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- Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:25:54 EST Q57VIXiQ No.43802
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How old do you have to be to fire a shotgun without breaking your arm?
William Demmerdadge - Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:26:30 EST Q57VIXiQ No.43803 Reply
Not under aged. Just curious.
Phyllis Greendock - Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:47:59 EST GLk+v0PO No.43804 Reply
depends on the gauge and age baby

also how big the person is
Polly Hinningsadge - Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:55:23 EST vERzgJPG No.43805 Reply
id wait till at least like 12, better yet 14
Cedric Sungerpene - Tue, 09 Apr 2019 21:03:38 EST ZKxGFNL5 No.43817 Reply
They make youth sized guns, they have shorter stocks and are good for girls or if you just want something handy on the ranch. the thing is age is not as much a factor as size, you kind of have to be a big dude to handle a 12 ga but they make little .410 snakecharmers that would be great for a kid.
Sidney Lightcocke - Wed, 01 May 2019 01:14:46 EST INiwhyst No.43856 Reply
Even a 4 year old can take the kick of a 410 without feeling it. Pheasant hunting is so popular here most kids get started on 410s by about the age of 5-6. I was 12 when when I got my 12 gauge, only issue I had with it was that it got heavy as fuck after walking 10 miles of brush.
Walter Blytheson - Wed, 01 May 2019 02:32:51 EST /LX0Hxw8 No.43857 Reply
some people will live their entire lives without knowing this level of strife. All I can do is *sip* my dew
Reuben Worthinggold - Sat, 11 May 2019 21:27:02 EST oE2zFKMt No.43858 Reply
depends on the guage, I fired a 12 guage at 12 but if hurt
Jenny Henderfoot - Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:21:30 EST 4iOrfLBC No.43897 Reply
Twelve is the magic number. I shot 20s and 12s at that age.
Esther Grandbanks - Thu, 20 Jun 2019 23:37:46 EST /KHNmeaF No.43909 Reply
I shot a 12 gauge at age 18-19 and Im a big guy and it still hurt
Edward Drennerway - Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:56:23 EST 39Efw6cR No.43919 Reply
12 is a good starting point, give or take a year.
Though if they're a shrimpy kid like I was, the barrel might seem heavy as hell.
When I was getting my Shotgun Merit Badge at summer camp, I could only manage it with the 20ga they had. I could take the recoil of the 12ga all day long, but they had a bull barrel on it, while the 20 was a featherweight.
Hannah Dezzleridge - Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:41:23 EST PW7JGVvk No.43989 Reply
Being raised in the country its 12.. . BB guns n broad tipped small compound bows at 8-9ish.
Fanny Greenfuck - Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:41:42 EST XvzQvBDU No.43991 Reply
Breaking your arm is highly unlikely unless you are single digits in age.

Shotguns in general have a sharp recoil impulse because of the fast burning powder and non-semi auto's are even worse because there is no action to slow down the impulse.

It also depends heavily on the loading and other things.

An example would be shooting light recoil birdshot out of a Benelli M4 or Franchi 48AL. I doubt one would even be bruised at 12-13 years old from 1 single shot if taught how to properly hold and shoot a gun.

However something like a 3 1/2" 12ga slug out of a single shot H&R Partner would be painful to even a long time shooter. I've shot dozens of different firearms and the only long gun that ever left me aching was several 12ga slugs from a Mossberg 500. I had some very minor bruising to the cheek/jaw and some mild bruising to my shoulder. And mind you this was during my competitive clay shooting time in my life and even still, I am very hard to bruise on my shoulder.

I don't usually go around kids because they are annoying as fuck and discourage scaring them with oversized guns and whatnot but the few times I've seen kids shoot calibers and guns too big for them they usually get knocked down from standing improperly, get scope eye, or a nearly broken wrist. They almost always drop the guns too. Usually it is a big laugh for the fudd father who is usually drinking but the kid usually gets scared away from guns and injured even if minorly.

I also have seen many children age 10-13 shoot lots of 20ga and 410's at least marginally effectively and some fire a 12ga. Most that know how to shoot guns that do have recoil can manage a 12ga's recoil, they just can't handle the weight.
Cyril Brimmerwater - Tue, 24 Dec 2019 10:03:26 EST PJS4mi4d No.44084 Reply
Just depends on the gauge and the weight, how strong the kid is, and how competent they are with stance. Like the poster above said, start them out with a 410 or a 20 gauge. Teach them right about safety, operation, and position. We had a trap/skeet team at one of the schools I went to, kids could start at 10 from what I remember.
Jack Bardwill - Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:40:54 EST TorFscSc No.44153 Reply
My dad is irresponsible. I was no pip squeak at 8, but still even an 8 year old can comfortably fire a 20gauge for a morning, or a 12gauge for a dozen rounds. Train your 8 year old on a 410 however and he/she will become a han solo at shooting skeet/trap.
Albert Trotman - Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:43:19 EST TorFscSc No.44207 Reply
8 years old in my experience... Having a dad from South Carolina while living in northern Illinois was the best!

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