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My eleven year old son has joined a trap/skeet league or whatever you call it at that age. He needs a new shotgun, but I don't want to break the bank doing it. I am looking for a lower priced semi-auto 12 ga that comes in a youth version. Any suggestions?
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Glad to see we have a new shooter. Get him a good used 1100 Remington either 2 3/4 or 3". If he needs the stock shortened DO NOT CUT the full size stock, get a youth replacement stock and modify it as needed. He will grow. There are lots of semi's out there but this gun will keep on running as long as he keeps shooting.
Head down and Keep swinging
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Best trap/skeet gun there is, 1100!
Why do I shoot 3.5" for geese? Because they don't make a 4" yet!
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Got my 1100 at about 12 yrs old - my deer, quail, squirrel, duck, everything gun - 40 yrs later, I've changed to a 3" barrel - absolutely kicking every fancy gun, in the blind's, ass! I've already shot a case of Kent #3, through my new Improved Cylinder, this season.
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Most youth models come in a 20ga configuration so you might end up buying a full size gun and having the stock shortened or purchasing a youth stock if available for the gun you decide on. 1100 is ok but if he ever wants to shoot 3" the 1187 is a better option or a browning silver. The browning comes in a shorter Ladies version that makes a great youth gun too. This is the one I plan to get for my Daughter in a couple of years, the new Winchester X2 compact.http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=017C&mid=511146
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Its not cheap, but quality never is. Bought my wife the Browning silver micro. She loves it. Super soft shooting and is 3" chamber for duck and geese. You really need to see what points good for him. The couple hundred you may save isn't worth having a gun he can't shoot well.
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Everyone has already said it, but the 1100 or even an 1187, and even the Beretta 391. Any one of those guns and a proper fit being just as important as the gun!
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I'm 12 years old and I have a 12 gauge semi-auto. It is a Weatherby SA-08. I bought it for $484 and I also bought a sling, fiber optic sights, recoil pad, and a stock shotshell holder for it. And I am now decked out for duck hunting. One thing about it though is that it kicks a little hard.
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Cutting a full adult stock to fit a smaller statured person is not a good idea. The drop and cant will be wrong. In addition the distance between the pistol grip and trigger will be too great causing the shooter to roll their wrist. They can't grip and shoulder the gun correctly that way. All this will cause more felt recoil, poor shots and bad habbits. Long barrels are also front heavy for small folks making it hard to swing. The weight of the gun will be another issue.
Do it right the first time, get a gun designed for a smaller person and fit it to them. Its harder to correct bad habits and flinching than it is to teach them right the first time. If the gun hurts to shoot or they can't hit with it do you think they'll be anxious to continue?
I was hunting on a refuge and met a gun club group. Two adults and eight Kids. Some of them were small and had youth autos. One was a Weatherby but I believe it was a twenty guage. I don't think you need a 12 guage, a lighter 20 will swing better and recoil less. Just get the correct ammo and choke.
Keep looking and do your research you'll find what your looking for. There are shooting instructors at most ranges and a local shotgun smith could really help.
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