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Old January 14th, 2020, 08:02 PM #1
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Looking to get my 7 year old his first shotgun

Iím looking to get my son his first shotgun sometime in the next few months. He has a .22 cricket right now and is doing very well with it. I was wonder what any of you guys started your kids out on that was not to much for them. I have been looking at the mossberg 500 youth 20ga. Should I go with a single, pump or semi auto? He is average height and weighs around 55 lbs if any of that helps.
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Depending on your finances, I’d recommend a pump, or semi auto.

My first was a break action, and while appreciated, I’d go for which of those I could afford for my son. SA first If possible, then pump.

The youth models can swap out stocks and barrels later in life and the shorter barrels will be good later on or could be changed out.

I am personally a remmy guy, so 870 or 1187, or v3. Not sure about youth in v3. But other companies make good stuff as well, at different price points. Mossy, the b’s and some others.

A lot of good choices out there.

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Going from a Cricket to a .20ga seems like a lot for a 7 year old. I've always been fairly stout, but I don't know that a 7yo me would have been ok with a 20ga. Maybe he should try someone else's first?
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you may well run into an issue with length of Pull. Most youth models have around a 13" LOP...great for many adolescents, too long for hyounger kids. The shortest LOP of which I am aware is the Mossberg Super Bantam which has a 12" LOP but also a spacer to increase to 13" later. It can also take adult stocks. I would recommend a 20 ga. The regular Mossberg Youth is 13" LOP. One more issue: Most youth shotguns have short barrels. Many clays courses require minimum 24" or 26" barrels. Longer barrels can be easily acquired later, but you may have to do some hunting to find a clays place to shoot a youth shotgun.
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There isn't much that a kid that young can handle, have been trying to find a way to get my 8yo something to shoot clays with me. Have a Rem 870 "first in the filed" edition. It's an 18"barrel pump, 12"LOP, and is still too large, with too much recoil despite being the absolute smallest pump gun possible. LOP is OK, but it's too forward heavy for him to properly mount. Probably a small single or double break in 410 would be OK, but will take a couple years to get up to a tiny 20ga
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That size you are pretty well limited to a single shot 410 with a decent recoil pad. I bought my oldest an 870 youth at 7 or 8 but he is a big kid. My middle child is 7 now at about 55 lbs and is no where near shooting the 870 youth.

Itís a tough spot. A light gun is easy to handle but has a lot of recoil; even a small .410 will surprise you. A heavier gun is more tame but harder to handle. I will say that the 870 youth isnít bad. Remington makes low recoil bird shot that works. Best bet is to try a few out and see what he can comfortably shoulder.
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A few things.

A pump will have more recoil than a semi auto.

A smaller lighter gun will have more recoil.
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Going from a Cricket to a .20ga seems like a lot for a 7 year old. I've always been fairly stout, but I don't know that a 7yo me would have been ok with a 20ga. Maybe he should try someone else's first?
this. My bro gave his kid a single shot 410, too young, and it scarred him for a long time.

If hes doing well with a rifle, upgrade that. Maybe a pistol caliber carbine. Or if you really want to impress him with your dad skills, find an easy-shooting gun from Fortnite or PUBG he might want to try.
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I don't know how many seven year olds can handle a shotgun and if they can, manage the recoil and want to shoot again. semi auto's are harder to handle because they weigh more but reduce recoil quite a bit. I'd stick with the 22 or maybe a little bigger rifle with no recoil for now.
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Henry makes a smooth bore lever action 22 (Garden Gun). The LOP is probably too long but you can probably cut it down for him.
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