Wanted to repost this video of @tacticaltrinity. The degree of precision and movement she demonstrated on this drill was extraordinary for a 12 year old girl. Shooting on the move, heal toe, with trigger reset after each shot. Transition to hand gun and getting the shot off as soon as she had front site picture, moving to cover with her handgun facing threat as she ducked to cover, reloading her primary flawlessly, inching out from cover slowly so to not expose herself, staying on target during the ascent. Full scan and In no rush to recover. FLAWLESS don't think some of our officers could demonstrate this level of competency. Wish I got a close up of the target. Everything was in #shooting #handgun #ar15 #tactical #combat #2a #kidswithguns #reload #transition #police #leo #thinblueline #hsgi #guns #range #cqb #rifle #leo #swat #skills #tacticool @glockporn @dfndrarmor #nra #multicam #keymod #fighting

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The degree of precision and movement she demonstrated on this drill was extraordinary for a 12 year old girl. Shooting on the move, heal toe, with trigger reset after each shot. Transition to hand gun and getting the shot off as soon as she had front site picture, moving to cover with her handgun facing threat as she ducked to cover, reloading her primary flawlessly, inching out from cover slowly so to not expose herself, staying on target during the ascent. Full scan and In no rush to recover. FLAWLESS don’t think some of our officers could demonstrate this level of competency. Wish I got a close up of the target. Everything was in

Here she is running a pistol drill on steel. Drawing a mag while keeping eyes on target, manipulating the firearm and moving off the line of force. Very well done.

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


  • BattleshipGrey

    My kids won’t be able to legally shoot my handguns until they’re 14 in my state unless they finally bite on the proposed fix next year. I’m glad Trinity has the ability and a great father.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      That’s the biggest bunch of crap. At 16 in my state you can transport a handgun or rifle for sporting purposes. When are they going to realize age doesn’t equal maturity. They should be able to shoot as early as the reach maturity and the parent feel comfortable.

      • Nandor

        In my state, nothing about what she was doing or possessing would be legal; age limitations, weapon bans, etc.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          That really makes me made. I’m sorry the world has people who wish to regulate parents safely enjoying a tradition with their kids.

      • Acecool

        I went through my midlife crisis at age 6; so you’re right… Age doesn’t matter for maturity and everyone is different ( at least that’s what teachers seem to say but then demand everyone is taught at the same slow pace based on age )… At 6 I spoke 2 languages, already knew the fundamentals of mathematics, algebra and was moving forward but grade school wanted me to “learn” 10+13…

        I was shy and didn’t communicate properly with my “teachers”, and my teachers didn’t properly communicate with me and instead opted to call me retarded to my face and to my parents faces ( I ended up leaving school, after using the time to learn social skills and to remap my mind to think quicker, by grade 2 or 3 and went back for a year in 8th in Canada, 1 year for 9th in Germany and half a year in 10th also in Germany before completing my mandatory military stint and going to College in the states )..

        I started learning about firearms at age 4 or so… and was given my own gunpowder revolver around the same time which ended up getting stolen during a move and would’ve been worth quite a bit today…

        • Harry’s Holsters

          My mom always said I was 4 going on forty so I can relate. Our education system is horrible and as someone who’s only been out a few years I can say some teachers are way under paid but most should be paying the student and parents for the damage they are causing. So much needs to be fixed along with peoples mindset that college is a must and trade schools are for losers. All my friends that went to learn a specific trade or skill are making bank while others are making 30k a year and paying $700 a month on student loans. Lots of problems that need to be addressed.

  • dootdootbeep

    Derpy head scan and everything. She’s high speed low drag.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Shes a kid, dude.
      Let it go.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Derpy head scan

      Telltale sign of someone that’s never been under stress and doesn’t know why scan and assess is taught.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        So somebody threw firecrackers at you once?

        • JumpIf NotZero


    • jbird

      Gotta say, this is the ONE thing I dislike about the gun community, just douchy guys like dootdootbeep, smh.

