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  • Whats a good age to start shooting 12 gauge?

    Posted by snipercudaa on August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    My uncle got my younger cousin (12, about average height and weight for his age) a Remington 870 for his birthday. He has a 410 over under and has shot 20 gauge before. My parents and aunt (who also hunt and like skeet) are saying to wait until 14 or 15. I personally think he is ready, since he has experience and he is old enough to control the recoil. My cousin also cant wait to shoot 12 gauge and is begging my family whenever he can to allow it. My uncle also has recoil pads btw. What should I do?

    snipercudaa replied 1 week, 6 days ago 2 Members · 19 Replies
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  • Barcher122

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    He’s old enough, by 12 I had ditched the 20g I was skinny as hell

  • bonosestente

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Good age to start is when you can handle the recoil. Some do it at 10, some never.

  • XR171

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Factor the loads in too. Maybe start him off with target loads (as opposed to a 3″ turkey shell). See how that goes.

    The big things are in the training. Let your nephew watch someone experienced shoot a full power shell a few times. Explain why you’re holding it the way you do, let him see the recoil.

    Don’t do what my grandfather did. He gave me a side by side loaded with two 3″ slugs and dared me to pull both the triggers together.

  • Jakebsorensen

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I started at 10 with reduced recoil loads

  • OyeHowdy21

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    If the kid wants to try it then only load one shell. If it knocks him on his ass and he wants to wait then there ya go. If it knocks him on his ass and he wants try try again let him. If he handles it perfectly then there you go he’s ready. The key is to only load one shell so there’s no accidents with the next shell.

  • WYguy23

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    What should you do? Nothing. You’re not the 12 year olds parent.

  • ThePariah77

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I had this wonderful experience the other week at the range:

    Middle aged dude and a little girl who I assumed was his daughter set up the lane next to me. She couldn’t have been past maybe 10th grade. They start shooting and I keep doing my thing. Next thing I know I hear a 12 gauge going off and out of the corner of my eye I see the dad standing behind the lane with a shit-eating grin. I look over and see that this 5’2″ girlie had just dumped 5 rounds of 00 buck downrange out of a full-length M590. I got to chatting them up and she tried my KSG, and did another 5 rounds no sweat. Apparently, she’d only been shooting for about a year and a half, but she has a lotta fun doing it and her go-to is her dad’s 590.

    Let the boy shoot 12 gauge. Worst case scenario, you give him mini shells or low-recoil loads.

  • Subverto_

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    You can shoot 12 gauge at whatever age you can tolerate the recoil. My girlfriend is 34 and still much prefers her 20ga for sporting clays.

  • GoGoCrumbly

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    So try it. A few rounds and you’ll know if it’s too much. It’s not going to injure the kid. Maybe a bruise, maybe a big bruise if it’s not seated properly into his shoulder.

  • TheRealRaceMiller

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    It all depends on the maturity level of the person. There are some adults that should not be around firearms.

  • bluewing

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    It’s all about fit.

    If the gun don’t fit, you could be 30 years old, 6’2″, 200lbs of rawhide and steel and it will beat the total snot out of you.

    If it does fit you correctly, you can be 5′ nothin’ and an 80lbs weakling and you could run 100 rounds of heavy 3″ magnums everyday as if nothing happened.

  • BigBry36

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I am an NRA shotgun instructor with the Boy Scouts… I generally see scouts grab a 12ga when they are personally comfortable with the larger firearm. I had some try my Benelli because they heard how expensive they were… and he did great… even though it was a little big. In short, if they are completely comfortable and can mount it, they can shoot it! Kids come in all shapes and sizes

  • JonathanMcdingus

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    For target loads he’s probably big enough.

    I don’t even shoot full power hunting loads as a grown man because, owie they hurt.

  • tcarlson65

    Guest
    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Everyone seems to think a .410 is a good beginner shotgun. They are more of an experts gun. Yes there is les recoil. But there is less payload and a smaller pattern. Harder to hit stuff with them.

    If a shooter can tolerate the 12 ga recoil then they are old enough to shoot one. There is not really an age. More so the size of a person and their tolerance for recoil.

    There are great youth stock guns along with recoil mitigating pads and lite loads.

    Good hearing protection is a must. The sound is sometimes a big part of flinching and not being tolerant of a larger bore.

  • sewiv

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    August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I started at 7. I was a skinny little kid.

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