My daughter is officially a sharp shooter now.

I bought her a Savage Arms Rascal in .22 MONTHS ago. Probably almost a year ago now, long before we got her a BB gun. It was going to be a surprise when we felt she was mature enough to start learning to shoot. And I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I got the ‘swamp people’ alligator camo one… WHY I thought that was a good one for a super girly-girl, I’m not certain.

I -think- I was hoping at the time my son would get into shooting as well, so it’d be something a bit different that they could both shoot.


Instead, about two weeks ago, I took my daughter to the local gun store like we typically do every couple of Saturdays, and as usual, she oohed and aahed over every pink gun in there. And they had a pile of Henry Cricket’s, including a solid pink one that came with case and scope.

They also had a Savage Arms in pink camo, and for some strange reason, I decided to let her pick which one she liked better and bought it.

We came home with the pink Henry Cricket.

Yep, that’s the outfit she wore to the gun store. A pink gun was fitting.

And, apparently since I was on a spontaneity streak, we threw a few things into my range bag and drove 40 minutes to the gun club.

Where we proceeded to shoot exactly four rounds of .22 short. (For some idiotic reason, a year ago I bought an entire case of .22 MiniMag SHORTS thinking they were LONGS…. now they finally have a use. The small noise and recoil is perfect.)

(That’s my shot above the 8, I was aiming at the 8 to see how the sights were.)

Yeah, she shot that with IRON sights because I hadn’t put the scope on yet. And I’m pretty sure she had no idea what I was talking about when I was trying to explain how to use a peep sight.

She pretty much just aimed naturally and dropped the hammer.

I got her first ‘live round’ shot on video! (Because I’m father of the year.)


Here we are.

Our daughter can already out shoot us, I’ve a use for all those .22 shorts, and I’ve a Savage Arms NIB .22 Rascal I need to sell.

All good things.

Author: Erik 'Tracer' Testerman

Erik Testerman is a Marine Corps grunt, a competitive shooter, and an admirer of fine arms and armaments. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his lovely wife, two rambunctious children, and a slobbery English Mastiff. To learn more about Erik Testerman and read samples of his work, visit

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