copterdoc wrote:I'd say that if you shoot better with a pump than you do with a semi-auto, it has a lot more to do with the gun, than it does with the action.
Some guns just seem to hit where you point them.
And others, that seem in all ways measurable to "fit" just don't.
It has nothing to do with whether they are single shots, side-by-sides, over-unders, pumps or auto loaders.
Agreed. When someone new starts shooting, especially a young one, a hammered single shot is about the safest gun available. Some say they kick like a mule and they can. Get one that fits and has a good recoil pad, they're fine.
That's the biggest drawback to those guns. Nobody spends the time and money on them to get it right. They figure it's a youth gun, only payed $75 for it, I'm not putting another 50 in on the stock work. You'd never get it back out. Which is true, but your investing in the shooter not the gun.
After proper safety and profencicy is obtained with the single shot, move onto a pump gun. The added weight reduces recoil, but take the time to fit it. Learning how to shoot multiple targets with a pump gun, just makes you a better shooter. Gun control and target acquisition on the pump, has a learning curve. If you go through it, it just makes the move to a semi auto that much smoother.
Shooting isn't something that one masters in a season or two. It can take years to become a decent **** ****.