I have no experience with what it takes to shoot from a wheelchair.Hello All,
I am a new user to the forum but a long time lurker. I do not mean to open a can of worms here, but I am looking for relevant thoughts from people that might know more that I do. Back ground, I have a teenage wheelchair shooter that shoots for my team. Taken a lot of work to get where we are at. He finished his 10th grade season averaging 23-24 out of 25. He has done this with a Tristar setter 28" 12ga. It has lasted at least 2 full seasons with over 15k rounds put through it. It has given no trouble whatsoever. We break it down and clean internals and everything. We have put a limbsaver slip on over the gun, because he likes putting the gun on his collar bone for sighting purposes. I told him when he got to this point, we would upgrade him to a better fitting gun. He would be happy if I just bought 5 or 6 setters at wholesale and used them for parts to keep his in top order. I would rather find a gun that can be made to fit him and not him to the gun. I have even thought of buying them and buying the graco adjustable butplate and comb hardware and doing a custom job on his setter. I would rather buy one already set up.
I understand that there are some people that are going to trash the Turkish made guns for a variety of reasons. Some of them are justified, some are probably not. I will quantify my statements as following. Yes, the B guns are the best. I own several of them in rifles and handguns and do not doubt their quality or longevity. This is not my care or focus for this question.
We have had a youth 20ga tristar viper, a 12 ga 11-87, and now the setter. He outgrew the viper. Never had issues with it, that I couldn't fix for him.
Wheel chair shooters face an increased issue of balance that we as uprights can never fully grasp. Each chair shooter has certain limitations based on their reason for being in the chair. I would love to buy him a bt-99 but due to balance issues 30" barrel is the max length. That rules out the new bt-99. He has an average if not above average length of pull, so the micro bt-99 are out. In all fairness that rules out the majority of new trap guns including the tt15. The CZ all american fits the bill on features, price, and length. He prefers a gun that weighs no more that 7.5 lbs, again due to balance issues.
In my experience, felt recoil can be almost eliminated, may not be pretty but can be done. So my questions are this.
1.) Does anyone else have experience with wheelchair bound shooters?
2.) If you do, what guns did they have real success with.... I dont mean enjoy shooting, I mean clay dusting. He enjoys shooting/hunting already, has already killed 10pt and 12 pt bucks, but he likes winning. He wants to win, so I am trying to give him the tools i can.
3.) $1500 max price. Only interested in new. You never know how well the used was treated. Not looking to buy someone else's headaches.
4.) 30" max barrel length, prefer a break action as keeps the over all length down, if you go to semi , he has to get shorter barrel. Pumps are out of question for his safety do to balance issues.
5.) Prefer under 7.5 lbs
6.) can be a single or double
7.) Does anyone have any real experience with the CZ All American Trap single( what round counts are you at...how long you owned it?
8.) Any other ideas on other guns that fit that criteria?
Sorry if thats long winded or snide, I just didn't want alot of replies about the awesomeness of guns that wont fit him or that are out of price range.
Thank you for reading.
However I did buy one of the CZ All American Trap guns this spring. Have over 2000 rds thru it so far this year, NO problems.
What I have noticed that it isn't easly opened,that will probably change with use.The action does not open as far as I would like,but I have not compaired it to other single bbl ,s. I do have the 30" bbl.Not sure of the weight,but it is heavy in the action and butt stock.