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Old 02-10-2013, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default Good first shotgun for my son??

When I was 12, I got my first 12 gauge shotgun. My son is turning 14, and I plan on getting him a 12 gauge. We won't be using it for hunting or skeet shooting, just target practice. Should I get him one with sights or a rib and what barrel size?
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:10 AM   #2
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The Mossberg FLEX 500 is nice.

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The Mossberg FLEX 500 is nice.
Seems like a nice gun. Ill have to check it out next time I'm in the gun store.

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I would get him.something with a vent rib with a little bit shorter barrel like a 24" because in my opinion it is a little bit easier to handle

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Get one with switch barrel capability.

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What about he stock and foregrip? Wood or synthetic? Does it matter? Will one be more durable?

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Synthetic cost less and is more durable.

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The 20 ga. below would be a strong recommendation. Good for damn-near anything and it'll be useful for a lifetime. They make different barrel lengths and have a slug barrel with rifle sights combo set too.

If your heart is set on a 12 ga click the link under this... He can always replace the rear stock or have an insert added later in life.
http://www.mossberg.com/product/shotguns-pump-action-500-bantam-all-purpose/52132

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Thanks for all the information guys. I have a lot to think about now. Another question I have is will a full size gun fit him, or does he need a youth sized gun, cause id love to get him a 870, Since it was my first gun. He's 5'3 and 135 pounds.

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At 5'-3" he is going to need a shorter stock. Remington and Mossberg both offer youth models, and I think one of the synthetic makes offers a shorter stock that fits a 12 gauge 870.

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