      • dootdootbeep

        Relax, buddy. You may not want to travel much on the Internet if you think that’s really douchy.

        This whole video reeks of creepy exploitation for internet fame to me but different strokes.

        • jbird

          You’re just too cool for the room. But I guess there always has to be THAT guy.

          • dootdootbeep

            Thanks, that made my day.

  • Fox Hunter

    cool kid, she needs to get into suppressed guns asap.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      More weight on the muzzle. I’m guessing that’s one reason she runs an SBR AR in one of their videos.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Not an sbr, it’s got a sig brace on it and you can see the excessive recoil in the video comes from the fact that she can’t legally shoulder it.

        • Nicholas C

          However if it was an SBR you could shoulder a brace to your heart’s content.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Sure you could, but it doesn’t look like she’s shouldering it to me; which leads me to believe that it’s a pistol

  • Ron

    Some of the TTP is carbine-rock star fantasy camp- course-isms but good on her and her parents for getting her out there and shooting.

    • jbird


  • Sunshine_Shooter

    The first video of her training to retrieve her dad’s gun and continue the fight is a pretty smart move. I may have to incorporate it into my family someday. The rest may be less practical, but still impressive to watch.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      They should teach this stuff in boy scouts, girl scouts, etc… I’m going to teach all my family members who don’t carry to do this.

      • TexTopCat

        It should be included as part of the normal secondary school program as a requirement

    • My wife is disabled, but she’s still got a heart of cast iron; I’ve made sure she knows how to operate every gun in the house, and when I told her that if I go down defending our home she should drop and use me as a shield to keep firing, she gave me a “Well, duh” look like I was a dope for having to say it out loud. Family members who can’t fight should be taught to GTFO when violence happens, and family who can’t GTFO should be taught to fight.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    she’s, like, seriously badass

  • David Harmon

    Here I thought I was cool for getting into skeet shooting at that age…

    Good work on her parent’s part.

  • Ben Rogers

    She needs ear muffs. Plugs alone are inadequate. That’s why I have hyperacusis and tinnitus.

    • Big Daddy


      • JumpIf NotZero


      • datimes

        I wish I could get people to speak louder than the ringing in my ears.

        • Bill

          At least they could try to shout over the voices in my head…

    • FLdeepdiver

      Negative ghost rider.

      Ear plugs provide the highest NRR available…if applied properly. Muffs have drawbacks such as: poor earcup seal with hats and eye protection.

      A more appropriate statement wound be: “Ear muffs alone are inadequate…”

      • randomswede

        Jerry Miculek is adamant about using both plugs and muffs when shooting rifles.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Ear muffs also sometimes don’t work very well with longer hair

    • Dan Atwater

      I’ve used plugs exclusively for the past decade and according to my most recent audiogram my hearing hasn’t deteriorated at all in that time.

    • David Hawk

      Agreed. The .223/5.56 is a great little cartridge but it is most horribly noisy especially in short barreled rifles and carbines. I always use both plugs and muffs when shooting rifles.

    • TexTopCat

      We need NFA to be gone so that silencers would be common and used during practice.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    He refers to his daughter as “the hot pool girl”?

    • Bradley

      No, that appears to be a screen name of the person credited with producing the video.

      • TheNotoriousIUD


        • Nicholas C

          I think that might be his gf or wife. Not sure.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            That would be less weird. lol

    • Dan

      My first thought too, was wondering if he was friends with the old guy with all the guns that got raided for child porn.

      • Mike L

        I have two range buddies that have/are raising their young in this way and one forum acquaintance as well.
        Thumbs up to them all. I think the young ones will grow up to be fine people if they don’t get killed by drunk drivers or something beyond their control.
        It kind of makes me think what a poor job of parenting I’ve done.

    • knockoutlights

      Her name is tactical Trinity. The hot pool girl is my girlfriend

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Cool, she’s got some skills.

