There’s a catch-22 when it comes to cleaning firearms around my house. If I clean the firearms after the house has gone to sleep I typically get complaints that the “clicking and banging” noises travel right upstairs and disturbs those sleeping. If I clean the firearms during the day my daughter wants to get involved in the process, and quite frankly I’m a little leery about gun-schmutz and CLP being handled by a 2 1/2 year old.
My reservations notwithstanding Jilly wants to be involved, so (like most parents) I’ve come up with diversionary activities that offer little or no harm. While I’m cleaning the dirty rifles I break down the AR15 and leave it on the couch, provided Jilly with a plastic pick or some such so that she can mimic what Daddy is doing on the floor nearby. We have a little group hand-washing session as soon as she begins to lose interest (typically 10 minutes into the activity) and then Daddy resumes cleaning while Jilly takes on another activity.
Of course this doesn’t mean I can stop paying attention to her while she’s cleaning, as she has a tendancy to root through the cleaning kit, grabbing the sharpest piece of metal inside (typically the small screwdriver) and begin hammering away on the AR15 receiver. There’s nothing really harmful in the cleaning kit (as the CLP is with me) but still, I’d prefer not to have my AR marred any more than it already is.
We’re starting on safe handling, but I doubt it’s taking. Jilly can recite “No touch trigger”, but it’s going to be years before we can really start on this kinda thing.