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Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Sunklands, Mar 1, 2018.
Who offers one and can it be upgraded later with an adult stock?
Franchi Affinity Compact, pretty nice for a youth type shotgun and comes with stock spacers so it can be updated as needed later on.
At least there's one company out there that offers them. The boy wants a gun he can use for years to come but, also needs it to where he can grow into it. Would like to find something cheaper but, I see it's a limited market.
I whish they offered the Stoeger Condor in a youth 12.
Beretta 300 has a stock spacer also.
No youth should be cursed with a Stoeger. Give the kid a fighting chance.
Nocal is right: the A300 Outlander synthetic has a 1" spacer installed on the buttstock that could be removed. It comes with another spacer that is 1/2" thick so you can vary LOP in 1/2" increments. If that 1" reduction in LOP is enough for your child, then the A300 would be a fine gun for any young shooter to start out with.
So far the best thing I've ever come across for youth 12ga is:
I have the waterfowl version, 28" barrels.
It weighs (on 2 digital scales) 6lbs 10.6 oz (6.66 lbs)-- this is lighter than MANY 20ga guns! In fact, my Win SX3 2ga compact is 6 lbs 9.9oz, so basically 1/2oz less-- and that's their youth 20ga!
It has a very short LOP also, not sure what it is but shorter than my Maxus, Cynergy, 682, or most any 12ga I've tried at the store... I liked it because of jackets while duck hunting, but good for kids.
Weatherby will sell you a stock for $75 or so, I got an extra full-size 20ga stock for my SA08 20ga compact, $75.
Because they are gas semi-auto, they have reduced recoils, so again a good thing for a youth gun.
Great guns also. I liked this 12ga so good I ended up buying a 20 and 28ga SA-08 also. I mostly use my camo cynergy for duck hunting now, but mostly because I like the 2 chokes I get from o/u, but I wouldn't hesitate to take the Wby out duck hunting and feel solid for reliability.
I looked for the SA-08 in a compact 12 but only came up with 20 gauges.
Its not a compact, just regular... but its still pretty darn compact is what I'm saying.
IMO, while the Weatherby has a great rep and following, the Beretta 300 will likely be a better candidate for longevity when it comes to parts availability.
I say this based upon your expressed intent this be a long held shotgun (adolescence to adulthood) and my (and that of others) experience with Turkish made shotguns (parts availability) a few years after purchase.