  • Big Daddy

    If the liberals saw this they’d keel over in horror. I think it’s great and every parent should get their kids into a sport to teach them discipline, focus and attention to detail, it will help them later in life as an adult. Shooting is by far the best sport, you do not have to be athletic, it can be done by anybody, even with physical disabilities.

    • Kevin Harron

      I’m liberal and not keeling over in horror at all. Don’t overgeneralize. There are plenty of liberal gun enthusiasts.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        The sooner the dummies get this the better. It’s straight up stupid to marginalize people who would support your cause. Guns are a political issue for gun owners, just for politicians. It’s unfortunate all the gun control comes from the Left, so I get how people make it a “liberal” issue but all the same.

        Don’t go throwing out people who agree with you.

      • Bill

        Yeah! Me too! What you said!!!

      • n0truscotsman

        yep what you said!

      • Cory C

        Point taken. Thank you.

      • I have told every Democrat voter and Party representative and elected official I can reach that if their party truly wanted to take back Texas and The South and hold ’em for a generation, they could do it by adopting a three word strategy: Abandon Gun Control. I know so many people who are poor and rural or live on the bad side of town and are generally left-leaning, but vote R every time just because the Ds are so gorram stupid about gun control. America would be a helluva lot better place if both of the major parties stopped catering exclusively to the crazies at the extreme ends of the spectrum and started listening to the ordinary people who just want to live their lives.

        • TexTopCat

          You are correct, but all gun control laws are directly against the ordinary citizen. Rich people are never affected, government employees are never affected and criminals are never affected.

          • Rodney Steward

            It’s orders from the UN, Europe fell for it, and look what it’s gotten them, peace loving refugees like the ones coming here!

      • Sig_Sauer

        My wife is a “Harry Truman” Democrat, (that’s different then today’s socialists), and carries her pistol, enjoys trap and skeet shooting. Last year she complete a course in field dressing a deer!

        • Greg Smith

          That Democrat party died long ago and was totally hijacked by the far left.

      • Rodney Steward

        If U want to keep them, NO Hillary!

        • Kevin Harron

          You both think everyone who posts on this blog is a US citizen and is eligible to vote in the US elections?

          • Rodney Steward

            Not really, why, either they are, are they aren’t, I don’t give a sh$t!!!!

      • mac12sam12

        Then why do you vote for a party that wants to take away your gun rights?

  • MoPhil

    Wow, that’s awesome and cute in one!

    But I think that double braids are not the best hairstyle for a girl/woman in a tactical situation. See them flying around her face, when she is checking her surroundings?

    ALTHOUGH the braids in combination with her tactical dress is wow! and cute in one again! XD

    I wish I already had a daughter, so proficient and open-minded regarding guns like she seems to be!

  • Michael A. Pickle

    Methinks her father doth not worry overmuch about potential boyfriends…

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Yikes, I’m not crazy about the camera position and kinda sweeping issues with that carbine video.

    But she moves offline in the handgun video better than most cops I’ve shot with. Whoever is training her (dad?) was likely a cop.

    • Nicholas C

      Yeah if you go to Mike’s Instagram page it mentions SWAT and I think military service.plus firearms trainer

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Entirely clear with the offline moves. That’s police through and through.

    • gunsandrockets

      I strongly suspect that clip was filmed via drone. Considering all the other toys in play a drone would fit right in.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Could be, but it looks like a person with an image stabilization on the camera. Esp that pan at the end. It would have to be some excellent drone flying. Nah, I think it was a person, but I’m not going to say too much crap about it because there are way less safe things you could do.

        • imachinegunstuff

          I got a commercial grade DJI and I can set it to just hover and move along a predetermined route, you would never even know it was a drone. However, in this situation a drone is an expensive option just to film a few clips

    • Steve

      The camera position was a concern I had, as well. I didn’t consider an aerial camera… but still.

  • Joseph Goins

    I bet she didn’t get PTSD from shooting that AR.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      You think that guy wouldn’t write a two article series about how this poor girl is suffering from child abuse and will need years of therapy to get over what these evil guns have done to her?

