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If you were to buy a good quality first gun for a 12 yr old. One that he could keep for a long time what would you get.

I am going to go ahead and go with pump since spending $600 plus is too excessive in this case. I think any of the guns I mentioned are great choices, is there something I am missing?
 

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Can't go wrong with an 870.
 

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the 870 is a great gun. I assume you will be going with 20 gauge? I have a 870 mag 12 gauge turkey special, its light and short (probably shorter than a youth gun), and it kicks like a horse w/ 3" turkey loads.

[Edited on 12-16-2009 by MellerAM]
 

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he shoots my 12 ga 870 without a problem. So probly going to go 12 ga. since he normally goes with me and I can just have extra shells for him and not have to find/buy 20 ga. shells.

Other than the gun to buy, details I should suggest for his dad to get on this gun.
- Protective coating/camo dipped(more to help with rust resistance

-24" preffered or max 26" barrel length

- anytype of sites, just beed or some sort of front site? Probably be mostly a skeet/waterfowl gun for now

anything else?
 

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[rquote=1512721&tid=105501&author=Big L]870,the kids these days can be huge,know lots of 12-13 year olds pushin 175-200 lbs[/rquote]

He isnt anything close to huge. skinny little fart. But as far as I can tell he hasnt hurt to much with my 870. Heck, his dads 20 ga. seemed to hurt more than my 12ga. I figure a good recoil pad upgrade will help alot too though.
 

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Our local gunshop is closing down....They have a Benelli Nova on the rack, and everything in stock is now 20% off.:cheers::wave:
 

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I think the 870 is the best made of the mentioned guns. They didn't make 10 million of them for nothing.


That being said, I'd still start a 12 year old with a single shot HR Partner 20 ga mod.

I've never known anyone (especially a kid) who hasn't walked around with the safety off a pump or semi for an extended period of time. At 12 years old, kids forget things.

An 870 is a great gift for a High School graduation IMO.:02:
 

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not sure if they are even around, but what about the new remington pump, 877 I think? IF they are around, have the corks been figured out yet. and arent they coated to prevent rust and such.....
 

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[rquote=1512808&tid=105501&author=hun10]I got my first gun at age 12 and it was a Browning BPS 28" barrel. Not much else is heavier than that.[/rquote]True dat
 

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Pump will teach him how to shoot correctly. Once he has mastered correct shooting then he may want to move to a semi.
 
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[rquote=1512822&tid=105501&author=sand_manms]Pump will teach him how to shoot correctly. Once he has mastered correct shooting then he may want to move to a semi. [/rquote]I disagree :cheers:

[Edited on 12-16-2009 by greenheadsmoker613]
 
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