View Full Version : Am I a "good dad?"

May 17, 2012, 04:33 PM
The four identical custom pre-64 .270 Winchester Model 70's were lined up for my son's 21st birthday. He got to select the one he liked best. There is no better feeling than having your son follow in your own footsteps. (But please, avoid some of them!!) Same gunsmith over a 30 year period.

May 17, 2012, 05:06 PM
Sounds like a great gift. Which one did he choose?

May 17, 2012, 05:06 PM
Don't know if you're a good dad, but that's a heck of a birthday gift! You're not adopting are you?

May 17, 2012, 05:16 PM
Dad, I knew I'd find you! I'll be right over to pick out my rifle:D

In all seriousness that is truly awesome that you would do that for your son. How old is he?

May 17, 2012, 05:22 PM
Dad, I knew I'd find you! I'll be right over to pick out my rifle

Ha ha!

Beautiful rifles. Every last one of them.


May 17, 2012, 05:26 PM
One lucky young man!:)Cliff

Archer 9505
May 17, 2012, 05:27 PM
52 y/o retired military, a little beat up around the edges. Open to the idea of adoption.

Very Nice model 70's. The Rifleman's rifle is my favorite. My wife bought me one a few years back for my birthday.

May 17, 2012, 06:20 PM
You don't need but three, anyway.

Good on ya, giving your son a rifle. Maybe one of these days he'll give you grandsons and you can pass a few more down. That's what I'm doing right now, making sure all the grandsons have a nice rifle. It feels good to pass 'em along.

May 17, 2012, 06:58 PM
About your parenting skills I can't say, but just getting your son into guns, shooting and hunting is gooooood. I was raised poorly overall, but what I regret the most is that I didn't get to do any hunting or shooting as a kid, my dad owned a couple guns, but they went decades in a closet. Kudos sir.

May 17, 2012, 08:42 PM
Thanks for the nice comments.

My father gave me a BB gun before I could cock it. I'd get my mother to cock the thing, run out and fire it, and then run back to mom.

I finally figured out how to use a tree and two hands to cock it. I also learned not to shoot it with the cocking lever out. OUCH!!! Did anyone else ever do that?

Anyway, my son, now 21, has owned a 10/22 for 11 years. As far as I know, has always used it responsibly. (I hope better than I did!!) When he was 13 I gave him a youth 870 and we have had many wonderful days hunting.

He picked the second M70 from the bottom, with the dark swirls in the butt.

I like thinking about keeping more for my grandkids! What a joy to give them to a loved one who will more than likely cherish it for decades. As I did!

Hunter Customs
May 17, 2012, 09:16 PM
I would say the young man is very lucky to have you for a dad.
He also has a good eye for beauty.
Good job dad, my hats off to you.

I feel I'm very fortunate, I started my brother, my son, and my oldest granson hunting and they all have guns I've given them.
To me the memories I have are worth much more then the guns they received.

Best Regards
Bob Hunter

May 18, 2012, 04:43 AM
Any Dad who teaches his kids about guns and buys them guns sure sounds like a good dad, and a good American.

May 18, 2012, 06:17 PM
I never really thought about rewarding one of my sons just because he'd reached a certain age. I did give my oldest son a pristine, 70 Series GC when he graduated college. GC was owned by my father, who died in '81. More recently gave him a G21, so he'd have something better for home defense.

Gave my daughter a G26 when she got into law school; likewise my youngest son, when he got into law school. Built a nice M4 with Daniel Defense barrel, NM RRA trigger, etc., when he passed the bar exam. When/if my youngest ever gets a good gun safe, I'll probably give him the other lnib 70 Series GC that I have in my safe...has only had one mag shot through it.

May 30, 2012, 06:20 PM
You are the best.;)

May 31, 2012, 09:54 PM
Great Dad!

Let's see him top that for Father's Day! ;)

June 1, 2012, 08:53 AM
I dont know you so I cant say what kind of dad you are but you do have good taste in guns.

June 1, 2012, 11:57 AM
That's great. My own son is about to become a very lucky 6 year old too. He recently has become super interested in shooting with me, and goes through several Co2 cartridges a week with my airsoft "basement trainer". We recently went to pick him out a .22 pistol for his upcoming birthday. We decided on the Ruger SR-22 with a Crimson Trace Railmaster, but then I spotted something far better on the used wall... A Daniel Defense M4V7, the perfect AR in my opinion. So we agreed that it would be a decent hunting rifle for him, and I will also use it for some mid-range 3 gunning, and so we left with layaway'ing the rifle instead of getting the rifle. Sadly, I'm even more excited than he is.

Master Blaster 2
June 1, 2012, 12:43 PM
Fantastic. You are lucky. I have a rather large catch of firearms however my 2 girls and boy who has left the nest years ago haver no interest what so ever in guns. I brought them up with firearms too.

and life goes on...

June 1, 2012, 08:10 PM
I am 59 years old and have wonderful memories of shooting and learning as a little kid with my dad ,cousins, and uncles etc. and did the exact same with my kids. My son is turning 21 in a couple of months and I am giving him a ccw class for his birthday.

June 1, 2012, 11:09 PM
Very nice of you to do that for your son.

June 17, 2012, 08:24 AM
he will always cherish it. I still have the guns my dad gave me and would never let them go. I cant wait until my son is old enough to take hunting.

June 20, 2012, 09:53 AM
I'm a good enough dad that I raised my kids in a state that doesn't require a ccw class! :)

June 20, 2012, 02:01 PM
My own father left me his dads old .22 rifle when he passed on. I'm the second generation in my family to learn on that rifle and ill be teaching my 3 kids with that same rifle. Its a 1936 Stevens semiautomatic and after God only knows how many thousands of rounds its fired its still very accurate and completely reliable. As kids my brother and I carried it all through the woods around our place. My only son will be old enough for his first rifle pretty soon and Im having a hard time waiting. He did get a dirtbike at 6 (dads other great love) and when I'm gone ill pass the old Stevens on to him as well. This is nit meant to imply that my two girls will be any less well armed and determined to defend their own lives and families.

For as long as our country remains free I fully intend to pass on the values of freedom, self reliance, hard work and standing firm on your beliefs.

June 20, 2012, 02:14 PM
You done good, Dad... real good!!!


June 20, 2012, 04:11 PM
Way to go, dad!

My parents were old hippies. In the 80's, I had to beg, plead, borrow, and practically steal to get them to go and buy me my first gun - a Remington 1100 12g. Though to be fair to them, they finally agreed to pay for half of it.

But of course I had to go hunting with friends and other family members.

I would have dropped over dead if my dad had let me pick a rifle :cool:

My oldest boy doesn't realize how good he's got it - lol. I'm going to get him to read this thread.

June 20, 2012, 04:12 PM
Sorry, I don't believe you without PICTURES to prove it :)!

June 20, 2012, 05:00 PM
i know the feeling you must have experienced when you gave him the rifle.

I experienced the same when I gave my son a custom 03 with a hand checkered stock, trigger and match barrel.

June 23, 2012, 03:34 PM
Your love, compassion, guidance, accasional admonision, hugs, play, smiles and always being there for his/her needs makes you a good dad. Teaching your child safety first, and caliber by age in a safe environment gives him/her a trust in you for thinking of that. Not knowing the age, it is an age specific decision. Careful on the big gun experience for a young child. He/she will grow into thier preference. That's why they made the .22 cal.