      • Joseph B Campbell

        Please don’t give them any ideas!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    She’s ready for the zombie apocalypse.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Why name your kid trinity?

    • OJS

      Never saw the Matrix?

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        I think the father might have watched it to much…

        • Edeco

          or Trailer Park Boys…

      • gunsandrockets

        I rather hope Trinity was named because of Operation Trinity. Oh yeah!

    • Nicholas C

      Why do you care?

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Why do you care that i care?

    • Brett

      Had a Gysgt Named Trinity. Certified Bad A$$!

      • A bearded being from beyond ti


        • Brett

          Sorry, Gunnery Sergeant. It is an E-7 in the Marine Corps. I forget that this may not be common knowledge sometimes.

          • Dan Atwater

            I wouldn’t apologize when it’s beyond some people to search for something on google before asking about it.

    • Bill

      Because Matrix?

    • John Yossarian

      My daughter was once in a daycare classroom with a boy named Neo and a girl named Trinity. They weren’t siblings either – It was just by chance.

      The same classroom also had a boy named Handsome!

      But I kind of dig that one. It reminded me of “El Guapo” from the “Three Amigos”, and gives pause to the question of why we don’t use the English words as names anymore.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Well second names are usually words, so there’s that.

    • Obviously ‘cuz she da BOMB.

    • Jeff Suever


      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Who knows…

  • Blake

    As cool as some of us might find this, this is just ammo for antis to grab onto and claim we’re “militarizing and indoctrinating our kids”. Plus the freaking blood pack in the first video is just comically unnecessary.

    • jbird

      Blake’s right, we should all stop doing what we enjoy, and live our lives around what won’t upset the antis.

      • Blake

        Wow it really takes a special brand of stupid to mentally equate “maybe we should stop showing off our kids in full military gear running a course” to “we should stop doing what we enjoy and our lives!”. Jesus do you even think before you type?

        • jbird


  • USMC03Vet

    Is this the new thing in tacticool, fawning over kids that don’t fall over when they play mall ninja?

    Maybe if she did some Spetznas barrel rolls while double tapping an M240 or something….

    • Bill

      Yeah, it’s OK I guess, but not something I’d place priority on for a 12 year old. Frankly, an early start on serious driving skills would be a lot more practical and likely to save her life.

      • Sho Rembo

        What makes you think driver training isn’t happening?

        • Bill

          Because no mention was made of it?

          • Sho Rembo

            So you assume.

            By the way, the article was about her shooting. It wasn’t about her driver training. Why would they mention it? By your reasoning she does nothing but shoot firearms.

          • Bill

            Wow. I “assume” the article doesn’t mention driving because THE ARTICLE DOESNT MENTION DRIVING, something else the average 12 year old doesn’t get advanced training in. I “assume” she eats, because the average 12 year old eats.

            Do you have a point, or just whipping out some Trump-level logic flaws?

          • I knew how to work the lever on a Marlin .22 and the clutch on a Ford Farmall by the time I was twelve, didn’t seem special enough to brag about.

          • Bill

            Yeah, I was driving implements and farm trucks by the early teens, and no videos, or cave paintings, were made of it. Of course, I occasionally put one in a ditch and had a few fender benders later on. I was (purportedly) an adult before I paid out of pocket for a high-performance driving class.

          • knockoutlights

            She can drive my tractors and my hmmwvs. Check my Instagram knockoutlights. She’s driving one to range. Firearms training is only a small part of her skill set.

      • crackedlenses

        It’s a hobby. A little obsessed for a hobby, but still a tad more practical than many sports.

        • Bill

          Yeah, it’s a hobby, maybe a little obsessed. A tad more practical than bicycling and swimming? OK, definitely more practical than golf.

          I’m a serious trainer, but shooting definitely benefits from sports and hobbies that promote cardiovascular and psychomotor development, particularly for a 12 year old who’s nowhere near physically and neurologically developed.

