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Old 03-26-2014, 09:37 PM   #21
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The new shooters are easier to teach. They do not have bad habits. Easier to mold them.

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Lots of good suggestions on individual weapons. Can't really say I disagree with any of them so far. Pistol caliber long gun (lever or semi-auto), .223 AR15, none have much recoil.

But the best advice is to let her pick it out. Let her decide what fits her the best.

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I'm thinking about purchasing a rifle for my girlfriend and wanted some recommendations.

She is fairly small so nothing over powering. She has been able to shoot my .410 over/under with pretty good accuracy and control. However i'm looking for something with more practical uses.

I understand .22LR are difficult to come by and wouldn't mind finding a caliber that is both inexpensive and widely available. What's a good alternative to .22?

To reiterate, what do you guys suggest for a long gun that doesn't use .22 ammo and would be good for someone who is undersized. Basically I need a gun for a child.

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I think Vincine hit it. A 9mm carbine. The recoil is light and ammo is available at a decent price. My daughter is about 100 pounds, and she had no recoil complaints with an MP5.
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Colt AR6720.

It's a lighter variant of the AR6920.

Buy the MagPul MOE K2 grip (less strain on the wrist) and the A1 style carbine hand guard (single heat shield).

The carbine with iron sights and a 20 round magazine should weigh a little over six pounds.

The M1 carbine weighs about five and one half pounds.

A Ruger 10/22 weighs about five pounds.

Apart from the Kel-Tec 9MM carbine, all 9MM carbines weigh that much or more. Some have pretty good ergonomics and some don't.

The pistol caliber carbines are great if you already have a pistol chambered for the same ammunition and .22 is fine for target practice, but only the AR is a general purpose tool. Yes, ammo costs more.

Eventually, she'll need/want one anyway.

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And then there is the question of how is it loaded. Magazine, tube? etc. Do you have the patience to load it for her all the time? Again, most my girlfriends I take out shooting end up not getting the hang of loading full sized bullets in a magazine. Tube feed no problem. 22 magazines are manageable for them.

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Personally, I like the Henry lever actions. Whether you get a .22 or .357 which can shoot .38 special) she would be able to handle it. Those guns are well made, easy to shoot and both of you will appreciate the quality. As far as .22 ammo is concerned....it will get better. The idiots who are hoarding will grow up and understand how destructive they are to the sport.
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17 HMR would be nice...low recoil and extremely accurate...if you are wanting something open sights though I would still go to .22LR...they are becoming more readily available (more meaning there are some) and prices have dropped some (still double that of a year and a half ago). But really if you can find a brick for $30 to $40 it is still cheaper than $13-15 for .17hmr

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I'm thinking about purchasing a rifle for my girlfriend and wanted some recommendations.

She is fairly small so nothing over powering. She has been able to shoot my .410 over/under with pretty good accuracy and control. However i'm looking for something with more practical uses.

I understand .22LR are difficult to come by and wouldn't mind finding a caliber that is both inexpensive and widely available. What's a good alternative to .22?

To reiterate, what do you guys suggest for a long gun that doesn't use .22 ammo and would be good for someone who is undersized. Basically I need a gun for a child.

Thanks!
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Im not sure if anyone suggested it yet (havent seen it anyway), but a 5.45 AR15. My female loved shooting one that my buddy owns. AR15s are light, small and girly and 5.45mm is even smaller then .223 and kicks like a baby. And, if you think spending 1500$ on an AR15 for her is too much just get a Saiga instead - they are MUCH cheaper, (in my opinion) perform well enough and look and feel nice, and are very easy to clean and maintain.

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My wife is small, and weak. Hence the nickname "spaghetti arms". I have an M&P 15 in 5.56, 9mm AR pistol, and glock 19 that are "her guns". I asked her if it came down to a home defense situation, what would you grab first? She says Carbine AR every time, because she is the most comfortable handling it.

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