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    Five?
    I'd agree with her and scold your brother (with a wink)
    Re-enforcing good gun habits will be the greater good.

    Maybe when she's 10 you can get more details.

    Work on the tact thing... "Uncle you left the bolt closed, you owe me a beer!" would have been a better responce.
    Aw, jeez. Booze and guns.................how about "You left the bolt closed, you owe me a dollar."
    or "You left the bolt closed, you have to take the trash out."
    Around a 5 yr. old, beer need not be thought of as a reward.

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    He put his rifle on the rack and noticed Donna watching him. He immediately opened the breech
    Maybe a bin of chamber flags at the door would be a reminder?
    DON'T PANIC

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    Hi Dave,

    Maybe a bin of chamber flags at the door would be a reminder?
    My brother had the same lectures growing up that I did. Clearing the chamber and opening the breech should be second nature to him. I'm just pleased that my daughter at five, not only knows the safety rules of firearms but demands they be followed. We live in a dangerous world, I'm trying to teach her to be a safe child.

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    He may have adopted different rules in his house. No matter what we are taught, we all decide for ourselves what we will live by.

    That doesn't change the fact that in your house, your rules are the ones that matter.

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    I've got a 3 year old that yell's at me if I leave my orange training gun on my desk...

    I reward her every time.

    Especially at that young age, I would rather he be unquestionably safe and rude, than try to compute whether or not the situation is safe to be polite.
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    Uh, sorry Kodiak, in this house any firearm with the bolt closed is loaded.
    Amen.

    Safety Rule #1: All guns are ALWAYS loaded.

    Give her a hug and encourage her. Repeatedly.
    Hiding in plain sight....

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    Safety trumps courtesy. Always.

    Praise her for spotting a safety violation and bringing it to your attention.

    Work on tact later.
    Too many people {trade} rights {for} morality. I am certain that everyone here wants to live in a moral society. But, if you are going to live in a free society, you have to be willing to let people corrupt themselves. -- paraphrased from Sheik Yerbouti

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    Give her a hug and encourage her. Repeatedly.
    Praise her for spotting a safety violation and bringing it to your attention.
    She is rewarded for positive behaviors. Hugs are a given not a reward. Perhaps, the best reward was that the uncle she adores now watches his behaviors to respect her sensitivities. Still, she knows I'm pleased with her.

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    Good Job OW, my boys were brought up the same way...an oft heard comment from folks who had been shooting with them for the first time was "those kids are safer than most adults i know".
    A Smith & Wesson Beats Four Aces.

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