          • crackedlenses

            Fair enough.

    • Duh, obviously, twelve year old with an M240 mounts it on the handlebars of their Princess Twilight Sparkle bicycle with the belt in the basket, and drops the training wheels into place to help with recoil.

  • Geez man watch the language—–yes I had to edit it.

    • xebat

      Will never understand your care for deleting curse words online and on TV my american friends….

      • n0truscotsman

        Its because of me (no really). πŸ˜€

  • gunsandrockets

    Pardon the profanity, but it has to be said…

  • gunsandrockets

    12 y/o Tactical Trinity, or Triple T for short!

  • Feral Gryphon

    Sent this video to Gersh Kuntzman, will report back later when I get a reply.

  • Mr. Privilege

    Great to see blacks training – just like they did for Dallas and Baton Rogue when they killed those 8 cops. I will never do a private sale to a black person.

  • ParaLarry

    Trinity: Keep the barrel downrange instead of pointed in the air when reloading. You’ll be back on target faster. Watch Max Michel reloading videos.

    • knockoutlights

      There is no down range in combat. The objective is to keep the weapon at eye level so you can observe the reload and the threat at the same time.

  • Rally Vincent 2.0 spotted.

    This right here is parenting done right; that’s an awesome kid who will not only grow up with confidence in her own skills and no fear of the world around her, but have sense enough to teach the other kids she knows who aren’t familiar with firearms that they’re a tool to be respected, not a boogeymonster to be feared or a ~~FORBIDDEN Grownup Thing~~ or toys to play around with. I was raised with guns and proper parental oversight since I was a wee Texas Tot, and I remain convinced that it allowed me to save the lives of one or more of my idiot cousins at around nine-tenish; one of their idiot parents left a loaded pocket pistol out where they could find it, and the two of them were planning to go out after midnight into the woods to shoot it until I convinced them it was a super stupid idea.

  • knockoutlights

    Hello, Just a little background on my daughter, Tactical Trinity. I started getting her acquainted with firearms when she was 5 or 6 years old. She was not allowed to touch them but I demonstrated weapon handling and took her to our range to show her how dangerous they were. At age 7 I allowed to to manipulate the handgun and began teaching her safe weapon handling skills. My simple rule…. she was not allowed to shoot until she could manipulate all the functions of the handgun . By 8 years old she was able to operate all the functions on a few 22 LR handguns I owned. Before she fired her first round she had to recite from memory, the 4 cardinal rules of safe gun handling. I treated her like I would any of my students, safety first, weapon handling second, and shot placement third. After we were done shooting I asked her if she felt safe and if she enjoyed shooting. From that day on she initiated the continued interest in shooting, I did not push her, I simply supported her interest. By 10 she was an accomplished shooter in multiple weapon platforms and she wanted to incorporate combat tactics into her training matrix. By 11 she wanted to shoot full size weapons. At her request, I set up an 5.56 AR and a model 19 glock in 9mm. The recoil management was difficult at first but she refused to concede and go back to 22. I taught her advanced movement skills, threat assessment, weapon manipulations both primary and support hand and numerous other skills that would keep her safe with or without the use of a firearm. I had her assist me in training others to reenforce her knowledge base. I allowed her to attend classes with other instructors so she could take back other suggestions to improve her skills. She now trains 4 days per week with skilled tacticians. She does not fall behind nor does she have any safety issues. She points out other peoples errors and is the first person to identify something that is not safe. I am so incredibly proud of her and amazed by her skills and passion. I don’t think this is for everyone and I respect that some people may find this offensive. What I can say is that a firearm is a tool,nothing more. It is our job as parents to teach our children respect, compassion and integrity so they can make a positive impact on this world.

    • jbird

      Question, when she draws the handgun into her chest and scans, she puts her palm over the slide. Why is that?

