August 1st, 2021

SonDay GunDay: Father Trains Son with Single-Shot .22 LR Rifle

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

Today we present a feel-good story about the connection between father and son, and how that bond can grow through marksmanship training — father teaching son. This story features Kelly Bachand, and his young son Charles, who recently shot together at the Skyline Range in Alabama. We have known Kelly for many years, first meeting him when he was a young, prodigy Palma (Fullbore) shooter. As a college student he was holding his own with many of the top sling shooters in the country. Kelly later became a bit of a shooting celebrity as the youngest-ever contestant on the History Channel’s Top Shot TV show.


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Here is Kelly’s report from his session with son Charles: “Today was the first shooting trip in about six months with Charles and he had a ball! We practiced all of the necessary safety rules, began working on some ideas that will help with accuracy, and learned to shoot prone!”

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting
Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

Kelly added: “I didn’t bring a shooting mat with me to Alabama so when we decided to try prone he had to lay on the ground and we used the soft rifle case under his elbows. He loved it!”

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

Kelly notes that “Charles loved shooting prone and enjoyed shooting our new swinging target (see videos below). I enjoy teaching Charles so much, he is such an intelligent and joy-filled little guy.”

About Father Kelly Bachand

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

Top Shot Kelly BachandYou may recognize Kelly Bachand. He was the youngest competitor on the History Channel’s popular Top Shot TV series. After graduating from the Univ. of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Kelly works for Aerojet Rocketdyne in Operations Leadership. Kelly’s life has progressed as he first became a husband (to wife Valerie) and then devoted father to three children. Throughout the years, Kelly maintained his interest in target shooting. Kelly is a talented Palma rifle shooter who has competed in major championships. Kelly is the real deal — a genuine marksman. It is great that he is able to share his skills with his young son Charles, who clearly enjoys learning marksmanship with his Dad.

Kelly represented the USA at the 2007, 2011, and 2015 World Long Range Fullbore Championships. In 2007 he was a member of the Gold Medal-winning Under-21 USA Young Eagles team. In 2011 he was the wind coach of the Silver Medal-winning Under-25 USA Young Eagles, and was a firing member of Bronze Medal-winning USA Palma Team. In 2015 he was a firing member of the Silver-Medal winning USA Palma Team. Although Kelly hasn’t competed since the 2015 World Championships, Kelly is still a member of the USA National Rifle Team. Kelly looks forward to competing again one day, perhaps in Palma, PRS, or one of several other firearms disciplines he enjoys.



Keystone Arms Crickett Precision Rifle — Great First Rimfire under $300.00
The little single-shot Crickett Precision Rifle Kelly acquired is very affordable. The base model rig has a $349 MSRP but you can find it for under $270 at some vendors. Or you can get a complete package with scope and bipod for $310-$350. That makes training with your young family members affordable.

The Crickett Precision Rifle from Keystone Sporting Arms is a scaled-down version of popular PRS designs. It features an adjustable comb, “Crickettinny” Rail that accepts Weaver or Picatinny-style rings, and a lower rail mount on the fore-end for the bipod. Sized perfectly for young boys and girls, this single-shot .22 LR is a good choice for a first rimfire rifle,

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

The Crickett Precision Rifle (CPR) is available in a variety of external colors/finishes, including this patriotic Stars and Stripes model (the “Amendment” Package). The CPR is offered as a base rifle or as a package with 4x28mm scope and bipod. Kelly bought the base model and added a Red Dot optic, which he purchased separately. Kelly explained: “I bought the version without a scope and bipod, then put a Red dot on top — that’s easy for a 4-year old to understand because it has infinite eye relief.”

Kelly Bachand Charles son father .22 LR Crickett first shooting

Here’s a Review of the Keystone Arms Crickett Precision Rifle with another Father & Son Team

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