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Gun choice for Youth shooter

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by wolfram, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    The 391 Beretta is a great choice for a young shooter because they fuction very well even with soft 1 Oz loads. The key is getting the stock cut short enough and then shim it for a reasonable amount of drop and cast off/on. Stay away from the long barrels as they make the short stocked gun muzzle heavy. As the young person grows, you can add back sections of the cut off stock piece to gradually lengthen the pull. The only down side to the 391 is that it is a fairly heavy gun and while this helps tame recoil it is a consideration for fatigue.
     
  2. 1Ljutic1

    1Ljutic1 TS Member

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    How about a Plus gun? Either a BT99 Plus which is a single or a Citori Plus which is the over/under? They have the adj. rib, and the adj. comb while the recoil system keeps the gun easy to shoot all day. Also the butt is adj. for LOP, and for cant so as to fit a left or right hand shooter. Steve
     
  3. missemucho

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    I started a lot of our local kids off with 1100's and found that almost all of them shot them well in a very short time. I have two of my own that I always take along on shoot days for the person who "just wants to watch"--inevitably they accept my invitation to try a round. Almost everyone who picks the gun up can shoot it and have it feel natural to them. They're easy to repair and parts are cheap. There's a reason why they've sold millions of them.

    The worst thing to do to a young shooter is hand them a gun that will beat them up. 870's are great guns that are owned by a lot of turkey hunters around here, but they can beat up a beginner. If you reload don't overlook a good 7/8oz load of #8's; I gave some of those to my grandson a few years ago and watched him smoke a lot of targets with them from the 16 yd line.
    John
     
  4. laura!

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    We have both guns; an older browning citori trap model and the beretta 391. We actually bought the beretta for my son to use for hunting, but are hoping his younger brother will eventually try it. The browning has been a great gun for him. The barrels aren't too long and we cut back the stock so it was just a little too long (not anymore) and put an adjustable butt plate on so it can grow with him. According to him the recoil is about the same - he shoots the bottom barrel of the browning.
    Rio 1oz loads are cheap and have a soft recoil. His SCTP team uses the 1 1/8oz loads.
    There's nothing better than getting beat in trap by your own kid!!
     
  5. ec90t

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    I would think that a 391 RL parallel would be a fine gun to start with. Get one with a 28" barrel so as not to be a barrel heavy gun. As the youngsters get older you can just buy a standard length stock and a 30" barrel. The 391 parallel's are a very versitile gun that will shoot all three disciplines very well.

    ec90t
     
  6. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    Ask around the club, some people have forgoten about their "kids" gun. The Citori plus would be sweet. Im not sure how short the length of pull is. One key thing is the grip to trigger length. If they have small hands the browning gold sporting clays is a option
     
  7. PerazziMX2000

    PerazziMX2000 TS Member

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    The Beretta 3901 RL with the 26 or 28 inch barrel depending on how small they are,the stocks are adjustable(comb and length of pull)
     
  8. omahasportingsupply

    omahasportingsupply TS Member

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    Another vote for the Beretta 3901 RL and the BT 99 Micro or (+) if you can find one. The junior high kids love the 3901 and the comb is already built into the price. They shoot it well because like Mac1911 said the grip to the trigger space has been reduced. Girls (of any age) with smaller hands have difficulty handling a gun when they cannot grasp the grip and still get the finger solidly on the trigger. Cutting off the stock (AKA reducing the LOP) will make it easier to shoulder but still difficult to squeeze the trigger. See Mac1911's earlier picture of his wife's stock made for smaller hands. A stock fitter can help adjust for this, but there are limits to their magic also. These are just my observations from coaching junior high shooters and the way the parents have reacted. YOUR stock length may vary. IMHO If you are near Omaha, NE, USA, we can go to a range and let you test both guns. Omaha
     
  9. omahasportingsupply

    omahasportingsupply TS Member

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    Ship me your youth and I will let them try the guns out. I will ship them back in time for school to start. LOL Rent a Kid has been a great program for me. I have had several mothers want to give me their kid for the weekend and include their souped up car. Such a deal. IMHO
     
  10. Clay Addict

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    Omaha,
    Enjoyed your comment.
    Become a Scout Leader and you can rent a bunch of kids one weekend a month. Been doing it for 21 years. Find a bunch that like to shoot and you have a SCTP team. Great fun.
    CA
     
  11. omahasportingsupply

    omahasportingsupply TS Member

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    I am trying to rent a kid with a shortened LOP K80 for a weekend, but so far no luck. I have found some nice shortened LOP guns but they come only under the rent a wife program. While this program is good, the attached husband can be a real ball and chain on your weekend. As a Nebraska trapshooting high school coach, I always want to test fire the nice guns....... you know, safety first! Omaha
     
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