      • knockoutlights

        This is a tactile function to ensure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction when looking away from the handgun. This can be done over the slide or under your primary hand

    • Mark Are Reynolds β“‹

      Where can we see videos of her shooting? These just show pictures.

      • knockoutlights

        She is on Instagram at knockoutlights or tacticaltrinity

    • rjet43

      amen, you sir are a good parent! i did the same with my 2 girls and they shoot anything and hit what they aim at! keep up the good work!!

    • ImSpyingOnYou

      “she was not allowed to shoot until she could manipulate all the functions of the handgun”
      That’s actually brilliant. Parents should take note on this one. I do the same. when I purchase a gun I spend hours on the couch working with the functions, taking it apart over and over again and getting to know the way it feels in my hand.

      • knockoutlights

        Most parents focus on shot placement. My priorities are SAFTY and weapon handling. Accuracy is my lowest priority.

        • Repoman3737

          With good safty and weapon handling accuracy will follow naturally with practice/repetition. I was allowed to look at/handle all my father’s weapons as long as I asked and he was present. It took the mystery out of it and I can say I never once touched them when I wasn’t suppose to. I didn’t want to disappoint him or lose my weapons privilege.

    • Chris DuBois

      Well done brother! I now have a template for my daughter. She has already been learning the 4 Universal Rules of gun safety.

      You have much to be proud of; your daughter, and your efforts training her.

      • knockoutlights

        Outstanding. Keep up the great job and nice to hear from you buddy.

    • glenn cheney

      I highly recommend you contact Manatee Gun and Archery Club of Manatee County, Florida. The owner, a former Marine Gunny Sgt., is a Coach on U.S. Olympic Rifle Teams. He may be able to assist you and your daughter in furthering her obviously blessed talents.
      They are 800 plus NRA membership, and one of only TWO 1,000 yard ranges open on certain days to the public. I’m available to facilitate Sir.
      She looks to me, like we need to GET SOME SPONSORS LINED UP.

      • knockoutlights

        Thank you for the suggestion. Fortunately, she has access to a lot of expertise here at home. I am a POST certified firearms instructor and most of her friends that train at my facility are instructors as well. She gets input from a lot of talented people. Haven’t really looked at sponsorship because she hasn’t showed an interest in it.

    • borg

      You did a good job raising your daughter to be a victor instead of a victim from what I can see.

  • Leigh Rich

    All i can say is great job dad and Trinity.

  • Michael Hayes

    That would make a Father proud.

  • RICH

    Great job Mike. It is refreshing to see a young girl into firearms especially with her father teaching her. More parents need to spend ‘quality time with their kids weather it’s with firearms or any common interest they share ! Trinity will grow up to be a ‘survivor’ regardless of the situation she faces as training of this nature will give her a vast amount of confidence. IMHO…..

  • Mark Are Reynolds β“‹

    So where are the videos?

  • BDUB

    “Are you Sarah Conor?”

  • rjet43

    hell yes! she rocks it!

  • Jamie Clemons

    Carl meet Trinity.

  • Scoad

    I’m 68 and just got my first 5.56 AR for protection. Trinity’s perseverance has given me new hope that I can learn this system too.
    The Scoad

  • Merlin

    Very impressive. Dad did a good job. Teach them young.

  • Glock Guy

    Well done my dear! I was smiling from ear-to-ear watching these videos. Even more awesome is her dad for taking the time, patienience, and humility to train such a young one. Dad, your awesome!

    So glad she is mature enough to understand that firearms training is so important to her life and protection.

  • Glock Guy

    Anybody know what holster she is using on her leg?

