I took my oldest grand daughter (Justis-born on the 4th of July) to the range last night for her first shooting lesson. She has been having trouble at school getting along with other students so my wife and I thought we should get her involved in shooting so I can have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship. My prayer is to get her to trust me enough to open up about her problems so I can guide her through them in a way that prevents her from lashing out at those around her. Our range offers a .22 rifle shoot free to youth on Tues. nights every year through the spring - summer months. They set up the standard 50' target with 11 circles. The center is to sight in the rifle then the kids get 3 shots apiece on the other ten for qualification for different medals. Justis' very first shot ever was a 9 just missing the 10 ring by about 1/8". After sighting the rifle she went on to score a 233 (23.3 avg.) on the 10 qualifying targets. Her high was a 28 10+9+9 (out of a possible 30) and her low was a 21! She was able to check off 2 boxes on her NRA qualification sheet on the first day of ever shooting a rifle! She out scored many of the boys who had started the week before. Needless to say she is very excited and looking forward to returning next week. She wouldn't allow me to bring her target to work and show it off because she wanted to take it to school and show all her friends. On the way home I praised her highly and told her how proud I was of her, she responded with a thank you and a big smile. I hope that this is the beginning of something special in her life and the discipline of the shooting sport carrys over to other areas of her life! Thanks for allowing a very proud grandpa the opportunity to boast.