For my 100th post I'd like to brag for a moment...
My wife and I had our first kid back in December. Bought him is first "big boy" present over the weekend. I'd love to buy him a complete gun right now but times are tight so I dreamt up this plan. I'm going to buy a component, a couple hundred rounds ammunition, and a couple mags each year. Each year I plan on taking his picture with that year's purchase. I'm going to stash it all away, and when he gets old enough I plan to surprise him on his birthday. I envision him opening his presents as a teen someday and then surprising him by saying I've got one more present I've been working on for years. Bring out a big box of components, a full ammo can or two, all the pictures from over the years and say "Lets build you your own rifle son." I figure what red-blooded American boy wouldn't love to build his own AR with his dad?
Gotta say, I really enjoyed building my AR, and I really love being a dad. This is something I'm really excited about, truly the best of both worlds. I realize I may have to get creative with the pictures as he gets older, but I figure I'll just tell him I've bought a new part for my rifle and want a picture of it and need him to hold it, or I bought this component and I'm thinking about selling it and need a picture to list it, etc. My folks weren't into guns for any of the 2A stuff, but it's something I've grown to love and think it could be a great thing to bond over with my new pride and joy.
No real purpose to this post. Just wanted to brag a little, so please indulge a very proud new dad!
As a parent I say congrats ! Great idea ! I'm sure he will enjoy it much more that way, Anyways cute kid !
Awesome idea. I may have to borrow it for my son.
Just make sure he hasn't caught a felony by the time you give it to him
That's a great idea! I'm sure that he will cherish the completed rifle and photos for the rest of his life. My first (a son) is due on June 29. My only worry would be about components becoming "out-of-date" by time the build is complete. I guess that isn't such a big deal though. Just buy the optics and rail last...
I'm not so sure that I would hide the project from him as he gets older. I think that I would tell him when he starts asking. This would teach him the value of saving up for nice things and that some things are worth the wait.
-1 no reloads
-1 no knife
-7 not even assembled
I've got some similar plans for when I've got little ones of my own.
I buy stripped lowers for each of my kids when they are born (3 so far). I was just planning on building little by little but I like this idea better. I will have to start doing this as well.