  • Aint So

    As a father who for many years has enjoyed owning and shooting multitudes of firearms of every imaginable type with my three sons, I definitely find these to be commendable skills for a 12 yr old. Unfortunately the author of this article appears to be in possession of the parenting disposition of a moron. His evaluation of her skill level is that she now qualifies as a “badass”. I really don’t care how he meant it, badass does not apply, no should it ever with regard to firearms. This is the sort of brainless description that feeds ammo to second amendment opponents. Lets say we clone this child and now we have 100 little wannabe badass little girls, all with firearms, who all think because of adult encouragement that they should aspire to be badasses rather than responsible shooters and athletes. Sounds great doesn’t it? Teaching shooting and tactics to children is admirable and when they excel it is commendable but only a dumass would encourage a child that it is the road to becoming a badass and acting out with firearms is a virtue or admire it when, God forbid, this is what happens. The juvenile disposition displayed by this adult author is never a good aspiration or even a good suggestion from an adult in the presence of a child and certainly never when firearm are involved. I have to ask why the hell would any responsible adult ever encourage this attitude in a child. After viewing these clips, I suspect that it is this little girl who could teach this author a thing or two, not about firearms, but about the responsible presentation of her work.

    • glenn cheney

      Well, I prefer to lurk, read, learn. FWIW, Trinity is a rare talent, no different than a little girl as you say, putting in work week hours getting gymnastics routines down pat…practice, practice practice.
      I hear no uproar over a kid putting in horrendous hours weekly at that age.
      Where I must take issue, is, your opinions on child rearing, firearms, and the what’s and when’s as appropriate.
      I’m not looking to call names or hurl any insults, however….NO TWO KIDS are the same. I have three daughters, all started at 5 or so with a BB gun, safety first, last and always here. By ten, my oldest daughter could out-shoot me with my 9mm Smith, and she sat at that age by herself in a Ga. and Alabama tree stand at 10 with a Win. 20 ga. pump. The next year, a Browning ABolt .243 and a Nikon 3×9. Her sisters all shot…
      Some have the interest, the gift…all of mine know the ropes, one continues to advocate. Her boys, now 7, 8 are woefully behind where she was at that age.
      The new trend is WOMEN, CWP, AND ABLE….in firearms.
      Trinity is a rare gem, Manatee Gun and Archery in Florida has a gunny, that coaches the U.S. Olympic Rifle Team. I would venture a guess, he’d be very impressed. We might be just getting a glimpse of our up and coming Olympians, Trinity.
      I lack the training provided to Trinity, but my “girls” esp. one, can thread a needle at any yardage you suggest. Her “edge” was sound fundamentals, and a brain surgeon’s rock steady hand. No run n’ gunner. Dad lacked the skill-set had she shown interest.

      I teach ethics, bullet placement, one shot. Ethical harvests. As to instilling these “attitudes” in a “child” I ask you. How do you explain that what you are doing is harvesting, efficiently. The “K” word. ????? Her sister shot, knew safety, could not stand the sight of red platelets on a carcass, so, she never was going to be a “hunter.”
      When I was about three, four, I watched my grandmother, born in the 1880’s, sit among a hundred pullets, running around her, seated before a chopping block…she snatched them up by the head and neck as they scrambled by, one quick motion, onto the block, chop….toss the bird aside and grab the next one. I can see that must have severely damaged me at that age, seeing where our food came from.
      Next time you’re in KFC, and your chick. wing IS BROKEN….it occurred as they were going down a line, hung upside down, flapping wings until bones break, as the shears come ever closer. If they put that on TV, every citified type would go vegan.
      You must be a city type, not a hunter, and no I’m not looking to argue. Some have the mental capacity to acquire the skills necessary to function at that level….Just because you and I don’t, doesn’t mean it’s for older than “x” only.
      My kid used to sit until past dark thirty. I’ve seen grown men, afraid of the dark, be at the truck by dark-fall, the very time they s/be in their stand.
      BTW, My two grandsons, the oldest, no interest in bb guns, no attention span…the 6 y/old, just turned 7, he’s already telling grand-paw which part goes with which on AR builds. He’ll tell ya’ that gun is loaded, that all are. He’s far behind his Mom at this point, but no hurries, grand-paw doesn’t get up in that stand like he used to, but I still like my KFC, original recipy please.
      Do not suppress talent, nurture it.