I took my 12 year old daughter to the range with me for the first time today. She's expressed some curiosity about my XD for the last few weeks and I figured she should see where her dad disappears off to on the weekends.
I gave her a good safety briefing on the way there and she has a very good appreciation for firearms. We got to the private range I belong to and there was one other guy there with his .38 revolver and his P22. We set up at 15 yards and I did my standard warm up of a full mag into an 8" paper plate. Immediately my daughter got a smile on her face and the other guy came over to ask what I was shooting. My daughter chimed in and said 9mm. I couldn't have been a happier dad.
I've been talking to her about some self defense drills and she wanted to help out, so we put up 5 plates and numbered them 1-5. She called out numbers for me to practice target acquisition and put me under a little stress. It worked great!
I didn't let her get to fire just yet, but I'm thinking next time I might let her behind the trigger to get a feel for it. Great father/daughter bonding time for sure. I strongly encourage all you dads out there to have a "take your daughter to the range" day