Semi autos

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    • #1494
      Elizabeth Lanier
      Keymaster

      Ok, a semi automatic is a great gun to start shooting with, or to let new shooters try first. Available in several gauges, my favorite is the 20ga. Great for newbies, youth, dove hunting, and more. Many brands such as Beretta and Benelli come with “adjustable” stocks, allowing you to get the fit tweaked a bit according to your needs. They are great guns to get folks started on because they are not as heavy and don’t “kick”. In other words, they do not hurt if you have been taught to hold them correctly. Wooden stocks can be cut down to a shorter length of pull, (the distance from the butt of the gun to the trigger, or better understood for usage, the distance from your shoulder pocket to your trigger finger). Often women need a shorter LOP than the standard gun off the shelves come with and that is easy to do and often a good thing because then the butt pad of the gun can be changed to a softer aftermarket pad such as Kick-Eez. Hope this helps.

    • #1620
      Gil Ash
      Member

      Liz agree in semis and the beretta A400 20 and 28 ga are incredible!….. Also light and the sticks are finally getting low enough for most shooters to shot them. We would advise AGAINST synthetic stocks as you mentioned they cannot be altered so a variety of shooters can shoot them well. The puzzling thing to us is that all of the semis out there can be altered with their shims to shoot 2 full patterns high but cannot be altered to shoot flat or low. We understand that Mosberg is coming out with a semi that can be altered too low as well as too high and it has a thin comb that will make it the most easily shot semi around. Will keep you up to date in this.

    • #1623
      barbjump
      Participant

      I think your words “if you have been taught how to hold them correctly” are the key. I have both a Beretta A400 and a Browning O/U Citori. If (and that is certainly a big if) I mount the gun properly as Elizabeth has taught me, the O/U seems to kick less than the A400 which is even fitted with the kick-off unit. (Both are 20 ga.) For me at least, assuming the gun fits, a bad mount equals a bruise – regardless of the gun. B

    • #1651
      LaurenThomas
      Participant

      Any advice on a left handed semi 12ga? I am looking at the A400 and also thinking about the Syren. I will have to cut down either one probably 2.5″ or so. I have a Beretta over/under that I love but I want a semi so I can do the super sporting courses that I’m seeing here and there. Nice to see Gil on here! I took his class when he came to Ohio! Vicki was our leader in our group and it was really good.

    • #1652
      Elizabeth Lanier
      Keymaster

      Hey there Lauren! I am a big fan of Beretta and Benelli Semi Autos!! The Beretta’s can be tweaked to fit you almost perfectly. They have a shim system that allows you to change the cast and the comb height and I think they have a left handed eject. I know the Benelli’s come for lefties but with that said, I have shot lots of right handed eject semi autos off my left shoulder and never seen the shell. The one draw back is the safety is on the opposite side but for sporting clays you will not be using it like you would shooting birds. If you need a stock cut down that much, which is probably too much, you should consider a youth model and do not get a built in recoil system. How tall are you? Tell me a little more!

    • #1653
      LaurenThomas
      Participant

      Hi-
      Thanks for help! I am 5’4″. I had my over/under sized by Gil and then another man in Florida. It seems right to me now. I tried to measure the LOP but I don’t know where to measure from. It’s hard to find this stuff out on the internet! I just guessed 2.5″ by putting my stock up against my husband’s gun and measuring the difference. It may be not need 2.5′ cut off. I have no problem with shells going across my face. My Montefeltro did that. I would have kept it but it was too much work to adjust the cast. I think the Beretta may be the way to go, then. The safety and the eject are not a big deal, I just want something that I can get adjusted for me. I need all the help I can get, haha!

    • #1867
      LaurenThomas
      Participant

      HI All-
      Wanted to update – I ordered myself a Fabarms Syren semi-auto 12ga with a 28″ barrel. I am anxiously awaiting it and will tell all about it when I shoot it! I found a left-handed one in Vermont and ordered it, and the seller (Hero’s Arms) gave me a club discount when I identified myself as a G.R.I.T.S. member. I will bring it with me whenever I can make it to an event!

      Lauren

    • #1888
      Gil Ash
      Member

      Lauren can’t wait to see you and look at your new gun..the beginning stages of shotgunning for someone who has never shot is always so confusing because there is soooo much to learn and do and it can hurt and then there is the gun mount and the move and all the stuff…..a lot to learn and if you can there is great reward on the other side….wish there was an easy answer but there is not…..see you soon….GA

    • #1896
      LaurenThomas
      Participant

      HI Gil – Nice to see you too! Guess you remembered me from the class! I just decided I wanted an over/under and a semi. I just got the Syren yesterday – can’t wait to try it! It is a beautiful gun.

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